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. 


  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?

    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.

  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.

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

    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.

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