David Lane’s Theocratic Version of History

David Lane is not exactly a household name but he may be the single most powerful man on the Christian right these days, a major power broker in the Republican party. And to say that he has a twisted, theocratic vision of American history and secularism is a major understatement, as he demonstrates in this column at BarbWire.

Virtue is required for sustainable freedom. Secularists have successfully removed the transmission agent (The Word of God) for the accumulation of wisdom and knowledge, which created freedom in America. The nation is now basically biblically illiterate. Let’s be clear, the secularists and their priests — i.e., public education, higher learning, Hollywood and Media elite — have a coordinated, deliberate, sustained effort, a blitzkrieg, imposing an intolerant and aggressive false religion on America — Secularism.

This false god of Secularism — embedded in public education by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 — has glamorized, exalted and now normalized sin in America, creating a spiritually decadent, godless society. Proverbs instructs that easy sex and easy money are always the two temptations coming at the man — filth is everywhere. The deterrent for kids to resist temptation has been removed from public schools. Why would resisting the temptation for easy sex matter? Because, in God’s economy, righteousness exalts a nation and an individual. America has been hijacked, we are now living between Babel and the Beast.**

So what happened in 1963? The Supreme Court ruled that schools could not force school children to recite government-composed prayers. This is what Lane claims “embedded” this “false god of secularism” into American society. If forcing children to recite government-written prayers is not a violation of the First Amendment (multiple clauses — the Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause and the Free Speech Clause), what possibly could violate it? Even by the loosest possible standard of review, the coercion test, it would be a violation. What Lane is arguing for here is an actual theocracy, the government using its power to force citizens to confess a religious belief or suffer the consequences. And yet he has the chutzpah to say this just a few paragraphs later:

THE issue of the day from 1620 to 1770 was not abortion or homosexual marriage, it was religious liberty. Christianity has always been persecuted beginning in Acts 4 and throughout 2000 years of history. Only in America for the last 200 years have we Christians enjoyed Religious and Civil Liberty. Why are we the exception?

This is because of the tremendous influence that the Pilgrim and Puritanical worldview had on our political thinking in New England. Being free Englishmen holding devout Biblical worldviews, and believing that since God established civil government He would have a lot to say about it in the pages of Scripture, we have been given this exceptional country which believes that our rights come from God and not government and truth is not arbitrarily established by the King, but has been established by God — “the law of nature and nature’s God.”

Sorry David, but you clearly failed history. The Pilgrims, who were Puritans, did not believe in religious liberty at all. In the Plymouth Bay Colony (and later Massachusetts Bay Colony) that they created, it was, quite literally, illegal to be a different type of Christian, much less a Jew, Muslim, deist or atheist. Baptists were thrown in prison, exiled and even put to death. And you really think that only in America have Christians had religious liberty? Are you really that ignorant?

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  • Chiroptera

    Secularists have successfully removed the transmission agent (The Word of God) for the accumulation of wisdom and knowledge….

    Actually, it’s more like that the secularists have removed a blockage from an important duct.

    The Pilgrims, who were Puritans, did not believe in religious liberty at all. In the Plymouth Bay Colony (and later Massachusetts Bay Colony) that they created, it was, quite literally, illegal to be a different type of Christian, much less a Jew, Muslim, deist or atheist.

    In fact, the reason they were dissatisfied with living in England was that the Church of England was too tolerant of different views of Anglicism. Great Britain wasn’t exactly a hotbed of religious toleration (woe to any Catholics at that time!), but it was still too much for the Puritans!

    As usual, what the Christofascists call “religious freedom” is really the freedom to use the power of the state to squash any alternate viewpoints.

  • fmitchell

    Ah, yes, the “religious liberty” to believe what everyone else believes without fear of contradiction. Anyone who believes anything different is Not Of The Body and therefore rehabilitated, exiled, or killed.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Baptists were thrown in prison, exiled and even put to death. And you really think that only in America have Christians had religious liberty? Are you really that ignorant?

    He’s not ignorant of those days; he’s pining for them.

  • bachalon

    So if I understand him right, at the founding of the country, when we had neither public schools (and thus no prayer in school) we had no knowledge and wisdom? I thought we were a “christian nation” though? Do these guys ever really think things through?

  • Chiroptera

    bachalon, #4: Do these guys ever really think things through?

    The US right wing uses sound in the same way that monkeys and wolves will use various vocalizations to elicit specific fear/attack/emotional responses from other members of the pack. They don’t really have a conception how the precise choice of words in a particular order is meant to communicate complex or abstract ideas.

  • Moggie

    we have been given this exceptional country

    Oh, so the country was totally empty of people when the Christians arrived?

  • dugglebogey

    Are you sure that was David Lane? I thought that was Nathan Lane.

  • JustaTech

    ” Christianity has always been persecuted beginning in Acts 4 and throughout 2000 years of history.” Bwhahahahaha. *wipes eyes* Dude, you are so ignorant! Christianity was totally persecuted for all of the post-Roman period (the dark ages), the Middle ages, and the Rennaisance in Europe. As long as “persecuted” means “in charge of huge swaths of public life and the only permitted religion”. This guy is staggeringly stupid.

  • Michael Heath

    The Pilgrims didn’t merely prohibit religious freedom, those coming from Holland were escaping a culture that exercised religious freedom. One of these Pilgrims’ motivations to leave Holland was their increasingly inability to indoctrinate their progeny.

  • greg1466

    The nation is now basically biblically illiterate. “

    Funny. I would have thought that being “Biblically Illeterate” would be an absolute necessity for being both Christian and moral.

  • Electric Shaman

    The nation is now basically biblically illiterate

    He is actually correct in saying this, though not in the way he thinks he is. As we all know many Christians have no idea what is actually in the Bible, and seeing as how Americans are predominately Christian he accidentally told the truth. Though I doubt this is a recent trend…weren’t the clergy the only literate people in Western Europe for centuries?

    There is a panel debate show here in Australia called Q&A, and the other day I was watching a recent episode when one of the panelists had the gall to say we have Christianity to thank for ending slavery, because of the concept in the Bible that all men are created equal. I proceeded to yell at my TV. Unfortunately Christians do not hold a monopoly on stupid. The show constantly displays tweets from viewers, in which one idiot, who thought they were being super duper smart, replied with “Christianity invented slavery! Hasn’t he read the Old Testament?” I proceeded to yell at my TV some more. My girlfriend had to ask me to simmer down. This all happened within the space of a minute or two, and in hindsight I was yelling at an inanimate object, so she did have a point.

  • matty1

    THE issue of the day from 1620 to 1770 was not abortion or homosexual marriage, it was religious liberty.

    I’m assuming he means that this was the motivation for English settlement in north America and for the push for independence and I’m pretty sure he is wrong on both counts. There were numerous settlements, some with the goal of setting up their own theocracy as Ed mentions and some simply for profit so it is silly to see a single motive. As for the independence movement I suspect it had more to do with local elites gaining control of their own tax base and laws than abstract principles, although I will admit that you were lucky in getting early leaders whose interest in enlightenment philosophy led them to write some of those principles into your constitution.