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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Nonetheless, even though such a theocrat is unlikely to be among his readers, Rawls tells us he must respond to her because she poses an important threat to the truth claims of liberalism.
Jefferson's pioneering vision stands as a rebuke to theocrats like Fischer, Land and others of their ilk.
Iran's theocrats are also attuned to the disappointment of Iran's masses, failure of the economy, 35 per cent of the workforce jobless, rampant 400pc inflation, a brain drain of most of their best technocrats, collapse of the currency, and their own arrogance shown to the world during Mahmoud Ahmadinajad's time.
Were Leland able to debate Dobson, he'd make short work of the would-be theocrat.
Just as theocrats like Buchanan depend greatly upon mass communication and worldly expertise, so do technocrats like Bush depend upon religious voters.
Despite this, Christian Reconstruction is on the whole a fair and rigorous look at a true American theocrat. It's highly recommended for anyone seeking a detailed background on this little-known, little-understood offshoot of American religious conservatism.
A senior Iranian theocrat, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, on July 19 said televised "confessions" of two detained American-Iranians proved a US-backed plot to carry out a "velvet revolution" using intellectuals to topple Iran's Shi'ite theocracy.
Consistent application of these principles should lead theocrats to reject full theocracy, for even theocratic regimes are subject to doctrinal error resulting from heresy or corruption, and no theocrat will want to live under a regime that forces doctrinal error upon its citizens.
Yvette Hovsepian-Bearce's The Political Ideology of Ayatollah Khamenei: Out of the Mouth of the Supreme Leader of Iran represents the first substantive attempt to provide a coherent and thorough account of the ideology of Iran's current theocrat, Ayatollah Khamenei, through his own words.
Theocrat Rick Santorum is the CEO of the Christian film production company EchoLight, as the Heritage Institute reports.
Merely to remember this, today, is to "reveal" oneself as a "theocrat"--notwithstanding neither I, nor any of the Fathers of Confederation, nor even the Pope in Rome, has ever proposed to put our civil government under priests.