In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore speaks at a rally in Fairhope, Ala. According to a Washington Post story Nov. 9, an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Roy Moore, Christocrat

(RNS) — Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, that state's controversial Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, has a long record as a religious right zealot.

Moore has been suspended twice from the state Supreme Court, for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments statue from state grounds and for refusing to obey the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriages.

Because of his beliefs and actions, Moore has been labeled a theocrat. But I prefer a different and more precise term — “Christocrat” — to describe Moore and other politicians who share similar views.

A Christocrat believes America was once “the shining city on the hill” but has in recent decades lost its moral, political, cultural and religious moorings.

Christocrats believe a radical transformation is necessary for the United States to fulfill its God-ordained “manifest destiny” and be saved from the evil secular humanists who seek to destroy “Christian America.”

A Christocrat distrusts the people and leaders of urban America and is threatened by the rapid demographic changes taking place throughout the U.S. Christocrats idealize the “purity” of our nation’s rural areas whose residents are overwhelmingly white Christians. A central Christocratic belief is that God’s laws (of course as Christocrats define them) represent the ultimate authority in a Christian America.

Many Christocrats are willing to sacrifice historic American freedoms and rights for a greater good: God’s plan as revealed to Christocratic leaders who alone have the spiritual and political credentials to define and enforce what is good and godly for America.

For Christocrats, the sovereignty of God transcends the supremacy of the Constitution. People who do not share this view are frequently tarred with two epithets: anti-faith and anti-Christian.

Christocrat enemies include elitist globalists and the United Nations, two powerful adversaries that, they believe, seek control of American society. To combat these twin evil forces, nothing less than a total political, cultural and religious change within our country will suffice. Not surprisingly, the Christocratic “diagnosis” comes at a time when the United States population is increasingly multireligious, multiracial and multiethnic.

Christocrats seek control of all areas of American society. Once that goal is achieved, a truly Christian republic will be established, a political reality far different from anything ever seen before in the history of the United States. In such a society, Christocratic religious and political leaders would act as America’s true guardians, and a new Christocratic party would rule the country.

What are the specific targets of a Christocratic revolution?

Sexual behavior heads the list. Obsessed by what takes place in America’s bedrooms, Christocrats seek to single out and punish LGBTQ people. In their eyes, a recent Supreme Court ruling that makes same-sex marriages legal — Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) — must be overturned.

Another goal is the dismantling of “government schools,” the derisive term for America’s public schools, and their replacement with publicly funded “Christian academies.” Christocrats oppose the teaching of evolution and they seek the removal from school libraries of textbooks and other teaching material they deem “anti-religious.” Recently, a Biloxi, Miss., school district removed Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” from an eighth-grade reading list because the classic novel “makes people uncomfortable.”

A major target is abortion. If I could awaken Christocrats at 3 a.m. and ask them: “What is the most pressing domestic issue in America today?” I am certain the immediate, albeit groggy, answer would be “Stop all abortions!” For Christocrats, the never-ending battle to ban legal abortions is their Gettysburg, the turning point in the war they are waging. It is their overriding passion and for them, a fight to the finish.

Another target is the courtroom. There is an unceasing campaign to remove “liberal judicial activists” from the bench and replace them with jurists who reflect Christocratic legal views.

Court decisions would have to pass a religious test, including such questions as “Is the law in line with ‘traditional Christian biblical principles’?” If Christocrats can place enough like-minded judges in the nation’s complex court system, the effort to impose a Christocratic agenda upon the country will not be so dependent upon sometimes-unpredictable judicial election results. Packing the courts with Christocratic-leaning judges is essential.

A chief target is the media. Christocrats have in recent years established their own print, electronic and social media platforms that are hostile to “one worlders,” “globalization,” “cosmopolitans” and “coastal elites.” Prime targets include NPR and PBS.

Public libraries are also on the Christocrats’ hit list. Because they recognize the need for public libraries, Christocrats' goal is to gain control of them by claiming libraries foster universalism and provide anti-Christian reading and teaching environments.

If local library boards and staffs can be cowed into submission, Christocrats can then exercise authority over acquisitions and the hiring of professional personnel.

Another target is public space. Christocrats have mounted strong efforts, like Moore’s, to dominate the public square. The intent is to weaken the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty, destroy the traditional wall of church-state separation and establish their form of Christianity as “America’s religion.”

Christocrats have publicly repeated their intention to permanently change America. Their campaign is there for all to see. We have been warned.

Caveat emptor!

Comments

  1. An excellent analysis. I especially like the word “Christocrat”.

    I think author Rudin *may* have omitted one important point (? perhaps in the interests of brevity?): the role of resentment in the thinking ot these folks. From what I’ve read in the work of other folks, or read about that work (e.g. Kathryn Cramer, Arlie Hochschild), resentment seems to be particularly important.

