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Monday, May 08, 2006

Theocracy: The Next Generation?

Last Wednesday, the Alabama Pundit posted a poll showing Riley soundly beating Moore. Of interest, the poll also showed that "Riley beats Moore 4:1 among voters over age 65, but only wins by 3:2 among voters under 35."

Today, I read this story on Mini-Moore, written by a "16-year-old journalist, blogger, and student." The introduction:

In the history of our nation, few men have risen to places of power, yet remained faithful to the Lord and His Word. Few men have been passionate about important issues and causes, yet remained humble and accessible to those around them.

In a nation where judicial activism and political correctness are rampant, it is difficult to find even one man willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of Almighty God, without backing down or caving in to the pressure of opposition.

In the state of Alabama there is such a man. His name is Justice Tom Parker.

The article is full of misstatements and confusion. For example, blasting activist judges, but then complaining because no court would intervene in the Terry Schiavo situation. Or lauding the pro-life Mini-Moore but failing to explain how that squares with his equally strong support for capital punishment. But for this post I am more concerned with what the article says about its author than with what it actually says. What worries me is the author's approving quote of this Mini-Moore beauty:

"The defining question for the American people today is this: By what standard? By what standard shall we govern ourselves? By what standard shall our courts interpret the Constitution? Who is the ultimate voice of authority? Is it the people? Is it the judges who wear black robes? Are they truly the ultimate voice of authority? Or is there a higher source from which even the legitimacy of constitutions ultimately derive their authority, and to whom the allegiance of every policy maker and judge is due?"

In answer to this question, Justice Parker made the following proclamation:

"The very God of Holy Scriptures, the Creator, is the source of law, life, and liberty. It is to Him, not evolving standards or arbitrary pronouncements of judges, that the leaders of every nation owe their ultimate allegiance.

"May God guide us and direct us. May we boldly proclaim that it is God, Jesus Christ who gives us life and liberty. May we, as justices who have taken oaths to our God, never fear to acknowledge Him. And may the Alabama Supreme Court lead this nation in our gratitude, humility and deference, to the only true source of law, our Creator."

Normally, I laugh at any suggestion that this country is headed towards theocratic rule. People have too much sense. Even fervent Christians realize that a theocratic government only benefits the group in power. Because we can't know who will be in power, it is best to leave God out of government. If the decision is between Mini-Moore's view of what God wants, and what the law requires, Mini-Moore must choose the law. If he can not do that, he should not be a judge. I think most folks would agree with this.

But I don't know many young people. Is this how all of them think? If so, are these really their thoughts? I mean, how can any sixteen year old know whether "judicial activism and political correctness are rampant?" If these are their thoughts, should we worry about the continued existence of religious liberty? What can the rest of us do to help?