And boy oh boy is she seemingly trying to launder her book, which I have now read. As Chris Stockwell said just now on the show, she is trying to back up so fast, she's almost beeping.
But this quote from page 359 of The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada is the crux of her argument:
Waving their bright flags on the lawns of the Parliament Building, extolling the country's Christian roots to a compelling soft-rock beat, they might seem to offer a refreshing recipe for morality and national pride, but their agenda---while outwardly inclusive and multi-racial--is ultimately exclusionary. In their idealized Christian nation, non-believers--aetheists [sic], non-Christians and even Christian secularists--have no place, and those in violation of biblical law, notably homosexuals and adulterers, would merit severe punishment and the sort of shunning that once characterized a society where suspected witches were burned. Theirs is a dark and dangerous vision, one that brooks no dissent and requires the dismantling of key democratic institutions.
That, my friends, is hate. Pure, unadulterated hate and scaremongering. That is the conclusion of this book. And she says she is a journalist and not a polemicist?
I have never met ANY Christian who has urged severe punishment for gays or adulterers or.
In fact, for me personally, I am glad that there are not laws against everything I may consider immoral, even though the law is a teacher. Why is that? Because people who are hemmed in by laws are not virtuous people. If a law forces you to be good through external pressure, it may protect you for a season from transgressing and heaping worse consequences on yourself, but it does not make you good, it does not make you a Christian, it will not save you!
Where the law of the Lord is, there is liberty. A true Christian understands that God wants us to love him freely and not use the levers of state power to force us. Jesus never forced anyone to come to him. He gives us a choice.
No one I know urges the kind of dark, dangerous vision she speaks of.
She concluded the program by saying something about if we can have a debate about how much religiosity we will accept in the public square, she will have done her job or something.
Religiosity. That is a perjorative term. Why should someone who is a secularist have the say over who has a right to the public square? Should only atheists, secular humanists and progressive Christians be allowed?
I as a Christian am part of the secular world that we all inhabit. I am a citizen. I have a right to be here and to have my say in a democratic and pluralistic society. If any other group were singled out the way she singled out Christians, there would be human rights complaints.
The whole thing makes me sad. And it makes me sad that some Christians I know contributed to her work. I call them the "eat me last" Christians, who assume that if they play up, appease and show how "nice" they are, that they will be spared.
Marci has a breezy, readable style, as befits her years as a magazine writer. There is lots of interesting and useful material in the book, I will grant her that--if you can overlook the many factual errors. But what is striking is her lack of insight and conflation and confusion of very different positions Christians hold on a range of issues, including how one interprets the Bible, and the so-called End Times.
Come to think of it, anyone who prays the Lord's Prayer with sincerity would probably fall into the category of a theocrat in her books.
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
Theocracy, by definition, is the rule of God. Sadly, the history of theocracies, of any religion, are horrific tyrannies, because thugs who claim to know the will of God take power and force their usually narrow views on others. Which is not Christian! Sorry! Even if people who call themselves Christians do it, it is not Christian!
But having Christian principles and foundations for a secular state? Gee, who do you think invented the idea of the secular, huh? (answer: Christians).