I am a religious man and I am continually struck by how the political left mirrors the extremist factions of my own people.
Few disagree that the Westboro Baptist Church is a group of hateful inbreds. However, when the regressive left spews similar rhetoric directed only at a different enemy, they are paraded as the moral, soft-hearted political choice. Below is my attempt to show the secular fundamentalism at the root of the far left.
1) Original sin
In Catholicism, original sin describes man as possessing an inevitable evil. No matter his intentions or the efficacy of his heartfelt actions, at the root of all he does is a pride that will ultimately further the fallen state of the world.
In regressive left politics, they call this original sin racism and the fallen world the patriarchy. If a man takes a comfortable corporate job, he is privileged and apathetic towards the plight of the poor. If he renounces his privilege and works to relieve poverty, he is ridiculed as a white savior. No matter his intentions or the efficacy of his heartfelt actions, at the root of all he does is a racism and sexism that will only further the systemically broken state of this country.
Even before the Protestant Reformation, the church shepherded a congregation with multifarious beliefs. In present times, there are more Christian denominations than there are choices for apple varieties in a midwestern grocery store.
It’s no different for the regressive left. There are the feminists, the LGBTQ’ers, the black lives matter ralliers, the academics, the politicians, the pundits, the gamergate’rs, the anti-ableists, the anti-agists, and the anti-classists; there are more special interest groups than there are Christian denominations, and with BLM protesting LGBTQ, we may soon have another religious war.
3) Blame Shifting
When their children go wayward, the fundamentalists blame the media, sex in movies, Facebook, and a list of other tangentially-related factors, all the while they remain loathe to question their own overbearing, authoritarian parenting.
When an entire city (Detroit) falls to ruins or a building is shot up, the regressive left blames systemic racism, sexism, the patriarchy, and other ill-defined concepts only tangentially related by logical leaps to the actual scenario. All the while they refuse to question whether or not their own entitlement spending and extreme rhetoric might have been a factor.
4) Sub-culture media
It’s not hard to pick out the Christian Radio station from the rest of the airwaves. The musicians are unknown to most of the world, but play before arena sized audiences. Behind them are authors, directors, actors, philosophers, writers, and the like who make up a Christian sub-culture. Chris Tomlin. Lecrae. Tim Keller. Names unknown to most, but incredibly significant to those in the Christian community.
The liberal left has their own big players who make up their own subculture with their own celebrities, lingo, literature, music and the like. Anita Sarkeesian. The Young Turks. Kendrick lamar. Anderson Cooper. John Oliver—or maybe that’s just mainstream media.
5) Language policing
Fundamentalists tend to police language within the framework of their own conservative world view. They censor sex, drugs, and profanity. What’s worse is to even suggest a critique of their own religion.
Regressive leftists tend to police language within the framework of their own extreme left world view. They censor racist language, anything they deem offensive, and traditional views of sex. What’s worse is to even suggest a critique of their own religion—I mean, political identity.
6) Public Shaming
Tar and feather the lewd woman.
Harass the CEO on Twitter who holds traditional values until he’s forced to abdicate his position.
One need not look far into the internet to find horrid examples of what this leads to: a homeless Trump supporter pushed down and beaten by fundamentalist regressives; cities on fire after another black man was unfortunately shot by the police; professors forced to resign and verbally disparaged for nothing more than a dissenting opinion.
There is nothing wrong with being a liberal. I sometimes wonder if I’m not a closeted liberal myself. There is something wrong, however, with holding onto your beliefs so tightly that you never allow a dissenting opinion in.
This is called fundamentalism, and it leads to extremism; there is something wrong with that.
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