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Is the united states a theocracy?

Before I start this I want to clarify that I do not discriminate against any religion. You believe what you believe due to culture or family and religion can be a beautiful thing. It carries centuries upon centuries of history. The idea of "God'' was created when we were still primates. We had no idea how plants or animals were created from the beginning. The idea of this all powerful being creating us gave us comfort, it explained our questions. Throughout time and as we became more advanced, we created the concept of religion. We did rituals and celebrations to celebrate gods giving us a good harvest, or an annual celebrations. 

We still have religious celebrations, like christmas or easter yet they've become extremely commercialized. Religion is less apart of our daily lives then it was because we have the scientific explanation. Now we have the theory of evolution and the Big Bang theory, but back then all we had was religion to explain the unknown. We have physical evidence of fossils among other proven theories, yet religion still sticks around. Why? Because it is deep rooted into our culture.

What is a theocracy? Quoting britannica, "a government by divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided". More than 60% of the american nation is Christian. In public schools we stand every morning to the American pledge, as we rest on hand over our heart and recite the pledge we get to "one nation under god''. As a young girl I would mindlessly say the pledge from memory without really digesting the meaning. Our nation is built from christian beliefs and values. 

Let's start from the beginning. Pilgrims came to the americas to find religious freedom. If you look at it from that perspective, the American intention is good. Our founding fathers have clearly stated; "congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". Many older civilizations and societies were created to please the divine and were governed by priests. Instead of that, we are built on the laws of logic.  On June 24th 2022, Roe v Wade was overturned. Abortion is one of the most hotly debated topics between believers and nonbelievers. Since we have no concrete proof when exactly a fetus feels pain its become a matter of religious context. All six of the SCOTUS members that voted to overturn it were raised christian. See how backwards that is? Instead of voting with logic and the safety of women across the nation, they voted to fit their religion.

Now Roe v Wade is one of the many examples I could've used where christianity was used as an influence in the court of law. I am very worried for the future of America. For if going into an abortion clinic means people will show prejudice and spit at me that I'm going to hell, then that is not freedom. Stripping women of the bare minimum dude to terrible religious bigotry I will not stand for. So I ask the question, Is the united states a theocracy?" 

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I'm teetering on thought like that too. but look at alot of religious politicians that use "Proud Christian" as a way to get votes. now nation wide Idk abt that but here in texas its obvious what lawmakers make laws for "the lord"

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Almost every single president we've had has professed themselves as proud Christian. Great point!

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