Atheism Poisons Everything
If you’re a conservative American just minding your own business, you’ve seen better days. Here is The Stream‘s John Zmirak on what your compatriots have endured on their summer vacation:
The president’s press secretary, Sarah Sanders, and her family were evicted from The Red Hen restaurant by an owner who disapproves of her politics. Then that owner led a mob to follow some of the Sanders family and harass them at the next place they went to eat. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tried to eat at a Mexican restaurant, only to face a mob of protestors inside the eatery screaming “Shame” amidst profanities and insults. Florida Attorney General (and frequent defender of President Trump on Fox News) Pam Bondi was identified, harassed, and spat on when she tried to watch the new Mr. Rogers movie…. A menacing mob gathered outside presidential speechwriter Stephen Miller’s apartment.
- Steve Bannon was heckled in a Virginia bookstore.
- Mitch McConnell was chased from a Kentucky restaurant.
Mad Maxine Calls Out the Mob
Most people, regardless of political orientation, can see the danger of this kind of mob behavior. But not everyone. Congresswoman Maxine Waters would like to see more of it.
Retweet if you think Maxine needs to resign now! pic.twitter.com/hY9yAdSByk
— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) June 25, 2018
She’s a lot less enthusiastic about this kind of behavior, however, when she finds herself on the receiving end it, as the video below shows.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) June 26, 2018
Violence Is Almost All on the Left
You will notice that the aggressors in these cases come from the left. The reason is because the left is responsible for almost all of it. This is not just a conservative’s prejudiced viewpoint. Honest voices on the left agree. One of them is famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Hear what he has to say on this brief video:
Dershowitz is not alone. Bill Maher will no longer speak on college campuses because of the left’s intolerance of free speech. Liberal journalist Kirsten Powers wrote an entire book documenting how the left is actively fighting against our free speech rights. And then there’s Dave Rubin of social media fame. He’s a big part of a growing #walkaway movement on Twitter. And what are they walking away from? You guessed it — the left. Because of its anti-democratic ways. (Rubin is in a gay marriage, by the way, but he supports the conscience rights of Christian bakers.)
That there is such widespread bipartisan recognition that the left has lost its mind should convince you that there is merit to the claim. So a natural question arises: What can explain this phenomenon? Why is all this irrational and uncivilized behavior coming from Democrats?
No More Golden Rule
A common denominator can be discerned. All of these leftist miscreants engage in behavior toward others that they most certainly would not want done to themselves. (The Golden Rule.) The two videos of Maxine Waters above exemplify the point perfectly. So allow me for a moment to posit a controversial theory. Let me suggest that what we are witnessing from the Democratic Party is a most lamentable collapse in Christian thinking and behavior.
I can already hear the scoffers as I type these words. But demographics would seem to support this theory. The graph below illustrates: Christians are disappearing from the Democratic Party.
It’s only logical that, as this trend continues, we can expect to see a growing estrangement between the left and Christianity. This is an ominous sign for Christians, to be sure, as many writers have observed.
Christianity is the glue that holds our civilization together.
No Country for Atheists
But it may bode ill for society more generally. Sages have long warned us that Christianity is the glue that holds our civilization together. Eric Metaxas highlights the views of many of the founding fathers. They believed that Christianity was essential to the republic. In his excellent book If You Can Keep It, find his memorable quote from John Adams:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. — John Adams.
Here’s more about the dangers we face in the wake of Faith:
Sigmund Freud — no fan of the Church — grudgingly admitted in Civilization and Its Discontents that Christianity was probably necessary. It keeps our selfish instincts in check so that the world does not descend into anarchy.
But the New Atheists and their allies have mocked such ideas. They claim that “we don’t need God to be good.” That “religion poisons everything.” But despite all their immense publicity, it is just possible that the New Atheists are wrong. The evidence coming in suggests they are terribly wrong.
With the country as polarized as ever, both by the most consequential Supreme Court nomination in generations and the interminable investigations of our president, the political climate cannot afford to get any hotter before we see an ugly eruption. In fact, the eruptions have already begun:
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 27, 2018
Pagans Don’t Keep Acting Like Christians for Long
Ideas have consequences. And it makes perfect sense that, as America continues down the path of apostasy, fewer and fewer Americans will be able to think and behave like Christians. This will happen on the right as well, if it becomes more secularized. (See the violent “right-wing” pagans who marched at Charlottesville.) But for now, the neo-pagan movement skews mostly left.
And we are about to reap the consequences of that apostasy. Be warned. And be prepared.
John Gravino is author of the new book, The Immoral Landscape of the New Atheism.