More On That Plan For A Theocracy...How About Anarchy? genre: Hip-Gnosis & Polispeak & Six Degrees of Speculation

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Take a look at the following video and tell me you can't imagine that extreme religious groups in America could ever trigger the same sectarian strife that currently plagues the Middle East. I don't think the thought is that far fetched...and I'm convinced that the evidence supports the contention that ideological intransigence has led some religious leaders in the United States to the precipice of promoting acts of anarchy.

The gist of this video and many of the sermons that are being delivered in churches around the country is that the Bible is the only valid law. Further, the inference is that it is acceptable to ignore the laws of the nation when they conflict with God's law. What remains to be seen is the level of resistance that these religious zealots are willing to promote.

To understand how this movement evolved, one need look no further than the last seven years of the Bush presidency. By example, George Bush has given license to those who would elect to undermine or ignore established law in favor of divine guidance. Not only did Bush argue that his actions in office were the result of consultation with a higher being, he has frequently entertained and endorsed the notion that the court system is flawed and continues to engage in inappropriate "judicial activism."

Yes, he has grudgingly accepted the rulings of the courts...but not without willingly pressing the limits and challenging the conventional wisdom. These actions have established a growing sense of righteous infallibility amongst the faithful and their inclination for divinely driven defiance is palpable. My concern is how far the people his actions have enabled are willing to go should upcoming elections and rulings meet with their disapproval.

I realize what I'm positing may seem far fetched, but if one listens to the rumblings that are percolating in the evangelical community...inclusive of this video and James Dobson's current assault on Barack Obama...one begins to see a pattern of rejecting the authority of the government...especially if it continues to move in directions that do not uphold doctrine.

The reality of the matter is that evangelicals are still a formidable constituency that has shown a propensity to act in unison. Should that monolithic mentality be applied to the initiation of acts of anarchy, we could well witness the type of unrest that typified the Vietnam War era.

The fact that the last seven years have provided evangelicals a taste of the kind of kingdom they've long envisioned only exacerbates the potential for civil disobedience...and far worse. Toss in their beliefs about the end of days and the rapture and a worst case scenario isn't that much of a stretch. In fact, I suspect there are those who would view acts of anarchy as part and parcel of a preordained plan spelled out in the Bible.

While most Americans are preoccupied with the events taking place in the Middle East and the broader concept of the "war on terror", there is a growing body of evidence that suggests we need look no further than the confines of our own country to understand the dangers of ideological intransigence.

Let me be clear, I'm not predicting that anarchy is inevitable. On the other hand, I am signaling a warning that we're approaching a tumultuous transitional period. Unless we're mindful of the dangers of this smoldering mind set, we're at risk of being burned by the flames of fanaticism.

Comments

1 On June 27, 2008 at 1:16 PM, postsimian wrote —

I like your angle, though I disagree over the details. While I do think that they can be pushed to execute these "acts of anarchy," I believe it will in large part be determined by who is in power at the time. Notice how there weren't any abortion clinic bombings during Bush's term.

2 On June 27, 2008 at 5:12 PM, daniel wrote —

Postsimian,

Thanks for sharing your observations. If I've failed to be clear, my argument is premised upon the election of a candidate in November that would facilitate this kind of resistance on the part of those who adhere to strict religious doctrine as the only legitimate law.

Regardless, it could get real interesting, real fast. We'll have to wait and see.

Regards,

Daniel

3 On June 27, 2008 at 10:02 PM, postsimian wrote —

I'm looking forward to it. When the Dems are in control, all kinds of right-wing crazies come out of the woodwork--especially the fundies. It'll give me plenty of fodder to work with, but also, it'll help to illustrate the inanity (and, coincidentally, the insanity) of the wingnut fringe.

What I'm not looking forward to is the appeasement the left will undoubtedly bestow upon these loonies. I'm hoping we don't have another "stay the course no matter what" style of administration, but some things ought to be resisted on principle--we already know what their goals are, they're not fooling anybody.

Thanks for the response.

4 On June 28, 2008 at 10:01 AM, Ben in Oakland wrote —

This is what I think. Remmeber where you heard it first. If McSame picks the Huckster as his running mate, i don't think McCain will live out his term. Not that the huckster would have anything to do with it, but some christo-fascist will see Huckster, and the possible implementation of dominionist beliefs. so close to the presidency, that it would merely be carrying G's will to off Mcsame.

And then we begin "The Handmaid's Tale".

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