The State Is Our Church
by Bryce Beattie
I see no
good in having several lords:
Let one alone be master, let one alone be king.
~ C Homer, Iliad, Book II, Lines 204ﾖ205.
can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love
the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other°K
~ C Matthew 6:24
to ask yourself what you believe.
~ C Julian Glover as Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last
It seems to
me as if most of the citizens of the United States of America have
stopped worshiping the god they claim to worship. Instead, they
worship a bizarre and amorphous group of men and women we refer
to as "The Government" or "The State", hereafter
called by me Thestate (If youíd like, pronounce it so it rhymes
with the Vampire Lestat.)
we as a people worship Thestate as our god.
Here are some
ways in which either Thestate acts like a deity or we treat it like
one. Now, Iím not going to pass judgement today and call all these
things evil or inherently wrong. Iím merely reflecting on my beliefs
and the customs in my country from a different viewpoint for a minute.
- We promise
our loyalty to Thestate in a memorized prayer that we call the
"Pledge of Allegiance."
- We sing
hymns of praise to Thestateís infallibility and greatness in our
national anthem and other patriotic songs.
- We have
an "Independence" day where we perform fire rituals
to Thestate. Often these rituals are accompanied by impassioned
sermons lauding Thestate as well as group prayer (Pledge) and
- We court
favor from Thestate for monies via his inspired welfare, grants,
and tax credit systems.
- We pay tithes
and offerings to appease Thestate throughout our lives. We make
an "income tax" sacrifice to the great god Thestate
for allowing us even to labor with our hands or our minds. We
pay further oblation (sales tax) to Thestate for the blessing
of purchasing goods using money that we have earned through our
own labors. Yes, legion are the offerings we call "taxes."
We offer up building permit taxes, a cigarette tax, capital gain
taxes, income taxes (Federal, state, and sometimes city), gasoline
and other fuel taxes, property taxes, telephone taxes, marriage
license taxes, unemployment taxes, utility taxes, inheritance
(death) taxes, and so many more. Perhaps we pay these offerings
willingly as a way of showing our gratitude to Thestate for all
he does for us. Possibly we offer these tithes in fear of Thestateís
righteous wrath and jail time. Whatever the reason, we pay them
and thereby at every step of our life we are reminded of our subservience
- We pray
that Thestate will keep us from all harm physical, financial,
and emotional. We rely on Thestate to sanctify (regulate and/or
inspect) virtually every physical object with which we come in
contact, from the cars we drive to the food we eat to the homes
we live in, so that no harm may come upon us while weíre using
them. Only Thestate can protect us from the violent attacks of
criminal miscreants, and so he must regulate the ownership of
arms and have a monopoly on the use of force (gun control, ATF,
TSA, police and other law-enforcement.) To protect our wallets
Thestate must watch over and sanctify all financial transactions.(FDIC,
SEC) To protect our weak and frail emotions Thestate must stop
all persons who speak offensive or hurtful remarks (unless that
speaker is a minority.) When such offensive talk is still bound
to happen, Thestate forces it into "free speech zones"
at events and requires disclaimers on recorded and broadcast media.
We rely on Thestateís FCC to protect our children from violent,
sexual, and crass media broadcasts.
- We have
hope and faith that Thestate will bless and sustain us monetarily
in our old age. Thestate already cares for the majority of elderly
Americans. (fact #7) Increasing numbers of citizens are proclaiming
their faith that Thestate will have financial control over the
evening years of their lives.
- We participate
in the periodic ritual we have termed "voting." By performing
this ritual, we show our submission and acceptance that Thestate
is the god that rules our life. Those who receive the most blessings
from Thestate continue to practice this ritual in a way to ensure
Thestateís mind doesnít sway from this protection. This is why
it is political suicide for a perspective high priest of Thestate
to even announce that he or she will petition Thestate for a decrease
in financial blessings like Social Security.
- We have
a great council of elders that champion Thestate (Congress, other
elected officials) and dictate ongoing revelation from him. These
paragons of virtue are much wiser than us lowly worshipers. We
trust them to reveal commandments in all areas of life, from our
entrance into the world to the fields of our labor to the manner
in which we dispose of our bodies when we pass from this life.
grants immortality to many of his extra-sanctified priests by
setting aside days for their worship as well as their image on
in his infinite wisdom, has given us roads. If he had not, there
is no way people would have found a way to travel or move freight.
