I have a tendency to see theocracy as a kind of utopianism, in that the adherents feel like, if everyone started reading out of the same book, why, everything would be hunky-dory. It's just that once they've agreed on a book, all the other books have to get burned. Once they've only got the one book, they all have to get on the same page. Once most everyone is on the same page, they'll fight to the death over paragraphs. They are looking for something good to come out of an ideological OCD.I think this narrowing of options is seen in some recent news out of the territory held by ISIL, where it appears that gay people are being thrown from roofs. When they are not being stoned to death. ISIL is also apparently persecuting educated women to death, and are believed to have recently executed several children for the crime of watching a soccer match on television.
This is not unlike the severe penalties the Taliban doled out for things like kite-flying. Anything that might be declared "un-Islamic" might be declared haram. Anything haram might be worth death. And death got meted out to prove that the head religionists in charge could. The killing of regular folks giving into normal behaviors was proof that because they could kill sinners, they had a right to. And here are ISIL, being like the Taliban, and not worse or better than Boko Haram, I would guess, being entirely typical. Because theocracy starts with casting the first stone. It ends under a pile of them.
And me? Theocratic hubris I don't have. I could lob a brick or so at them. If only to show they are answerable to other people.