In 1940, “If This Goes On …” was science-fiction master Robert Heinlein’s terrifying vision of a future era when America is turned into a Christian theocracy under the despotic rule of The Prophet. The frightening tale first was serialized, then in the 1950s was expanded and published in the book-length collection “Revolt in 2100.”
Today, I’m asking: Is a theocracy right around the corner in America?
If so, who will be in control?
Sharron Angle Controversy
Over Islam in America:
Sharron Angle doesn’t believe the U.S. Constitution requires the separation of church and state—but it’s not a Christian theocracy in America that concerns her. It’s an Islamic theocracy. Angle is a Tea-Party-backed Republican running against incumbent Harry Reid. In recent remarks on the campaign trail, she seems to imply that some areas in the U.S. are already under Sharia Law. The transcript is provided by Greg Sargent of the Washington Post:
QUESTIONER: I keep hearing about Muslims wanting to take over the United States. And I want to know your thoughts about that. They are building mosques all over the place. They want to build one near [Ground Zero]. And they seem to be getting their way. On a TV program just last night I saw that they are taking over a city in Michigan. And the residents, they want them out. They want them out. I wanted your thoughts.
ANGLE: We’re talking about a militant terrorist situation, which I believe isn’t a widespread thing. But it is enough that we need to address, and we have been addressing it. My thoughts are these. First of all, Dearborn, Michigan, and Frankford, Texas, are on American soil, and under Constitutional law. Not Sharia law. And I don’t know how that happened in the United States. It seems to me there is something fundamentally wrong with allowing a foreign system of law to even take hold in any municipality or government situation in our United States.
Tuesday evening, NPR online commentator Frank James filed a column under the headline, “Sharron Angle Hits Campaign Jackpot; Craps Out on Sharia.” James reported that Frankford, Texas, no longer exists as a town and Dearborn, Michigan, definitely isn’t under Sharia law. In fact, James quotes Dearborn’s mayor as responding to Angle:
“I am deeply distressed that you have been misled about our community and the way that we conduct our affairs… I would like to note that Arab-Americans practice religions other than Islam and the Chaldean and Lebanese cultures in our area represent a substantial number of Christians.”
What do you make of Angle’s remarks?
Just the usual overblown campaign rhetoric?
Is she tapping into an underlying fear among many Americans?
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