The End of Civil Law?

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Dominionists are radical Calvinists who believe that God, having given man dominion over the living creatures of the earth, also gives the "elect" power over the U.S. government. America's leading Dominionist, Pat Robertson, expresses this position in the following terms: God "desires mature sons and daughters who will in My name exercise dominion over the earth and will subdue Satan, the unruly, and the rebellious."

Over the last twenty years, Robertson has spent billions of dollars to translate this ideology into politics. In 1986, he distributed to the Iowa Republican County Caucus a pamphlet entitled "How to Participate in a Political Party." It read: "Rule the world for God. Give the impression that you are there to work for the party, not push an ideology." Fast forward nineteen years, and the 2002 Republican Party Platform of Texas reads: "We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

The difficulty with lifting the law of faith above U.S. civil law is the First Amendment. Since America is great, and the newly revamped action-figure God is great, according to Dominionist logic, the lack of the word "God" in the Constitution must have been a mere oversight.

Justice Antonin Scalia, recipient of God's secret Constitution decoder ring, has said that his interpretation of this document is "not what current society. …