Life in a Theocracy

In Saudi Arabia, getting caught with alcohol can get you the lash. Maybe. It sort of depends upon where you are in the social order and who is determining your guilt. In Iran, listening to western music can get you sent to prison or perhaps cost you a job in the government. Again, it all depends upon who you are and who is judging your violation. It can also depend upon who is accusing you too. This was true in colonial New England where accusations of witchcraft were arbitrary and the trials mostly based on things other than religious doctrine.

We have the image of theocracies as places with long lists of precise rules governing morality, public conduct, social relations and so forth, but the reality is always the opposite. Written rules can be debated by anyone with the ability to read. There’s not much fun in being a priest if anyone can read the rules and render a judgement. In a theocracy, the religious order educates the public, handles the violations of morality and makes sure the laws comply with the official religion. The result is a high degree of arbitrariness for those who live in the theocracy.

Going back to Saudi Arabia, members of the royal family regularly head off to Dubai to drink, do drugs, fornicate with women, fornicate with men and otherwise live like rock stars. Everyone in the Wahhabist world knows about this, but they like living more than they like Allah so they say nothing. On the other hand, if you are a foreigner, who can be a bargaining chip for the royal family, then you can get jammed up for some pruno. Anyone that is a nuisance to the government can expect to have the religious police snooping around in their life, looking for a reason to send them to jail.

Theocracy is arbitrary. It is this arbitrariness that encourages neighbors to spy on neighbors, associates to rat on each other and even children to report their parents to the morality police. Being a rat brings grace. You see that in this story about the George Washington men’s basketball coach.

In early April, shortly after his team celebrated a postseason championship, a George Washington men’s basketball player visited a campus Title IX coordinator to log complaints about Coach Mike Lonergan. Lonergan, the player believed, had created an offensive, intolerable environment, evidenced in his mind — and in the minds of many of his teammates — by the spate of transfers during the coach’s five-year tenure.

The first thing to notice are the code words for morality. Title IX has become holy writ in the Progressive faith. Like the Bible, it is a mysterious source of authority to the adherents. Most Christians never bother to open their Bible and few Progressives can tell you anything about Title IX. They just know it is the highest of law on the holiest of sites, the college campus. To be the Title IX coordinator is no different from being the mutaween in Saudi Arabia. This person is the supreme moral authority on campus.

Then we have the complaints lodged against the coach. Notice the vagueness here. On the college campus, “offensive” is the same as blasphemous. Any word or deed can be called offensive if it is deemed to have violated some tenet of the faith. Since these tenets are arbitrary, just about anything can be offensive, as long as someone in good standing with the religious authorities is willing to say they were offended. Again, you’ll notice that it matters who is accusing and to  whom the accusation is being leveled.

Read the whole 2400 word article and you struggle to figure out what exactly the coach had done to warrant being thrown off the roof by the PC enforcers. That’s probably why the writer resorts to quoting various shaman in the Title IX sect.

“They have an obligation to make sure the school is operating an environment where there is no sexual harassment,” lawyer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a Title IX expert and a former Olympic gold medal swimmer, said when apprised of the players’ complaints. “He is sexually harassing both the athletic director and the athletes.”

Notice the language again. They never say who is obliging us in this quest. The God of Puritanism is now just a mysterious blank space, a void that can never be mentioned, but must always be acknowledged. In other words, if you know you are obligated to enforce the one true faith, you are an elect. Of course, the quest to which we are supposedly obligated is equally mysterious. What does “an environment where there is no sexual harassment” look like? How do we know we are in one? The answer is one of the priestesses of the faith will tell us.

“Priestess” is the right word. In the America theocracy, women run the cult. Take a look at the bio of Nancy Two Names in the Post story. The hyphen is the first clue. She is or was married to a cuck. People assume that hyphen indicates feminist, but it is a gang symbol within feminism to indicate the adherent has bagged and tamed a male. Second, her bio tells us she went from college into the order and has spent her life as a professional nuisance. Hassling men is her all consuming passion. It is what defines her life.

As with Iran or Saudi Arabia, the accused in the America theocracy often make the mistake of thinking they can beat the charges. After all, if they have done nothing wrong, what do they have to fear? In a theocracy, however, the unwillingness to submit and confess is proof of guilt. Coach Lonergan is a dead man, he just does not know it.  He will play by the rules, or at least the rules written down, but the Inquisitor is not bound by rules so the coach will be broken on the wheel and cast out of the campus.

That’s life in a theocracy.

