Holy America

If you are a technology worker, like me, you probably assume that society is officially enlightened and unofficially atheistic.

You may have wondered what it was like to live in a theocracy. How would it feel, to be a citizen of an empire whose official policy was the expansion of Islam? Or even just a citizen of a state with an official church, an official belief system.

Well, you are in luck. You don’t have to read books about the Ottoman Empire or Byzantium or Holy Russia. You can just study the people and institutions around you, in America, in the year 2014.

As evidence I present this, from the Johnson and Johnson website:

At Johnson & Johnson, we recognize the critical link between human health and environmental health, and are committed to advancing sustainability in the health care field.

One way we do this is by publishing regular research that helps us gain insight into the state of sustainability in the health care industry. …

In 2014, we partnered with Harris Poll to measure the importance of sustainability issues among global health care professionals.

Is this really evidence of theocracy? Or is it just a large company’s marketing department pandering to the latest fad? Johnson and Johnson has a long history, and America was very different when it was founded. I assume that in the year 1914, J&J might have had Christian-themed advertising, but would not have felt it necessary to publish a pamphlet that went into detail about “the critical link between human health and religious health”.

Also consider the results of J&J’s Harris Poll:

About eight in ten respondents (78 percent) said sustainable products help protect hospital staff … and that they help improve health outcomes (55 percent)

This is actually and literally insane. It’s the moral equivalent of having a statue of the Virgin Mary in your hospital and telling patients that it will help cure them.