Christian Anarchists are such a tragic sight. When I find out that someone’s an Anarchist, I get really excited, but then when I find out they’re a christian, it makes me want to puke. Christianity is not really all that different from statism. Here are five key similarities I’ve noticed:

Above Morality:
statism and christianity both posit a certain entity as being Above Morality in some sense. God is said to be the author of morality, at least 95% of the time (a few christians disagree) and even when he isn’t you can see him doing things in the bible that no christian would defend if they were being done by a mortal, such as the slaughtering of innocent firstborn children in Egypt for the ‘sins’ of their parents. The state is similar: the police have the right to do things that would be crimes for anyone else, such as pulling someone over for driving they deem dangerous (even if no harm was caused) and detaining them against their will.

Mandatory Indoctrination:
While homeschooling is at least supposedly legal in many countries, most of them have some sort of ‘regulations’ pertaining to it. And while christian priests will not enforce ‘faith formation’ classes, they are adamant that it is your duty to send your children there. Oh and of course, these mandatory indoctrination classes start as early as five years old, when the child’s mind is extremely trusting and vulnerable.

Unknown Laws:
Both the government and christianity have sacred documents – either the ever-changing millions of pages worth of laws, or the bible (and the catechism if we’re talking about catholics). These two sacred documents have something important in common: their followers don’t even read them. No American reads the laws that get passed, and while christians hear the bible read to them at masses, very few of them have ever actually read it start to finish. I was catholic for the first 13-14 years of my life and never did (although I started it twice, I never got past Genesis), and neither did anyone else in my family. The same can be said of the catechism, actually. And the constitution.

Automatic Submission Expected:
Somewhat related to the point about unknown laws, statists and christians have this common property: when they find out something about the law that they didn’t know about it, they believe it automatically. Christians’ reaction to finding out that the church has some moral teaching they would have denounced before is not “this isn’t right, I guess the church isn’t infallible” but “Really? I didn’t know that, but of course I fully believe it now”. Statists are not quite so bad in this regard – most statists at least acknowledge that some of things the government does are wrong. Yet they still believe it’s wrong to violate laws they don’t agree with (when it doesn’t inconvenience them, that is – statists are very inconsistent and self-interest-driven). Which leads into the final point…

Obey Even If You Don’t Agree:
This is, in fact, a staple of authority in general. They are desperate to get you away from looking to your own conscience and beliefs for guidance and toward looking solely to them for guidance – or at least allowing them to override your conscience. All authorities’ motto is, “You don’t have to agree, but you do have to do it”. They don’t care if you think it’s right – they’ll punish you for disobeying whether you do or not. This is, of course, the opposite of Vigilantist Anarchism.