Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Secular theocracy?

The state religions of the 20th century were heinous and the current tributes to the recently deceased Kim Jong-il evoke all over again the creepiness of state-as-religion.

Closer to home, we have Christmas and political correctness.  The PC screen filters faith-based assertions.  Some pass and some do not.  What are actually faith-based assertions re the merits of "alternative energy" (and a hundred other programs) are taken seriously by those who insist on their own secularist credentials.  

Is this the modern American civic religion?  Have we moved in the direction of a Secular Theocracy?  David Theroux argues that we have in Part I of this essay.  It is worth reading.


On a related theme, I liked Ross Douthat's tribute to Christopher Hitchens.