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For some deny that a state is well constituted, which neglects the polity of Moses, and is governed by the common laws of nations. The dangerous and seditious nature of this opinion I leave to the examination of others; it will be sufficient for me to have evinced it to be false and foolish.-- John Calvin
Easy to dismiss Calvin as a long dead fanatic. (Though he is often maligned, did you know that he approved of dancing? Many of today's American Christian fundamentalists are far more theocratic than John Calvin.
First a word of reason:
Leviticus not only condemns a man "who lies with a male as with a woman" and the eating of pork. It also prohibits seafood without fins. And tattoos.
So what makes one law still in force and another seemingly obsolete? Particularly when Jesus himself said "not one jot or one tittle" of the law would change?
"One wonders why several other Torah rules have been generally ignored while this one [about homosexuality] is elevated to the status of 'the word of God,' " wrote John Shelby Spong, the retired Episcopal bishop and liberal gadfly, in a recent online column.
"The Torah prescribes a kosher diet, which fundamentalists today ignore," Spong said. "The Torah says that a person cannot make a garment of two different kinds of fabric. It says that those who worship a false god should be executed."
Some extreme Christians' goal is to bring back Mosaic Law. It isn't too much to call them men who would like to be the American Taliban.
Theonomy. Dominion Theology. Christian Reconstructionism. All these terms may be unfamiliar to most people, but they shouldn't be. You should be aware of them and understand what lies behind them.
Collectively, the refer to the very extreme Religious Right - far beyond what is normally thought of the Religious Right. The groups which can be described as "Christian Reconstructionist" openly call for the elimination of not only the First Amendment but most of our Constitution and the "reconstruction" of our society along Old Testament lines.
Name unknown, What is Theonomy?
In the words of one of their own:
Capital crimes against the family include rebellion to parents, homosexuality and adultery. Sound harsh? Then what you are saying, in effect, is that God is harsh and that treason against the family is "not as bad" as treason against the state.
Jay Rogers, What is Theonomy?