Category: theocracy

  • Harris County Theocracy

    Paul Kennedy asks, “How do you react when a judge asks a defendant entering a guilty plea whether or not he believes in Jesus?”* If you’re not from ’round these parts, that might seem like a strange question. But if you’re not from ’round here, you likely don’t have judges like John “Years of Trial […]

  • Texas Legislator Against Theocracy

    Mimicking proposed legislation in several other states, Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler) suggested a constitutional amendment prohibiting Texas courts from enforcing, considering or applying religious or cultural law. As a bulwark against Christian fundamentalist theocracy (which is, let’s face it, the only kind of theocracy we could possibly slip into), it’s a good start. It’ll also […]

  • Why We Must Keep the Church Out of Government

    In my first Blog Against Theocracy 2008 post I discussed why little-r-religion — people’s religious beliefs, as opposed to big-R-Religion (the Church) — is inevitably a part of criminal justice policy. Most churches have something to recommend them: they provide guidelines for how humans should behave in relation to each other. Don’t murder, don’t steal, […]