Offended by “God” spokesperson types
I typically take personal offense to the “God” spokesperson types. I’m not referring to a church pastor, but those who declare publicly on billboards and Facebook posts, etc., what God wants to say. It’s innocuous enough but in certain contexts it becomes horrific. The “God” spokesperson types who behead, burn alive and otherwise terrorize the world, apparently feel righteous in their extreme efforts to be loyal to their god.
A recent letter from a reader chastised someone who appointed themselves a “God” spokesperson, declaring, “I have seen no ballet on which God was named as a candidate for any office.”
The writer continued to school the rest of us through her cheeky ridicule about God’s so-called vote. She continued on with lessons for us all on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, quoting articles.
Her very next statement proved to me who she really is. She declares, “We are a democracy, not a theocracy.” She really wants to be a different kind of spokesperson. The kind that explains to everyone who we are. Politically speaking, that is.
We are not, in fact, a democracy. We are a constitutional republic. True, we hold high certain democratic values, but in reality if we were a democracy, we wouldn’t have the balances in power that keep authoritarian rule from taking over. A majority of like-minded people could subjugate minorities through the power of the vote. We have a system of caucuses, state delegations, Senate and House representation and many other checks and balances to ensure that no American minority groups are subject to true democracy.
The only thing I dislike as much as the classic “God” spokesperson is a demonstration of shallow sanctimony.