Rick Santorum: Obama has Established a Secular Theocracy

Rick Santorum: Obama has Established a Secular Theocracy April 28, 2015

Secular theocracy? Former Senator and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum claims President Obama has established “a secular state religion” that represents “a very serious threat to liberty in America.”

In a recent interview with the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, Santorum accused the federal government of deliberately attacking those who do not accept the “secular orthodoxy” of the Obama administration.

Santorum told Perkins that, for the first time ever in U.S. history, religious liberty is under assault from a new secular theocracy:

For the first time in the history of our country, the government is attacking people, prosecuting people, calling for people to be rehabilitated, constraining in the military with our chaplaincy. We now see chaplain after chaplain being dismissed for not accepting the secular orthodoxy that this administration wants to put forward, criticizing people for holding biblical truth and counseling them in a biblically coherent way. We see businesses being prosecuted. We see all sorts of activity on the legislative front, where they are pushing — as we saw in Indiana — pushing bills that simply protect employees’ rights to be able to practice their faith consistent within an employment situation. And those things which were unanimously passed are now being fought against.

It’s a hostility to religion that we’ve never seen in the history of our country. And I read an interesting article the other day; it’s actually not the free exercise of religion that is being attacked, it’s actually a new religion that is being established. So we have the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with.

We have the state establishing a new religion, a secular state religion, a secular orthodoxy that everybody is going to have to comply with. We have now the secular church that is being imposed on this country and anybody that defects is subject to persecution and prosecution. That is a very serious threat to liberty in America.

The idea that the U.S. has somehow recently come under a secular theocracy is becoming a popular meme for conservative Republicans intent of frightening and manipulating their conservative Christian base.

Recently Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee promised that if elected president he would fight the “secular theocracy” that is supposedly destroying Christian liberty in America.

Appearing on an episode of James Robison’s Life Today television program, Huckabee said that if he was elected president he would have “God’s blessing” to fight the so-called “secular theocracy” that has been imposed upon the American people by atheists and humanists.

On the program, the host, televangelist James Robinson, declared:

We have a theocracy right now. It’s a secular theocracy!… Forced on us!

An excited Huckabee replied:

That’s it!

The notion of a “secular theocracy” is an absurd oxymoron. The word “secular” denotes attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis; while the word “theocracy” indicates a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god. Thus a secular theocracy is like a round square, a semantic contrivance that would be amusing if not for the depressing fact that such rhetoric is used to confuse and bamboozle the simple minded.

For the record, the United States was founded upon secular values. Santorum, Huckabee, and other religious conservatives are simply wrong when they try to claim that the U.S. is or was a Christian nation. The United States is, was, and always has been a secular nation. Claiming the United States is a “secular theocracy” insults the the intelligence, the U.S. Constitution, and hard-won common sense.

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