Perhaps some of my readers think I was being hysterical or unbalanced when I referred to rabid religionists as "christofascists" and "theocractic fascists."
Let's look at what they themselves have said.
Jerry Falwell had this gem to offer: "I hope to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be."
That extreme statement appeared in 1979 in America Can Be Saved published by Sword of the Lord Publishers.
In 1992, Pat Robertson stated in The New World Order, "There will never be world peace until God's house and God's people are given their rightful place of leadership at the top of the world."
Gary North, writing in Political Polytheism: the Myth of Pluralism, had this to say: "The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church's public marks of the covenant -- baptism and holy communion -- must be denied citizenship, just as they were in ancient Israel."
Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, offered this gem, as reported by The News Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Indiana: "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you, I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good ... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called on by God to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."
The statements made by Romney and Ryan in the recent campaign, though less blatant in many cases, were just as alarming. Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Thomas Paine, etc. would have recoiled in horror if they could have heard them. I'm sure they saw the danger that a future rise in theism could present. That is probably why Benjamin Franklin replied to a questioner about the type of government they had instituted that it was a Republic, "if you can keep it."
We kept it! The danger has not disappeared!