Theoconservatism (or simply theocon) is a portmanteau of " theocracy" and " conservatism" and is generally used as a political label referring to members of the Christian right, particularly those whose ideology is a synthesis of elements of American conservatism, Conservative Christianity, and social conservatism, expressed through political means. This term first appeared in 1996 in a article entitled "Neocon v. Theocon" by Jacob Heilbrunn, where he wrote that "[T]he The New Republic neoconservatives believe that America is special because it was founded on an idea—a commitment to the rights of man embodied in the Declaration of Independence—not in ethnic or religious affiliations. The theocons, too, argue that America is rooted in an idea, but they believe that idea is Christianity."
The term has been used in the mainstream media to describe religious conservatives.
Andrew Sullivan, blogger at , has commonly used the term The Atlantic [, as have political cartoonists ] citation needed Cox & Forkum in reference to former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris. The current Prime Minister of [1 ] Canada, Stephen Harper, has been referred to by his critics as a "Theo-con". [2 ]
Further reading [ edit ]
Damon Linker The Theocons: Secular America Under Siege 2006.
Example of Sullivan's use of "theocon:"
References [ edit ]
^ Cox and Forkum cartoon calling U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris a theocon
^ McDonald, M: "Stephen Harper and the Theo-Cons", The Walrus, October, 2006.
See also [ edit ]