Skip to comments.The Left's Values Are Our State Church
Posted on 08/30/2017 9:55:14 PM PDT by ReformationFan
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..."
The First Amendment assumes that the proper sphere of government is policies, not values. And so it protects the right of political participation and prohibits a state church that would define values.
The government had the right to decide to go to war with France. It did not have a right to decide what you should believe. Politics extended into the realm of policies, not beliefs.
But as religious belief declined, politics replaced it as the repository of moral and ethical values. This transformation began on the left. The left was the least religious in the traditional sense. And the most likely to build up an ideology of secular values with which to displace traditional religious values.
The last century witnessed an extensive effort to scrub religious values out of government. But this effort was matched by an equally comprehensive project to replace them with the lefts own values. Unlike the wall between church and state, there were few legal safeguards against writing values into legislation if they were irreligious ones. The church was deemed to be the true threat. Not the state.
But the end result looks very much like an establishment of religion. Even in the church sense.
The values written into the legislation reflect those of certain churches, but not others. When nuns are forced to pay for birth control and Christian photographers with traditional beliefs are compelled to participate in gay weddings, the government is picking religious establishment winners and losers.
The winners are roughly on the religious left and the losers on the religious right.
Unitarians win, Baptists lose. Quakers win, Mormons lose. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) triumphs over the Presbyterian Church in America. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America prevails over the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Its hard not to see this as an establishment of religion.
This isnt about doctrinal battles or gay marriage. Its about the culture war fallout from the lefts power to write its values into law and into the codes of conduct that hold sway in in private organizations.
We take the truth of our values on faith. They are a matter of subjective conviction, not objective fact. To those who believe in them, they appear to be the absolute truths of the enlightened. But they cannot be proven to be true in any meaningful way. You either believe in them. Or you dont.
Google fired James Damore for questioning a tenet of its beliefs. That is in theory illegal. The search engine monopoly created forums in which employees were meant to discuss these very issues. Damore was not fired for expressing his views at work, but for politely expressing the incorrect view.
California law protects employees fired for both religious and political views. But the hostile workplace pretext that led to Damores firing is an example of how the lefts values are the basis of legislation. Much as public accommodation civil rights protect the demand to participate rather than the right of religious dissent, the protection of minority participation is at the heart of the lefts bid for equality. But this has never truly been a matter of law, but of values. The law mandates the elimination of obstacles. It does not demand that values winners and losers be chosen to achieve equality. That is a leftist bias.
The left defends imposing its values by force through outrage at selective suffering on the one hand and abstractions about the empowerment of participatory equality on the other. Ultimately though it cannot defend its values without reference to those values. That is typical of belief systems.
The lefts secular religion functions as a theocracy. It promises salvation through Socialism, warns that human sin will destroy the world through global warming and is engaged in a perpetual struggle against those who do not share its values. It wages war on religious freedom because it is a kind of religion.
There can be no political freedom where there is no religious freedom. Religion is more encompassing than politics can ever be. Politics addresses which policy best accomplishes a particular goal. Religion tackles the question of what the goal should be. If you dont have the freedom to determine your own goals, then your ability to choose policies is as meaningless as some European elections.
Leftist systems seek to create democratic arenas in which we are free to disagree on policies, but not goals. They do this by writing values into the system so that only one sort of goal is deemed acceptable.
Deviations from the goal are not acceptable. Questioning the goal is heresy. And leads to sanctions.
Trump Derangement Syndrome, Googles firing of James Damore and the violent attacks on conservative speakers are all examples of what happens when the goals are blasphemously challenged.
Politics is far more likely to turn violent over values rather than policy. That is why the Founders wanted politics to be confined to policy rather than values. We can rationally debate policy, but we cant debate values. We can argue over what we feel to be true, but the revelations of our deepest selves cannot be proven. And when they are challenged, anger, hostility and even violence quickly follow.
The First Amendment helped build a system where our representatives debated what we should do, rather than what we should think. Politicians were meant to get things done, not argue dogma. The culture war we are in is less about what we should do than what we should think. The violent confrontations and clashes are not really about campus safe spaces or Confederate memorials, but how we should see ourselves. The confrontations are meant to be both polarizing and clarifying.
Theyre a religious war. The left has established its religion. And violence against heretics swiftly follows.
America is in the midst of an ugly conflict because our political system was hijacked by the Church of the Left. The legislative and judicial hijacking of our system has turned our politics into a culture war. To end the conflict we must return to a true understanding of the First Amendment. It is not the role of government to tell us what to think or what to believe. And any government that embarks on such a totalitarian enterprise will tear apart our society and destroy our way of life.
As the left is doing.
Of course, this is quite true, even though Google per se has nothing approaching a "belief" ... not a one.
But I meant to comment on the paritcular heresy being condemned. I feel free to say that intellectual pursuits in general, and math and science in particular, have a male character, although this does not, of course, exclude women, categorically, from pursuing them. It's just kind of a Freudian thing.
My Mom was a big math brain, and a big influence for me, in fact my main model, even though my Dad was an engineer, and "Mr. Fixit", so you know, I got the best of both worlds!
I guess that makes me just about the most perfect and well adjusted individual imaginable!
I’m 65. I have already determined as to which and what my ‘religious beliefs’ are.
I have spent 10 years of my life defending every American citizens’ ‘religious beliefs’, without once asking them to align with mine. I expect the same of them, towards me.
Now, it seems that those who wish to corrupt the America I love, are dead-set to corrupt EVERYBODY’S ‘religious beliefs’.
These vermin need to be eradicated, like the rats that brought the black plague to Europe.
Yo! This seemed to come on rather suddenly, in the course of the exposition, that is. This was exactly the terminology that Hitler's regime used to justify the extermination of the Jews. I recall seeing newsreels of scurrying rats.
So my opinion is that once you embrace this metaphor, you are beyond the pale.
But my liberality of mind is illimitable, and I am only left wondering how you could think such things.
Dear dr lew,
re: “So my opinion is that once you embrace this metaphor, you are beyond the pale.
But my liberality of mind is illimitable, and I am only left wondering how you could think such things.”
I may appear ‘beyond the pale’ to you, and to others, and i am comfortable in my existence for you to formulate that opinion. I am comfortable with the re-enactment of the anti-Communist laws of the 1950’s, which would clean out the ensconced Socialists/Communists within the federal government, both those hired, and elected.
I, in July of 1970, took an Oath, that has no expiration date, except the day that *I* expire. That Oath includes the term “enemies domestic and foreign”, which i believe is self-explanatory. Call me “a rabid American” if you like, just don’t call me “late for dinner”, and we will be fine.
I am old enough to know what Communism/Socialism truly is, and it has no part in this country of mine. Neither does any law mohammedan. The State as ‘church’ is totalitarian, even if dressed up as ‘government will take care of you’.
If you are more and more UNcomfortable, the more you read my answer, possibly you are not ‘rabid American enough’.
But if the Quakers won, would we still have an army?
A little more seriously, perhaps, I think those Quakers may be the recent converts in college towns and people who are liberals first and Friends second.
What the real heritage Quakers think and believe I don't know. Obviously, they're not Evangelicals in the way we've come to think of that group, and they don't like guns, but the longtime Quaker community seems to keep a very low profile.
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