One of the left-wing bogeyman is the idea that Christians (at least conservative Christians) want to turn America into a theocracy. Of course, 'theocracy' is meant to conjure images of immediate repression - women in veils, a dictatorship, etc, etc.
But what if we're already a theocracy?
I'm not arguing that America was founded as a Christian nation. But it may well have been founded as a theistic one. In fact, given the Declaration of Independence, the prevalence of prayer and recognition of God's role in our fundamental view of laws and rights - out of fashion as it may be with some - it seems like there's an immediate open question about whether America can rightly be called a theocracy historically. It would just be a very generalized view of God - God as guarantor of certain fundamental rights of man. A God that, conceivably, many Christians and Jews and Muslims may go on to identify as their God. (Then again, maybe not.)
I think this possibility would short-circuit a lot of people's minds. Living in a theocracy where God is invoked to grant people the right of freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, free speech, and a generally non-intrusive government besides? It definitely turns the popular notion of theocracy on its head. On the other hand, people often think of 'secular government' in terms of particularly idealized societies - and leave North Korea and China (not to mention, Saddam-era Iraq) out of the mix. But that's clearly wrong.
Maybe we live in a theocracy already. Maybe the very things we value, including our perception of rights and freedoms, is fundamentally reliant on a certain view of God.