Resisting the “Atheocracy”

Some of you may remember a Steven Spielberg film from about a decade ago, “Amistad.” It was a true story about a dozen or so African men on trial in 1841 for rebelling against slave traders who had abducted them. “Amistad” was the name of the slave boat. They won their case and it became an important milestone in the abolition movement.

The attorney who defended the Africans before the U.S. Supreme Court was John Quincy Adams, our nation’s fourth president and son of John Adams, one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

Accounts of the trial describe that throughout it, Adams kept appealing to a copy of the Declaration of Independence that was hanging on a pillar before the high court justices.

At one point Adams said, “In the Declaration of Independence, the laws of nature are announced and appealed to as identical with the laws of nature’s God—and as the foundation of all obligatory human laws.” Adams argued that if the rights of these African men were not given to them by God, then they could be taken away at the whim of other men or by the government. To deny the principles expressed in our Declaration, he said, “Reduces to brute force all the rights of man. It places all the sacred relations of life at the power of the strongest.”

John Quincy Adams was right.

America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy—a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add—the faith that our society is most hostile toward is Christianity in general, and Catholicism in particular. I could list many examples to prove my point: new unprecedented federal regulations, state directives and municipal ordinances infringing on the religions liberty of Catholics; the erosion of conscience clauses for Catholic health care workers; Catholic hospitals, schools and universities have been told they must provide insurance that covers services contrary to the goods of love and life—abortion, sterilization and contraception; and the injustices Catholic parents face in funding their children’s education. Many of us recognize that there is a new mentality in America, one that has grave risks for all believers—and puts in jeopardy all faith-based movements for social change and renewal.

As Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York said recently: “As Catholics we have never asked that others be forced to believe as we do. We serve people because we are Catholic, not because they are. We don’t ask the children we teach, the sick we heal, the homeless we shelter, the hungry we feed for a baptismal certificate or a passport. Nor do we ask for privileged treatment. But in turn we should never be forced to sacrifice our beliefs in order to participate fully as citizens in our common life, especially to our service to the poor, the suffering and the afflicted.”

An atheocracy is a dangerous place—morally and spiritually. Cut off from the religious moorings expressed in the Declaration of Independence, we risk becoming a nation without a soul, a people with no common purpose apart from material pursuits.

We need to restore our sense of government based on theism and natural law.

In the face of an atheocracy, we have to keep pointing our neighbors’ eyes to our Declaration of Independence. We have to keep insisting that the laws of nature’s God are the only sure foundation for our human laws. We have to keep insisting that without God, the sacred relations of life fall prey to brute force, to the power of the strongest.

America’s future depends today, as it always has, on the choices that faithful citizens will make. And that means rediscovering the basic religious and Christian values that are contained in our Declaration of Independence. It means living out our beliefs with what the Declaration calls a “firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”

God, not government, is the only sure guarantee of human rights and the blessings of our liberty. We need to live as if we believe that. Only a people who believes these truths to be sacred and self-evident, can build a society worthy of men and women created by God.
Through our witness to our beliefs we can help restore our national soul. Through our witness, we can bring forth a new springtime of hope for the Church, and for humanity, in America.

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  • ggroebner

    ATHEOCRACY The triumph of the Jewish subculture

  • Matt

    Author states “John Quincy Adams, our nation’s fourth president”

    Not to be too critical of an otherwise excellent article, but John Quincy Adams was the our nation’s 6th president…At least that is what all the sources I can find say.

  • caoimhin

    The move toward intolerant secularism occurred over the last few decades. It advanced when Democrats held power and remained static when Republicans were. Neither party gave us a move back toward natural law or religious freedom. But they will assure us it will be different if we vote for them this time. They ask us to do the same thing over and over expecting a different result. We need to pay more attention to track records and the mechanisms of power in Washington, not the rhetoric. We need to vote other than Republican or Democrat, even though everyone will say it’s futile. Better a long shot than a consistently proven failure.

  • caoimhin

    ggroebner, your comment is disgusting and ignorant.

  • ggroebner

    caoimhin, you can begin your educational process by reading the development of comments here:

    Sample: “The Jewish Roots & Legal Framework of Abortion: In the Talmud and rabbinic writings, the embryo and fetus are seen as limbs, as extensions of the life of the mother (Rosner 1978, 257-259). … it is not regarded as independent human life; it is a part of the body of the mother and has no ‘legal’ status of its own. Thus, in issues such as abortion, the presumption is always in favor of the mother. Jewish religious law permits abortion whenever the pregnancy poses a threat to the physical or, according to some interpretations to the psychological well-being of the mother (Feldman 1986, 79-90)…. [Once its head has emerged, however, it may not be harmed]… According to accepted Jewish teaching the soul enters at birth…the issue of ensoulment…dismisses it as ultimately unanswerable (Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 110b)… this matter is irrelevant to the question of abortion, since the life and health of the mother are the issues at stake…The Jews have seen the legalization of abortion as a matter of religious freedom.”

    And if you do not agree that the Jewish subculture has triumphed, can you at least agree that this has been the case in foreign policy and politics? Jewish Committee Chairmen: 1. Armed Services – Carl Levin 2. Environment And Public Works – Barbara Boxer 3. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members – Russ Feingold, Benjamin Cardin, Barbara Boxer 4. House Committee On Foreign Affairs – Howard Berman 5. Energy And Commerce – Henry Waxman 6. Banking And Finance – Barney Frank 7. Joint Committee On Taxation – Sander Levin 8. Senate Committee On Homeland Security – Joseph Lieberman 9. House Judiciary Committee – Jerrold Nadler 10. House Intelligence Committee Members – Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff.

  • caoimhin

    1. The ADL hardly represents all Jews. On just about any controversial issue you can find Jews on both sides. There is even a joke that if you ask 3 Jews you will get 4 different opinions.

    2. There are also Jews practicing medicine. I suppose this represents a nefarious Jewish plot to cure people of illnesses. You could use the same “logic” and selective use of data to “prove” that Catholics are behind America’s secularization.

    3. Education is one thing; miseducation is another. Joseph Goebbels was big on “education” also.

    4. Why on earth is Catholic Exchange permitting this posting of Nazi-style propaganda?

  • ggroebner

    #1 Try the comments. The comments have more general information (that is not specific to the ADL) than the article.
    Recommended reading:
    “Abortion is from the Jews: The Jewish Roots, and the Catholic Failure, on Abortion” –
    Try a search on: “Jewish culture pornography” Also try “Frankfurt School”.
    Also, the way Jews (like 80%) vote is atrocious:
    Not even to detail the Jewish culture in the corruption of banking and the constant war-mongering.
    None of this is really a big secret (except the juridical basis of abortion, which is not well-known).
    The Jewish cultural hegemony has been devastating to Western culture, which has almost no immunity to it.