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Marina
Marina
3 years ago

Looking at the reactions of former classmates and coworkers on FB last night, I get the impression that committed liberals still think they can badger, mock and insult their way out of the Trump situation and this whole nationalist mood will just go away. There seems to be no awareness that a democratically elected Trump, constrained by what remains of our checks and balances, is a very mild backlash to the changes of the last fifty years. If Trump doesn’t win, I’m afraid we’re inevitably careering toward actual violence. And the right wing dominates probably 70% of the country’s landmass,… Read more »

teapartydoc
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Reply to  Marina
3 years ago

“Very mild backlash” pretty much nails it. As far as bringing this into relevancy with the above post, I’d go on to point out that much of the establishment is run in a theocratic manner and that we are just beginning to realize what the real source of discontent is. Like pre-revolutionary France there are pockets of poverty and there has been a decline in real income, but the most reliable measure of quality of life, life expectancy, keeps going up. Globalism and John Law style economics haven’t really hurt us in measurably significant ways as we have adapted to… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
3 years ago

The concept of the double-standard is well known and understood by every human being whether it’s in religion, sports, academia, or business. Personally I’m at the age where I become numb when this topic comes up regarding politicians. Their lives and careers are built on double standards and seem to know no bounds; actually expanding exponentially the longer they remain in office. The only thing worse are the lies they expect us to believe. That somehow in their elite superiority, we’re just too stupid or simple minded to fully understand or appreciate why it doesn’t apply to them as would… Read more »

Shelby
Shelby
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
3 years ago

Stay safe. It appears its Germany’s turn.

A.T. Tapman (Merica)
A.T. Tapman (Merica)
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Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
3 years ago

Hi Karl, the outrageous lies our rulers expect us to mouth back at them is their way to rub our noses in their feces. To say nothing of the entertainment value provided.

Uncola
Uncola
3 years ago

DOUBLEPLUSUNGOOD

Tom Saunders
Tom Saunders
3 years ago

A good post, but I think the word hassle in the next to last paragraph is too mild. Nancy Two Names mission is to identify sinners and purge them of original sin, in the case of Title IX that would be men and masculinity respectively, by process of denunciations, public flogging, humiliation, contrition and finally stoning to death (if the sinner is a back slider). If the sinner is sufficiently important that it will elevate the credentials of the Inquisitor they will move directly from public prostration and repentance before the alter phase to being burned at the stake. It… Read more »

Drake
Drake
3 years ago

I spent time in Saudi Arabia in ’90-’91. I cannot even describe the weird oppressive, brooding atmosphere that seems to hang over their cities. It felt like an open-air jail and was the only time I’ve seen Soldiers and Marines happy to get out of town and back to the field or at least whatever military compound they were housed in.

I can see how people dealing with that most of their lives want to escape and act crazy. Kuwait City a few days after the war seemed more normal.

Ganderson
Ganderson
3 years ago

My wife kept her last name- hey, it was the 80’s and I was (and perhaps still am) cucked. She asked me my preference, and I said- “don’t care, just no hyphens!”. I suppose there’s a hierarchy here, in order of increasing cuckedness … keep your name…, hyphen… , have the husband hyphenate, too…, choose a completely different name for both…, and finally the guy takes the girl’s name. One of the interesting things about Title IX is the assumption that IT AND IT ALONE was responsible for the growth in women’s sport. Of course it’s based on the lie… Read more »

Kathleen
Kathleen
Reply to  thezman
3 years ago

Or it’s not estrogen fueled hatred of patriarchy at all. Depends on the person, no? My last name is hyphenated. When I married 25 years ago, and yes I’m married to the same man all these years, I decided to hyphenate because I wanted to join with my husband, yet I didn’t want to relinquish my natal name. Hence the hyphen, which, btw, I did not burden my children with. All three carry their father’s last name. When I introduce myself as my children’s mother or in another family situation, I am “Mrs. Jones”, no hyphen. By myself, Mrs. Smith-Jones.… Read more »

walt reed
walt reed
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Reply to  thezman
3 years ago

We have a set of friends. There are many biological sisters. Three of them have four sir names. It takes a while for them to introduce themselves. They are quite proud of the fact they can’t get along with anyone. I assume they married dunces. Again and again. A final question, if I may. If a woman introduces herself to a man: “Hi, I am Joyce Brown-Moss-Wigglesworth-Braun.” How long does it take a reasonable guy to get the hell out of Dodge? Best regards everyone.

Tom Saunders
Tom Saunders
3 years ago

Title IX still has the potential to be the Party petard that hoists the priesthood. What is needed is a half dozen upper 25% of high school male basketball players to apply for female basketball scholarships at one or more Ivy league schools by claiming that they are transgender. According to the US DoJ that cannot be challenged nor the claimant “harassed”. In this day and age what drawback could there be to a full scholarship and degree from Radcliffe or Vassar. The men don’t have to dress, behave, or actually try to be feminine in anyway because no one… Read more »

Tom Saunders
Tom Saunders
Reply to  Tom Saunders
3 years ago

Just to hit this dead horse one more time: they can renounce their transism upon graduation or ride it to new heights. After all grievance mongering, in the truest sense of the phrase, was the key to tenure for E. Warren and W.
Churchill.

Larry Darrell
Larry Darrell
3 years ago

I doubt whether the husband is a cuck. More likely an Uncle Tim.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
3 years ago

The religion of political correctness is not practiced only on college campuses or by feminists. Ask Brendan Eich , for one of many.

