Liberals decry the “religious right.” Many believe that if Americans don’t “gag” them and keep them out of politics we are going to be living in a theocratic state like in the days of Moses in ancient Israel or in modern-day Iran. If you don’t know what a theocracy is, then you better learn, because it seems to be coming to Tennessee. And, yes, there’s something about it that makes even me want to gag. Read more. . . .
According to liberals, a theocracy is a religiously controlled state. It is a return to the days of the state-supported institutional church. It is a return to the days when the Pope controlled the kings. Liberals are right to be concerned about a return to those days.
So what would liberals have us look for as evidence of a burgeoning theocratic state in Tennessee? It is people citing Bible verses to politicians as a reason for why they should vote a certain way. And when it’s preachers doing it, then things are really getting out of hand. Call the IRS.
If that troubles you, then start worrying. Last week, “over 300 ministers and people of faith,” members of a group called Clergy for Justice Tennessee, signed a letter to Governor Haslam that cited Biblical concepts as a reason for vetoing the so-called “ag gag” bill. The bill requires anyone who has a photo or video that may evidence abuse of livestock to turn it in to authorities within a very short period of time.
Why the major newspapers, some of which reported on this letter, and their editorial boards did not excoriate these ministers and Clergy for Justice for using the Bible to prop up their public policy position, I’ll never know. After all, I don’t even have to cite a Bible verse in reference to legislation to raise an outcry by the same media outlets.
To make matters worse, less than 30 days ago 100 ministers from Clergy for Justice lobbied the Governor to do the “moral and faithful thing” by expanding Medicaid.
Come on, mainstream media. Twice in 30 days? And no response?
Of course, I know why Clergy for Justice gets a pass from the media. It’s the same reason the ACLU and the Freedom from Religion Foundation didn’t make a peep about “separation of church and state” over Clergy for Justice’s recent efforts. The theology of Clergy for Justice, founded earlier this year, fits the liberal agenda.
By that I am not saying that only a liberal or a liberal theologian would agree with the assertion by Clergy for Justice that Man:
- was intended by God to be a “caretaker of the earth and all its inhabitants,” and
- should “show compassion to all God’s creatures.”
As a member of the religious right in “good” standing with the media, the ACLU, and others, I don’t disagree with those statements.
And I am not saying that only a liberal or theologically liberal person could oppose the “ag gag” bill. I’ve heard good arguments both for and against the bill. And some legislators known by liberals to be in the clutches of the “religious right” voted against the bill. And just yesterday the state’s Attorney General opined that the bill might be “constitutionally suspect.”
But I am saying that generally speaking, Clergy for Justice’s theology fits the liberal agenda espoused by the mainstream media, ACLU, Freedom from Religion, and others like them.
It fits because Clergy for Justice did not:
- speak out against Vanderbilt University when the issue was raised this year regarding its ongoing intolerance toward groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) because those groups require their student officers to believe the Biblical mandate that sexual intimacy be confined to marriage between a man and woman,
- say a word in support of the legislature’s effort to protect those groups even on the campuses of our public colleges, or
- speak up in defense of the religious liberties of students on our public college campuses who are studying social work, counseling, or psychology.
So these ministers and people of faith get a pass. I guess mainstream media and those who agree with them don’t mind a theocracy if it fits their agenda on major issues like these.
Their hypocrisy is almost palpable. It’s enough to make me want to gag.