Mary Grabar

The theocracy is coming! The theocracy is coming!

So warn authors, documentary makers, and celebrities, who would like to rip away what they see as veils of religious superstition.

They warn us of the dangers of Christian belief and extend their arguments to religion in general. Elton John claims religion encourages hatred of gays. Ted Turner has stated that Christianity is a religion for losers. Michelle Goldberg, author of Kingdom Coming, warns about the gradual erosion of rights with the rise of what she calls “Christian nationalism”; she sees evidence is such things as workplace prayer sessions. Sam Harris, author of Letter to a Christian Nation, attributes conflict and war to religion. The elimination of religious belief, in his estimation, would lead to peace. Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, asks believers to follow his doctrine of empirical science (a relatively young and unstable endeavor compared to religion). These thinkers are on a mission and ask us to abandon our religious beliefs and adopt their ways of thinking, which they present as unclouded, and under which humanity will evolve to its potential.

They warn that Christians threaten such “rights” as abortion and stem cell research. Those like Michael J. Fox, they imply, would continue to suffer because Christians don’t want to give up embryos for research.

Christians erode civil rights, they claim, because they are against same-sex marriage. Furthermore these Christians who are the most outspoken against same-sex marriage are the very ones struggling with their own homosexual leanings. As Huffington Post columnist and advocate of sadomasochistic sex, Stephen Elliott, wrote, “if Mark Foley hadn’t repressed his homosexuality and desire for young boys he could have a lover closer to his own age who would have dressed up in a little school boy outfit and bent over the desk for a few whacks from the schoolmaster’s paddle.”

Indeed, these liberal advocates chortled when the Reverend Ted Haggard came falling down and rejoiced when their Democratic candidates won in the last election. They position themselves to be as “fearless” as their publisher Arianna Huffington who promotes her book for women and girls on that web magazine and on talk shows.

The references to self-will, and morality un-proscribed by religious restrictions or traditional values, give such magazines the feel of a convergence of free-thinkers. Much of the commentary is peppered with profanity. These thinkers and writers present themselves champions of the downtrodden, women, homosexuals, and minorities.

Mary Grabar

Mary Grabar earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia and teaches in Atlanta. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at Her writing can be found at