Professor Ceiling Cat had a hissy fit about the recent Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling:
I could go on, but today I’m really afraid for America: afraid that, due solely to our Supreme Court, we are becoming a theocracy.
There they go again. The ever-present bogeyman of The Coming Theocracy(!). Atheists have been screaming about this for decades. Thus, it’s rather amusing to realize we just survived one. Over five years ago, Coyne tells us:
Well, we thought we’d seen the last of the theocracy of George W. Bush, but it apparently ain’t so.
Well, well. It looks to me like a “theocracy” is whatever the fearful atheists want it to be. Coyne is, of course, entitled to his fears and paranoia. But the problem is that such thinking is incompatible with science.
First, the theocracy claim is admittedly rooted in emotion – the emotion of fear. Science is rooted in rational thinking, not emotional fears.
Second, we have no good definition of ‘theocracy.’ According to Coyne, we voted one theocracy out of office. I always thought a true theocracy was a little harder to unseat.
Third, we have no objective test to determine when a theocracy actually exists. This test would have to be something scientists from all over the world could agree on.
So the guy who shakes his finger at others while preaching “science and religion are incompatible” is the same guy whose own thinking on social matters is incompatible with science. It figures.