Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Theocratic Threat?



Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has - unwisely, in my opinion - referenced a Bible verse on his official Twitter and Facebook accounts. The verse is Phillippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."
 
The Freedom From Religion Foundation was quick to send the governor a cease and desist - actually delete - letter over the signatures of Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. 
 
Reasonable enough.
 
But check out this ridiculous paragraph:
 
On March 16, 2014, you posted on your official Twitter and Facebook accounts the words "Phillippians 4:13", a verse which reads, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (See attached screen shots) This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing. To say "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me," seems more like a threat, or the utterance of a theocratic dictator, than of a duly elected civil servant.  
 
Yes, how threatening! Why, the next thing you know our presidents will be taking their oath of office with a hand on the Bible or other holy book, like theocratic dictators! (And yes, I could do without that bit of pomp and circumstance, too; however, I don't feel threatened by it, nor when I see it do I feel I am staring a theocrat in the face.)
 
Yes, I would like to see our government neutral in matters of religion, protecting both the freedom of religion as well as protecting those who might feel disenfranchised for a lack of religious faith. 
 
But what I'm not liking is this constant battle between those who are overly zealous religiously and irreligiously.
 
I have no desire to live in a theocracy, but neither would I desire an American version of the Cult of Reason. Humans should not be persecuted for following their conscience and reason to what they feel is a natural conclusion.
 

At present I don't feel our country is in danger of falling into either extreme. Nevertheless, the constant saber rattling of both extremes is troublesome. 

6 comments:

  1. I live in Australia, so I am not familiar with all this, but wouldn't his Facebook page represent his personal opinions and not those of the Wisconsin state government? And therefore not threaten the neutrality of Government?

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    1. My understanding is that it was his official Facebook page. Nevertheless, I just think it's plain silly and an overreach to suggest that merely posting a reference to that Bible verse is a theocratic threat. But I guess that says something about the state of the "culture war" here in my country.

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  2. It is indeed just silly. Hey, Doug, when you going to try Face Book? You would reach a LOT of people and the exchange of ideas is exciting there. You'll have more 'free' time too.

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  3. I have so many reservations about Facebook. I feel I have more control of my blog.

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    1. True Doug. If one has family or friends (such as I do) whose beliefs no longer represent my own current thinking, it can be a minefield which one has to maneuver and carefully consider before posting one's true feelings. At least if you care to retain many of those friends and family in your circle.

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    2. Yeah, I think I'm happy where I am right now.

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