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THEOCRACY. A species of government which claims to be immediately directed by God.
     2. La religion qui, dans l'antiquite, s'associa souvent au despotisms, pour regner. par son bras ou a son ombrage, a quelquefois tents de regner seule. Clest ce qu'elle appelait le regne de Dieu, la thiocratie. Matter, De l'influence des Moeurs sur les lois, et de l'influence dos Lois sur les moeurs, 189. Religion, which in former times, frequently associated itself with despotism, to reign, by its power, or under its shadow, has sometimes attempted to reign alone, and this she has called the reign of God, theocracy.

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Also those theocrats, who have been shunned, are gathering themselves and voicing loudly that the Republic is in danger.
The adoption of separation of church and state at the federal level put an end to the theocrats' hopes for an officially "Christian America," and gradually states began to implement separation as well.
(2) Long-term trends are not cutting the theocrats' way.
Most Iranians, however, seem determined to use their voting power and are keen to give especially the pragmatic republicans a bigger presence in the new parliament, if only to push back the dominance of the radical theocrats.
Prince Salman said if the international community appreciated it was in a war with theocrats, it could then start to put together the military, social, political and maybe even economic policies in a holistic manner to counter this threat, as it did with communism.
Turning to the steps put forward by His Royal Highness to effectively end the rise of Theocrats, the participants shed light on the importance of aligning security, political and economic policies to further support the international coalition's efforts in fighting extremist groups across the region.
The conclusion the Crown Prince arrives at is that we are in a war against theocrats. The fact that they claim to be Muslims is irrelevant.
We are not only fighting terrorists, we are fighting theocrats," Prince Salman emphasised to an audience of senior regional and international security officials and policymakers.
To certain Muslim eyes, the roots of secularism lie in Christian Europe, making it a repugnant worldview to Muslim theocrats, who do not subscribe to the notion of separating mosque and state.
The author sees the current conflict as a contest between Islamists and anti-Islamists, between theocrats and anti-theocrats.
However, for domestic political reasons, theocrats keep saying the Western sanctions have not really affected the Iranian economy.
The Safawi theocrats have built a doctrine based on rejection of a modern world they condemn as "a satanic creation of Crusader-Zionist" forces.