July 3, 2006

God's Own Party

The Seattle Times ran an article worth reading by Kevin Phillips, author of American Theocracy : The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century. Mr. Phillips makes the familiar claim that the Republican party has become the first religious party in America. "Today, a leading power such as the United States approaches theocracy when it meets the conditions currently on display: an elected leader who believes himself to speak for the Almighty, a ruling political party that represents religious true believers, the certainty of many Republican voters that government should be guided by religion and, on top of it all, a White House that adopts agendas seemingly animated by biblical worldviews."

I do believe that it is important to acknowledge that not all Christians support the march toward Christian theocracy. In fact, I suspect that most Christians are upset that the religious Right seems to have taken over both the GOP and American Christianity itself. They are starting to realize that the policies of the Bush administration bear little resemblance to the teachings they attribute to Jesus. Some, although nowhere near enough, are even starting to speak out. I hope it is not a case of being too little, too late.