Nope. No way at all. None. Remember, we also pay monetary obeisance
for the honor of purchasing state approved fuel for our chariots.
We only allow adepts who have been anointed (licensed) by one
Thestateís sanctioned temples of driving knowledge to operate
vehicles upon our Thestate-given roads.
tells us what is moral. We allow Thestate to define what a marriage
is, and who can and canít be married. Thestate has revealed to
us what intimate physical relations are to be socially correct,
and which deserve imprisonment. It tells us which activities are
acceptable, which can be paid for, and at which age we are mature
enough to participate. Thestate decrees at what age we are mature
enough to pick up a vice like smoking or drinking.
has further removed the need for our own flawed internal moral
compasses by inspiring and proscribing convoluted codes of conduct
known as "ethics." What is right and what is wrong in
virtually every profession is set down in the volumes of scripture
we know as laws and regulations.
- We have
faith that Thestate will cure our illnesses. Thestate determines
which cures and treatments are allowable. Thestate also sends
us revelation via funding for research. Thestate has provided
(through revelatory mandate) care for everyoneís aches and illnesses,
regardless of our ability to provide this care for ourselves (ER
access + Medicare, Medicaid, etc). And through the miracle of
Obamacare, we all must now pay a Thestate-approved intermediary
(Individual insurance mandate) to pay our medical dues. Through
many programs both local and Federal, Thestate provides counselors
and chemicals to lift the depressed. Those who have beliefs in
and practice healing arts outside of Thestateís FDA doctrine are
liable to receive Thestateís most holy punishment.
- All we
need to know Thestate teaches us in public schools. In rare cases
the state inspects, authorizes, and consecrates other houses of
learning. So, private schools may be allowed to exist with only
a modicum of ridicule and control. Those who seek knowledge in
absurd, backward home schools are looked upon as heretics. Why
wouldnít the parents want the children to bathe in Thestateís
that all humans are not worthy of living in this worshiped land,
we praise Thestate for preventing too many lowly infidel foreigners
from corrupting our land. To accomplish this, Thestate maintains
and sustains his restrictive and complicated immigration system.
Due to our continued worship of Thestate, we are truly more worthy
of living and laboring upon this sacred dirt than foreign-born
is the only judge capable of deciding what life is, and which
life is deserving of protection. Thestate sees and protects deserving
animal species. Thestate also knows when a mass of cells stops
being a "choice" and begins to be a human baby. We allow,
no, we implore Thestate to define for us whether an unborn baby
is ever anything but a human with rights. We pray and write and
phone in to Thestate in hopes that our interaction will guide
his gifted all-knowing mind to match our own, and thus new law
scripture can be written.
alone is capable of deciding who deserves to have life and liberty
forcibly taken away. Thestate tells us what is self-defense. Thestate
alone has the wisdom and strength to capture and punish murderers.
Thestate knows when an adept deserves death after a trial. Thestate
is so wise he even knows when a citizen deserves death without
a trial. Thestate knows without error when foreign persons and
powers are deserving of being cleansed from the earth via acts
of war. We donít lose faith or revolt against Thestate when he
kills 100,000 civilian men, women and children in a military action
because we accept that Thestate knows when to make sacrifices
for the greater good. When a citizen of Thestate questions the
accidental killing of over 160 children through drone strikes
in Afghanistan and elsewhere, he or she is righteously labeled
as an unpatriotic heretic and terrorist sympathizing heathen.
- As our worship
becomes more complete, so do the powers of the great god Thestate.
We sacrifice to him more and more control over: who is capable
of making decisions, what we can eat, where we can speak our minds,
when we can work, why we send young men and women to die overseas,
and how we live our lives.
these points, consider this: Where is the god that has sway over
the majority of your actions? In all likelihood, his head schemes
in Washington DC and his toes wiggle in your local city council.
Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and Atheists alike worship the
government with equal fervor.
problem. Thestate is not a person. He is a collection of persons.
Fallible persons with hopes, dreams, and schemes. Persons that are
taken to lunch every day by special interest groups. Persons no
better than you or me.
So what if
you donít want Thestate to be your god? Do you march in protest?
Do you stop giving it your tax money and soon go to jail? Do you
even lend it your approval of existence by voting? Or do you simply
relent and consent to meekly live your life worshiping a deeply
I donít have
the answer, but I think itís a question well worth asking.
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in Bountiful, Utah. His hobbies include beekeeping, firearms, writing
reading. He believes in liberty, spending time with family, and
being respectful to others.
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