Long but interesting article. I have long thought that the only way Liberals can believe what they say they believe is to have a somewhat “faith” in what is said. I always called it Secular Humanism. Now we see a move to install Social Gospel as the new and improved religion of choice. Just to be clear, the Social Gospel movement is making headway in some conservative denominations here in the U.S.
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Many times conservatives have such high standards that we want to win, but not at any cost. Our winning depends on our being right not expedient.
We need to fight to win the long haul, but we need to realize that small battles won allow us to keep fighting. Libs never declare total victory, because they are always pushing for more. Win a skirmish, a small battle and brag like crazy, then come back for more.
Libs are never satisfied. They desire to change society. They are willing to wait as long as it takes to fundamentally change America. And slowly they try…..
Last week, US Attorney General William Barr gave an extraordinary speech about religious liberty at Notre Dame Law School. I have not been able to locate a transcript, and only found time to watch it this morning. Here’s a video of the entire thing. The speech itself begins at about the four-minute mark.
The AG begins by talking about the capacity for self-government, meaning not the form of administration of a liberal democracy, but the ability of individuals to master their own passions, and subject them to reason. Can we handle freedom? That, says Barr, is a question that preoccupied the Founders.
No society can exist without the capacity to restrain vice, he goes on to say. If you depend only on the government to do this, you get tyranny. (This, by the way, is what’s happening in China; many Chinese actually support the tyrannical Social Credit System, because communism destroyed civil society and social trust.) But, says Barr, licentiousness is another form of tyranny. People enslaved by their own appetites make community life impossible. (This, I would say, is what we are more endangered by in America today … and it will ultimately call forth tyranny, Chinese-style.)
Barr offers this quotation from Edmund Burke:
“Men are qualified for civil liberty, in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.”
Why is religion a public good? Because, says Barr, it “trains people to want what is good.” It helps to frame a society’s moral culture, and instills moral discipline. No secular creed has emerged that can do what religion does, he says. And by casting religion out, we are dismantling the foundation of our public morality.
“What we call ‘values’ today are nothing more than mere sentimentality, drawing on the vapor trails of Christianity,” says the AG.
Barr took the gloves off, saying that religion is not jumping to its death; it’s being pushed.
“This is not decay,” he said. “This is organized destruction.” He named secularists in academia, media, and elsewhere as figures who are not neutral at all, but have rather inculcated a kind of religiosity in their own project of destroying religion. They conduct their own inquisitions and excommunications for heresy.
Read all of AG Barr’s speech at https://www.theamericanconservative.com/
Well worth the time to read and ponder.
Well written by Rod Dreher.
I have been a Christian all my live. Born and raised in church. Words matter and we are seeing a changing of our language.
The radical left is now in the process of defining anyone whatever their political bent to be a white nationalist. Even to the point of trying to tie Christians to this type of movement. First off being a white supremacist is not and never will be even remotely a part of any Christian’s belief system. Thinking you are better than anyone of a different color or nationality is evil and a sin. Let me also add there are African American churches that follow a doctrine call liberation theology. They are not a following Christian beliefs because they promote hatred against white people. Hatred against anyone is called sin in the Bible. This may not be a popular topic but it is truth.
Being a Nationalist is not evil, if all we are talking about is putting one’s own country first. Loving our country is not wrong. We should love our country and our freedoms. Doesn’t mean we look down or hate other people or nations.
Putting Christian in front of nationalist or supremacist to try to identify that action to Christian beliefs is a lie and a false statement meant to degrade true believers. Again changing the meaning of words is a prime target of the leftist.
Why would they promote this lie? Because Christians stand for moral social issues, which the leftist do not!! Remember our battle as conservatives is more a battle of light vs darkness than ideas of government. We must call the leftist on this every time they attempt to paint Christians as evil. Remember there is a battle for the soul of America.
We always hear, or at least we used to hear about the art of compromise in politics. There would be a debate and sides would be established and parameters set. In the end would come a time of give and take and, presto, a consensus would be established and common ground would be achieved. I am not always in favor of compromise. Sometimes issues are so gravely important that one should stand their ground. Other times compromise provides a great way to give and take and ultimately meet in the middle for the common good. For example compromise on life issues such as abortion will not happen for me. Spending on the military or amounts to cut from the federal budget are great examples of issues to compromise on. Unfortunately in our day and in the past 40 years the only compromise in Congress usually means conservatives or Republicans are the ones to give. Democrats are always the takers. Vivid reminder of this is the deal Tip O’Neill and President Reagan worked out to in the 1980’s to cut the federal budget. O’Neil wanted to raise taxes and cut the budget later. Reagan agreed. Taxes went up and the budget was never cut. That my friends is how the Democratic party views compromise.
Never compromise with the enemy. Are the radical left wingers my enemy, yes if they want to destroy America. Killing babies up to and including birth, moving us to socialism, doing away with borders, raising taxes to destroy the country, taking our guns away and taking over our health care with medicare for all..making us a European country with death panels, then yes they are my enemy.
I stand for the Constitution and freedoms that have been fought for. I believe in the American way of life, nothing more nothing less. I will fight the left wing ideas and never compromise. God save our republic. God Bless America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Never compromise your God given liberties. Never ever give up the good fight of faith. Never! Ever!
The 2020 election is over a year away, but it is not too soon to be thinking about the ramifications of this milestone election year. We are in a fight for the soul of America. A fight we must win and hopefully win big to stop the haters. As with most elections this one, according to experts in the know, will come down to Florida. We must do a better job of registering new voters and educating all voters to the great strides made by the Trump administration. Due to the new felon voter law in Florida, that gives a pathway for felons to regain their right to vote, we must be more diligent to get the vote out. Take nothing for granted. The left never stops the relentless attack against conservative ideas. I plan on focusing on voter registration, moral issues in the state, and economic issues on the national stage. Vote faith, family, freedom. Get active, make a difference for America. VOTE YOUR VALUES! God Bless.
After the past couple of days, I have been thinking about the 4 freshman congress women who are not only socialists, but are fund raising with terror linked groups, at least 2 of them are. Why would you openly say you love this country and then by your own words say it is racist and evil. You openly say you want to fundamentally change our culture and our way of life. We are evil and you, in your august wisdom have declared you have the way to utopia. Check it at the door ladies, this country is free and nothing you do or say will make that go away. But as I was thinking, the only reason they want to change us is so they can be in charge. See socialists don’t want what is good for all, they want what is good for them. THEY want to be in charge of it all. THEY want all the power to decide who is right and who is wrong. THEY want to be the ruling class while all us peons work and scrape out a menial existence. Check out every socialist country, it starts out sharing the wealth. Ends up like Venezuela. Violence, bloodshed, poverty, and starvation. By the way guns are always confiscated first. I agree with President Trump. You’re Americans now, love it or leave it.