Is America a theocracy instead of a democracy?

It can be argued that America was founded on religious freedom and tolerance, but is this the case today? Are we tolerant of divergent religious beliefs? America is arguably one of the most if not the most religious nations in the world, and it is fairly safe to say that Christianity is the unofficial national religion whereby Juedo-Christian ideology governs every aspect of our society. Is this a problem for societal progress? Because of the highly religious nature of Americans, can we still be called a democracy?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Look and see if any admitted non-Christians are in top public offices and I think you've answered your question.

  • RW
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    mmm, straw man arguments for all!

    >>" it is fairly safe to say that Christianity is the unofficial national religion "<<

    I do not think this is true.

    >>" whereby Juedo-Christian ideology governs every aspect of our society."<<

    wouldn't you mean that abrahamic concepts of morality are essentially the foundation of morality and ethics of the entire civilized human existance? just a little broad of a brush, don't you think?

    and I would not say that "americans" as a whole are "highly religious" either.

    and the USA was never technically a democracy to begin with.

    its a Democratic Republic. it always has been.

    edit: >>"I just wish the true christians would rise up against the evil that has stolen their faith. "<<

    too bad the only places where its actually been "stolen" its been stolen by THEM.

    most things that many christians blame on this are nonsense. for example if you want to "preserve the sanctity of marrige" then work towards minimizing the divorce rate. gays have nothing to do with the sanctity of marrige between straight people. divorce does.

    prayer in school? why do you need prayer in school if you have prayer at home where it belongs?

  • zoril
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Actually America is considered a Republic!

    We are far from a Theocracy. There are a lot of people who profess to be Christians but there are also a lot of people who believe some other religion or some that do not believe in anything!

    I would like to see our Country become a Christian nation once again!

  • 1 decade ago

    In a theocracy, the religious leaders run the country. That is not the cause in America. The top American bishops of the Catholic church have no office in US government. The head of the Baptist church does have a seat in Congress. The leader of the Protestant church does not sit on the Supreme Court.

    Because the majority of Americans are of the Christian faith (in the US, majority rules), it is not surprising that their values should be the ones most represented in Congress and codified in the law books. But that is because it is the "will of the people" to have it that way, not because this is a theocracy.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Unfortunately america is moving closer to being a theocracy along the same lines as afghanistan under the teleban. It's sad, and very very worrying. I just wish the true christians would rise up against the evil that has stolen their faith.

  • 1 decade ago

    We are a democratic republic which was originally founded on Christian principles, yet has incrementally drifted away from those principles. Eventually we will fall so far away that we won't recognize ourselves for what we once were. Ultimately G-d will destroy this nation as He has so many others.

  • 1 decade ago

    Of course we are a Theocracy, and that is the reason this is the best country in the world. We don't to be called a demon crazy !

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Goodness yes. Read the Constitution. There are more freedoms (religion included) here than in any country on, or yesterday.

    Get real.

  • 1 decade ago

    Our democracy is certainly imperfect at the moment so I think it would be safe to say it is a theocracy-wannabe

  • 1 decade ago

    Theocracies do not have elections.

    Americans have elections.

    Definately a democracy.

    Not perfect, but the best system we have come up with so far.

    Until people and the people they elect are perfect, there will be no perfect system.


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