  2. Just a brief note on the Biloxi school district’s removal of “To Kill A Mockingbird” from 8th-grade reading lists.

    That one is NOT a “Christocrat” thing. That one is solidly a “PC Liberal Police” thing. The reason for the ban is not that the book makes Christians “uncomfortable”, but that it makes black students “uncomfortable”. How? By quoting the N-word (even though the book itself is clearly written to oppose the racism that gave us the N-word.)

    So it isn’t the “Christocrats” like Judge Moore who are causing the censorship problem. It’s the “Liberals” like Rabbi Rudin, who are causing the censorship problem. (Other items can be critiqued as well, but let’s start with this one.)

  3. Sorry. I don’t like the use of Christ in your made-up word because Christ has nothing to do with this behavior or spirit Just call it what it is.

  4. Other than the people involved being Christian and claiming to be autocrats for Jesus.

  5. Whataboutism
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whataboutism

    …Use by Donald Trump

    Critics say that US President Donald Trump has engaged in whataboutism in response to criticism leveled at him, his policies, or his support of controversial world leaders.

    National Public Radio (NPR) reported, “President Trump has developed a consistent tactic when he’s criticized: say that someone else is worse. NPR noted Trump chose to criticize the Affordable Care Act when he himself faced criticism over the proposed American Health Care Act of 2017, “Instead of giving a reasoned defense, he went for blunt offense, which is a hallmark of whataboutism.”

    NPR noted similarities in use of the tactic by Putin and Trump, “it’s no less striking that while Putin’s Russia is causing the Trump administration so much trouble, Trump nevertheless often sounds an awful lot like Putin.”

    When criticized or asked to defend his behavior, Trump has frequently changed the subject by criticizing Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration,and the Affordable Care Act.When asked about Russian human rights violations, Trump has shifted focus to the US itself,employing whataboutism tactics similar to those used by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    After Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called Putin a killer, Trump responded by saying that the US government was also guilty of killing people.Garry Kasparov commented to Columbia Journalism Review on Trump’s use of whataboutism: “Moral relativism, ‘whataboutism,’ has always been a favorite weapon of illiberal regimes. For a US president
    to employ it against his own country is tragic.”

    Mother Jones compared Trump’s use of whataboutism to Putin’s, and consulted Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Russian scholar Dmitry Dubrovsky for his analysis. Dubrovsky noted usage of the tactic by Trump and Putin, as well as by Marine Le Pen, as a way “to destroy the democratic values of the truth.” Mother Jones wrote, “In Trump’s version of whataboutism, he repeatedly takes a word leveled in criticism against him and turns it back on his opponents—sidestepping the accusation and undercutting the meaning of the word at the same time.”

  6. Hey Ben……did you write that? lol I suppose if you used your real name, we just would have laughed harder!

  7. How often has it been banned from schools in the last 30 years? Because it makes people feel uncomfortable? Certainly presents a different narrative that many have woven as to the lack of racism as part of the history of ihe South – the Daughters of the Confederacy for one. Or the debate over the Confederate flag? I would not be too fast to blame this on a PC Liberal. Particularly given that we know nothing as to the context of the complaint. Never saw anything specific about it making black students uncomfortable.

  8. It isn’t being “autocrats” for Jesus, Spud. Christ went through a lot to protect us from eternal death because of His love for us. He created us, and He bought us with His blood. Part of our debt to Him, is to acknowledge what He taught and respect Him – small request for someone who died for one.

  9. You may believe so. I don’t have to. The people in question hate democracy and everything it stands for. They are everything wrong with the intersection of religion and politics.

  10. They have as nasty habit of declaring such things in public. It’s what happens when you immerse yourself in the political realm.

  11. You mean you can’t take people at their words or rely on the statements they make in public, books they write, platforms announced in political events, what they propose as bills, what they vote for, the media they write, their blogs or social media?

    Everyone knows what they are thinking because they don’t ever shut up about it. They want everyone to follow along. Willingly or not.

  12. Is Kris Kristofferson a Kristokrat? That’s what I’d like to know.

    Hey guys – and my tough sister in Christ Sandi Luckins – check out John Daniel Davidson, “Long Before Assault Allegations, Roy Moore Betrayed Conservatism: Social conservatives embraced Roy Moore because they thought he was fighting for them. In fact, Moore was never a conservative to begin with”, The Federalist, November 14, 2017.

    There are already 622 comments & counting!

    The Federalist is conservative. They call fellow conservatives voting for Roy Moore, “hypocrites”.

    So, is Kris Kristofferson a Kristokrat? That’s what I’d like to know.

  13. Christian also uses Christ as its root and was originally a word used to denigrate the followers of Christ. It translates as Little Christ and was originally intended to be as hurtful in the 1st Century CE as sissy, queer and the N Word today.

  14. Of course the school board offered nothing specific. (Would you or I, as school officials, want the specific phrase “black students uncomfortable” coming back on us in the media)?

    But even the way-too-liberal WaPo, made things clear. Wasn’t difficult, because it’s the N-word. Hence, black students uncomfortable.

