Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Fatal Flaw in a Theocracy

When a religious leader has clear control over the executive branch and its police force, the political advantages of this power could in theory be limited if he were forced to submit to the rule of law that was applied equally to all citizens. The courts and judges, by profession, are supposed to mete out justice without discrimination. But muslimism is constantly in need of ways to advance the interests of the believers who will support the mullahs and must weaken or punish the "non-believers" or apostates. Understanding this all too well, the koran made every effort to undermine the rule of law and to create a subservient population of the faithful bowing down to their preachers who write, enforce and hand down sentencing.

See the example from the rock group Clash's song "Rock the Casbah". Where they sing:

By order of the prophet
We ban that boogie sound
Degenerate the faithful
With that crazy Casbah sound
But the Bedouin they brought out
The electric camel drum
The local guitar picker
Got his guitar picking thumb
As soon as the shareef
Had cleared the square
They began to wail

Indeed, it would be fair to say that institutionalized lawlessness is the first pillar of faith in a mullah regime, and a crucial element in their overall efforts to create a rebellion-proof dictatorship. And again from "Rock the Casbah":

The king called up his jet fighters
He said you better earn your pay
Drop your bombs between the minarets

I'm open to learning if you can find me a benevolent theocracy. It'd be easier to find example after example of the abuses in every religion in the last 2000 years, but you get my point.