All this is not to say that liberals hate every aspect of religion. They don’t – they just want to harness some of its aspects in the service of their agenda. Or, to be more exact, some of what they thinkare aspects of religion, like mindless obedience and blind faith. For example, only some sort of quasi-religious, childlike faith in trans-rational truth would allow one to stand in a snowdrift outside the Koch Brothers’ offices shivering as he holds up a placard reading, “The End Is Near! Repent Your Global Warming!”
And there are creepier parallels. In ancient Carthage, they worshipped a god called Baal of the Fiery Furnace who demanded the sacrifice of young children. Today, salty feminist grad students play hooky from their classes on how patriarchy kept boys from liking them to shout slogans about how their abortions empowered them as womyn. Apparently, only the death of countless babies can atone for the cruel patriarchy of western civilization. Or something.
Some, embracing the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Bill Maher, attack religion directly. Back on August 29, 2013, Matty Yglesias, a liberal blogger known only for his experience in the field of being a liberal blogger, tweeted: “I take an old-school Jacobin-style line that religion should be stamped out.”
Here’s a helpful hint, Matt. The end with the hole is the one that goes “bang.” That’s the end you’ll want to point at those religious people whose religion you want to stamp out. I know a bunch of people who would die to preserve their religion. I’m not sure Matt would be willing to die to stamp it out – or that he could find any other sucker willing to lose his life trying to fulfill that liberal fantasy.
What Matt reveals is the not-so-hidden desire of the left to wipe out every competing power center in society, and religion is a competing power center. He, and his goosestepping brethren, hate the idea that people might hold and act upon beliefs other than those he and his pals cooked up at some D.C. cocktail party or in some faculty lounge at the local university’s Oppression Studies Department. This is why they must break religion to their will. Some, like the alleged Presbyterians who recently divested in Israel, are only too eager to obey by choosing leftism over God’s chosen people.
But where they can’t stamp faith with their brand, they will seek to stamp it out. My new book,Conservative Insurgency, is a speculative history of the future struggle against the false religion of liberalism, and it anticipates that this war on those of faith will only get worse before it gets better. But then oppression is something the religious (and secular people who defend religious liberty) have faced throughout history. Yet today, the religious have tools they did not necessarily have in the past – first and foremost, a Constitution that protects our right to practice our religion as we see fit. Moreover, we also have social media that allows us to bypass the secular gatekeepers to spread information and organize.
Oh, and we also have God on our side.