    Garvey Jackson, 13, sat at his desk in Hillsborough, N.C., one day in 2004 and listened to his classmates read “Mockingbird” aloud. N-word after n-word.
    “To put it simple, I felt uncomfortable,” Garvey told the Chapel Hill Herald. His mom did, too.
    So the boy made a shirt covered in words from the book — the n-word and its many 1930s-era derivatives — and wore it to English class.
    “If it’s good enough for the book, it’s good enough for the shirt,” Garvey told his teacher. He was promptly sent to the principal’s office, after which the boy declared that he wanted the book “out of the school system.”

    Garvey’s public protest earned a spot in the American Library Association’s very long list of formal efforts to ban “Mockingbird” — from the alleged “psychological damage” it did to the racial integration movement in Warren Township, Ind., in 1981, to Accomack County last year, when the mother of a biracial student stood before the school board and pleaded:
    “I’m not disputing this is great literature . . . But there is so much racial slurs in there and offensive wording that you can’t get past that.”

    –WaPo, Avi Selk, 10-17-17.

  15. As long as the word remains in use in schoolyards, the streets or any public place as a pejorative term to diminish/bully others along with bigotry and systemic (or overt) racism, there will be people who are offended by this word – from both sides of the spectrum..

  16. A lot of religious terms started out derogatorily. Quakers, Shakers, Puritans, etc.

  17. You are using the word “us” pretty loosely here. Don’t you mean Christ went through a lot to protect Christians from eternal death because of His love for Christians. He created Christians, and He bought Christians with His blood. Part of Christians debt to Him, is to acknowledge what He taught and respect Him – small request for someone who died for Christians.

    Because only I know if He created me, right?

  18. The parent and student who complained to the Biloxi school board have spoken to the media. In this case, they were African American. The specific complaint wasn’t just that they were uncomfortable, but they became uncomfortable when other students read the words out loud in class, started laughing, and the teacher did nothing about it.
    In other cases dating back to the book’s publication, however, it has been banned for being “immoral,” “filthy” or “trashy.”

  19. You apparently need to ask God for help distinguishing fruit from feces.

  20. Yes. The best kind. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” is a stone cold classic.

  21. Those are certainly things you believe to be true. Others like the author have a differing view. The question then becomes: What makes us think the biblical claims about Jesus are all true?

  22. “Each of his disciples died in a different, horrific manner. ”

    This is not actually a historically proven claim….at best, the execution of James the Just is pretty well attested in a manner no more horrific than any other person of that time.

  23. “‘Here’s a song written by Kris Kristofferson,’ Johnny [Cash] told a national television audience. ‘Don’t forget that name.'” (Matt Alpert, “The Great Story Behind ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down'”, Wide Open Country, November 13, 2017.)

    “I’m just real grateful for that song because it opened up a whole a lot doors for me. So many people that I admired, admired it. Actually, it was the song that allowed me to quit working for a living.” (“Kris Kristofferson on Writing for – and Outliving – His Idols”, NPR, February 3, 2013.)

    “Up goes my hand … I’m kneeling there and I carry a big load of guilt around … and I was just out of control, crying. It was a release. It really shook me up. … It was just a personal thing I was going through at the time. I had some kind of experience that I can’t even explain.” (Kris Kristofferson on a church service experience, in Jack McClintock, “Just a Good Ole Rhodes Scholar: Making It through the Night with Kris Kristofferson”, Playboy, March 1975.)

    Yup. My Kristokrat he is!

    Thanks for the song, Spuddie.

  24. snow don’t

    sage don’t

    saki do

    salt don’t

    scab sometimes

    sham don’t

    oh you mean shul

    nah, shul don’t

  25. i guess you don’t

    i do sometimes actually

    oh wait i read quickly

    not faces

    never mind

  26. I support Sandi Luckins

    Even though I don’t read

    She don’t need no defending

    But you men? Really men, mahn? 4 against 1? ~ applause ~ applause ~ applause ~

  27. Got that wrong

    Author never saw Disney’s Aristocats and found out how the spelling works

    Like you said, “in the interests of brevity”, he misspelt.

  28. YouTube the best

    Too bad Heaven’s Gate flopped. Watched it like 5 times, giving it a chance. Didn’t work. After Deer Hunter Michael Cimino should have excelled, and what better than to bring in My Kristokrat.

  29. The only way I got through that one was watching it in parts while commuting. 30-40 min blocks

    Its also the only way I got through the 5 hour cut of Das Boot and the 7 hour cut of Until the End of the World.

  30. Ah now you’re talking. The pleasure of watching hours & hours of a single show. There’s nothing like it when it comes to Korean TV Series. Sometimes for 2 straight weeks. Your beloved one can relate to that, I’m guessing. Hey, have a nice weekend and be in peace & 1 piece when dreadful Monday comes again.

  31. “There’s nothing like it when it comes to Korean TV Series. Sometimes for 2 straight weeks. Your beloved one can relate to that, I’m guessing”

    Japanese TV series for her. But close. She will binge watch anything with doctors or historical drama.

    Ha e a good weekend and happy holiday.

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