LetsPlay
LetsPlay
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Reply to  thezman
3 years ago

Or the NFL the most manly of sports. I puked when I saw players wearing “pink” on the field. I turned off the tube. Again, globalism run amok. Business doing everything including demeaning the players trying to get an extra percentage of viewers of the opposite gender. It is not enough that they are taking the sport to Europe and other parts of the globe. And just when did Breast Cancer become more important than say “prostate cancer” especially as related to a Men’s sport? Or just generically raising awareness for the cancer fight and the progress made but still… Read more »

Karl Horst (Germany)
Karl Horst (Germany)
Reply to  LetsPlay
3 years ago

@ LetsPlay – It seems to be an American fascination with supporting some sort of medical “issue”. We have nothing like your various charities for cancer, leukemia, muscular dystrophy, etc. I remember people coming around my office asking for donations to the United Way. When I asked what it was, everyone said under their breath, that you “had to contribute” or it would reflect badly on the annual performance review. I could never figure out for a country that is so rich, and so well off, that they needed charities to find cures for diseases despite the various Federally funded… Read more »

Marina
Marina
Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
3 years ago

A lot of the charities aren’t even in the business of finding a cure. They exist to “raise awareness,” aka, provide jobs for people working in non profits. I don’t know what the situation is in other developed countries, but here contributions to a non profit organization are tax deductible, and it’s fairly easy to become one, so we are drowning in them. Sometimes it’s sensible (if you want to run a recreational soccer league this is often a better, easier corporate structure than the other options available under our tax code), but we have a LOT of stupid charities… Read more »

LetsPlay
LetsPlay
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Reply to  Karl Horst (Germany)
3 years ago

Interesting that you mention United Way. I did a short stint with them as a “Loaned Executive” and got to see more from the inside about a lot of these issues. I found it a way to provide some “organization” to a lot of small efforts that would be hard pressed to do much good to local communities on their own. I liked the way their overhead was kept to around 12% and the rest went downstream to provide goods and services to target recipients. Granted, human nature being what it is, there were problems with corruption but exposed, they… Read more »

Shelby
Shelby
Reply to  LetsPlay
3 years ago

I turned it off when girls began to do sideline commentary.

teapartydoc
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Reply to  LetsPlay
3 years ago

It would be OK if they called it Titty Tumor.

LetsPlay
LetsPlay
Member
Reply to  teapartydoc
3 years ago

At first when the “girls” appeared on the sidelines, you could tell they didn’t know squat about the sport. Now, however, they are pretty good, know the game, the players, the history, etc. Sometimes it looks like the guys need to step up their game. Competition is good on and off the field.

James LePore
Reply to  LetsPlay
3 years ago

Or the NBA. They’re moving next year’s All-Star game from Charlotte because of NC’s bathroom law.

Severian
3 years ago

The good (?) news is, the priesthood only doubles down on orthodoxy when major change is barrelling down on them. Strong, stable societies don’t burn witches. The Inquisition might rack a heretic here or there pour encourager les autres, but when the Church is supreme and unchallenged all but the most spectacularly unrepentant get off with penance. It’s only when the old order is breaking down — after the discovery of the New World in Spain; on the cusp of the Reformation in Germany — that every town green has its heretic bonfire. The Left knows big change is coming;… Read more »

teapartydoc
Member
Reply to  Severian
3 years ago

Good point. And the other point to make is that the witch burning doesn’t help the cause anyway.

L. Beau Macaroni
L. Beau Macaroni
Reply to  teapartydoc
3 years ago

I hope that both you and Severian are right.

LetsPlay
LetsPlay
Member
Reply to  teapartydoc
3 years ago

But some people DESERVE to burn anyway!

Al from da Nort
Al from da Nort
3 years ago

Z Man (the is the only form of address that works in the editor). I really like your unconventional insights that click in a re-framing flash moment: College Athletics as a Feminist Theocracy. Wow_! So true. But who thought of it that way before_? Certainly not me. But so obviously true today, at least from the current category leaders aspirations.. But why stop there_? Isn’t the entire university system also an emerging feminist theocracy_? Evidence abounds that I will not adduce here, but you all know what I mean, and anyone can produce many instances. As I recall, there were… Read more »

Glenn
Glenn
3 years ago

As long as they the theocrats stay there who cares about Theocracies?

PJ123
PJ123
3 years ago

The only problem with this post is the implied notion that employees own their jobs, and that termination should be “fair”. They don’t own them. That means they can be canned for the most trivial reasons imaginable, including racist nonsense – and that is the way it should be. That’s life in the free market. Employment is a voluntary association that can be (or should be) terminated for any reason at any time (provided the employment contract is observed). If you get canned, just move on to the next job. Maybe that last boss was not someone you should have… Read more »

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3 years ago

[…] A hobbyhorse item around here is the comparison between modern America and theocracies like Iran. In both countries, the ultimate authority is in the hands of a class of people charged with maintaining public morality. In both countries, those rules are arbitrary and capriciously enforced. In Iran, someone accused of heresy cannot appeal to the law. They must appeal to a cleric. In the US, someone accused of hate think cannot appeal to the courts or the ordinary rules of society. Instead, they are reduced to groveling at the feet of social justice warriors, hoping for leniency. […]