David Lane, a very powerful behind-the-scenes mover and shaker on the Christian right, has a column in Charisma News making the case for America as a Christian theocracy while railing about “pagan” Supreme Court justices who somehow think that the country is governed by the Constitution rather than by the Bible.
Never seen before in American history, the boorishly unrestrained “paganization” of the culture breeds wholesale devastation and dissolution, a cataclysmic crumbling of Western Civilization. “To deem the Lord’s name insignificant and ordinary is the same as despising it,” as the late South African theologian Pieter Adriaan Verhoef observed.
Where are “equal rights” for those who believe that homosexual behavior is sin as defined by Holy Scripture? If sexual desire or behavior toward a person or persons of one’s own sex is, on God’s authority, to be considered a vice, who then authorized the State to bless and hallow such vice and evangelize it through public education? Five pagan Supreme Court Justices?
The Bible frowns on a vast range of things people do. If he is going to be consistent — and if he actually had the power to do it, I have no doubt he would be — we must also make it illegal to have premarital sex, work on the sabbath, eat shellfish and a thousand other things. He also complains that the Supreme Court “Remov[ed] prayer from public education.” That is a lie. Millions of children pray in school every day and no one tries to stop them. What the Supreme Court removed was mandatory, government-composed prayer in public schools.
I’ve asked this question a thousand times and never gotten a coherent answer: If forcing school children to recite government-composed prayer in schools is not a violation of the Free Exercise of Religion clause, what possibly could be a violation? That’s not a problem for a theocrat like Lane, of course, because he doesn’t believe there is such a thing as freedom of religion. But for those who pretend to believe in that idea but still whine about the court’s removal of mandatory prayer in schools, they are either ignorant or lying.