These two definitions of Theocracy are considering a country, but as we all know there is also at least one organization who claim to be a Theocracy, namely the Watchtower Society.
History tells us that the absolute worst despotic and horrible regimes imaginable have been "Theocratic". As the definition above states, a theocracy is a country (organization) in which control is in the hands of the clergy. In other words, those who claim to be in "communication" with God. In the case of the Watchtower Society it is the Governing Body.
The Watchtower magazine informs us of the nature of their "Organization":
Like all totalitarian-minded people, the Watchtower Society's leaders are extremely enthusiastic when it comes to the rule of "Theocracy". Just look at this statement in the Watchtower:
This issue of the Watchtower endeavors to give a historical view of the first national theocracy:
Yes, indeed, how did it work? And as we could see the Watchtower said that it is the "only [...] form of government" that "has been truly successful." Why not take a look at what this success consists of. According to the Watchtower, the birth of this "theocratic nation" started with war and carnage:
Now how did this wonderful new "theocratic nation" behave in the years after its birth? Before we take a look at this we must keep in mind this next quote from the Watchtower:
So when we now turn our investigation to the history of this "nation" we should expect to find that it will be brimming with examples of this "rule by love", shouldn't we? Of course!
Fortunately we have very good written records of the actions of this "theocratic nation" and it's "rule of love" thanks to the Bible. As mentioned above, the "theocratic nation" was born through the annihilation of the Egyptian army. The Watchtower is of course very careful to point out that "God" is conveniently invisible and that his rule therefore will have to be carried out by proxy. This of course will mean that "God" will bestow his "authority" upon a leader or a group of leaders, who of course won't settle for anything less than blind obedience, having the "authority" of "God" the almighty himself. The first example of a human being with such awesome "authority" was Moses:
According to the Watchtower, Moses personally said about himself that he was "by far the meekest of all the men who were upon the surface of the ground." And of course we all know that people who say such things about themselves must be exceptionally humble!
Now it is about time we try to find out what a person who claims to be "by far the meekest of all the men who were upon the surface of the ground" really does when he is carrying out the politics of this "theocratic nation". Meekness, love and consideration should of course manifest itself in the very implementation of the will of God in a "theocratic nation". When reading the story about this "theocratic nation" one would naturally expect these qualities to be present. Let us examine the record:
Most of us are of course aware of the horrors of ethnic cleansing and genocide as we have seen examples of recently in Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and now Kosovo. These recent events have sickened and horrified people all over the world and the international community has been pretty unanimous in condemning such atrocities as unacceptable in a civilized society. What we see described in the quote from the above Bible text is an example of such genocide and ethnic cleansing. Jehovah, who according to the Watchtower is love, commanded Moses, the extraordinary meek man, to slaughter men, women and children, but the subjects of this "theocratic nation" didn't quite follow the orders and took the women and the children captive instead. Was Moses proud because the people did show such a spark of compassion and spared the lives of these women and children? Let us find out:
According the Bible, the meek man, Jehovah's representative and leader of his new "theocratic nation", became very indignant with them. They had disobeyed Moses (Jehovah's) orders and had failed to kill all the women and children. Again he ordered them to kill the women and children but being practical as well as "meek" he made the small concession that virgins and baby girls could be spared, they could of course be used for breeding purposes. The more Israelites the better.
Can't you all feel the immense love and meekness expressed in these writings? This wonderful "theocratic nation" did, according to the Bible, roam the Sinai desert for 40 years, killing, looting and grabbing all they could possibly get hold of. When they finally embarked upon taking possession of the land area that "God had given them", the ethnic cleansing and the genocide continued with full force for many, many years.
The Watchtower stated:
Very true. Reading the history of this theocracy as recorded in the Bible, one has to admit that as a killing machine and a tool for ethnic cleansing and genocide it was truly successful. No doubt about it. As an example of "rule of love" however the "theocratic nation" leaves a lot to be desired, to say the least. The nation of Israel, born out of such a horrible blood bath and carnage, is the model for the Watchtower Society, their idea of an ideal world. So much so that they today dream of recreating this "theocratic nation" on a "cleansed earth".