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    THE THREAT TO A PROGRESSIVE AMERICA FROM ANTI-BLACK ANTIRACISTS

    THE NEW RELIGION

    It must be clear that I do not mean religion as a comparison. I genuinely mean that we are witnessing the birth of a new religion, just as Romans witnessed the birth of Christianity.

    Early Christians did not think of themselves as “a religion.” They thought of themselves as bearers of truth, in contrast to all other belief systems, whatever they chose to call themselves. In the same way, The Elect will resist being called a religion, especially since to the modern, individualist frame of mind, it can feel diminishing to be termed an adherent of something larger that channels thought. More recently, one might even feel tarred as “basic,” having failed to curate a unique persona.

    However, this resistance will miss the larger picture, which is less about The Elect as individuals than about how we make sense of a way of thinking they share, that seems so obsessive and hurtful from the outside. To make sense of it, we must understand them, partly out of compassion and partly to keep our own lives moving past them. This can only happen if we process them not as crazed but as parishioners.

    To do this we must examine the ways in which their new religion so closely parallels older ones. It makes what can seem like a mess of weird opinions and attitudes into something quite coherent.

    THE ELECT HAVE SUPERSTITION

    It is inherent to a religion that one is to accept certain suspensions of disbelief.

    Certain questions are not to be asked, or if asked, only politely. The answer one gets, despite being somewhat half-cocked, is to be accepted. The Christian is allowed to ask why the Bible is so self-contradictory, but only if satisfied with an answer like “God works in mysterious ways; what’s key is that you believe.” Why does God allow such terrible things to happen? Because we have free will, perhaps. No one has had a smackdown answer for two millennia anyway, and what’s key is that you believe.

    One internalizes an etiquette that it stops there. One is to classify the issues as “deep.” A way to fashion this as of a piece with rational thought is to assume that the relevant questions always lead to more questions.

    Elect philosophy requires the same standpoint. One is not to ask “Why are black people so upset about one white cop killing a black man when black men are at much more danger of being killed by one another?” Or, one might ask, only to receive flabby answers after which further questions are unwelcome. A common answer is that black communities do protest black-on-black violence. But anyone knows that the outrage against white cops is much, much vaster. All of 2020 after March was about outrage against white cops. None of 2020 was about black communities aggrieved at their sons and nephews and cousins killing one another, a trend that spiked in poor black neighborhoods nationwide in the summer of 2020 as it had in countless summers before.

    Is there a real answer? You will hear that black men are killing one another within a racist “structure.” But as an intelligent person you know that doesn’t answer the question. An elegant way of putting that is that there’s a difference between being killed by a fellow citizen and being killed by a figure of state authority. But does that mean “It’s not as bad if we do it to ourselves”?

    We get no real answer at that point except rolled eyes. One is simply not to question, and people can be quite explicit about it. For example, in the “Conversation” about race that we are so often told we need to have, the tacit idea is that black people will express their grievances and whites will agree. “Oh, no, no – you’re caricaturing,” The Elect object – but unable to specify a single thing they might learn, as opposed to what we heathen (see below) might.

    Rather, just as the Christian is told that the main thing is to believe, The Elect are taught that the main thing is to not be racist, regardless of what logic or fairness might dictate. So -- we must adjust standards for university admissions to foster diversity so that “diverse” students can contribute their perspectives in the classroom. But then “diverse” students regularly say that they hate being responsible for representing the “diverse” view in the classroom. The Elect’s response? To chalk up that expectation itself as “racism” – despite that this undercuts a prime justification for racial preferences. Question this closely and you just don’t “get it.” Rather, we might just accept this as questions always leading to more questions – and after a certain point, stop asking them.

    What you actually don’t “get” in your quest to wring logic out of incoherent positions like these is that for The Elect, being identifiable as Battling Racism, alone and in itself regardless of substance, is sacrosanct. Battling Racism – as in, power differentials -- is to be questioned only in ways that reinforce the idea that The Elect are correct. We scoff at this reductive mindset when reading of the Bolsheviks and Stalin a century ago in black-and-white photos, but cringingly allow it as a new paradigm when it’s on the behalf of black people in America last week on YouTube.


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    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    I have seen a few articles now that compare Wokeism to a religion. One said it was similar Puritan Christianity but without Christianity's ability for forgiveness.

    I think it just proves that everyone wants to believe in something bigger than themselves. You, CP, and I have chosen Christianity. The Elites in the article have chosen something else. Of course, the issues come in when one group tries to impose their beliefs on another. That is what we are seeing in Wokeism right now - a self-righteous attempt to impose itself on others.
    "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

    "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post
      I have seen a few articles now that compare Wokeism to a religion. One said it was similar Puritan Christianity but without Christianity's ability for forgiveness.

      I think it just proves that everyone wants to believe in something bigger than themselves. You, CP, and I have chosen Christianity. The Elites in the article have chosen something else. Of course, the issues come in when one group tries to impose their beliefs on another. That is what we are seeing in Wokeism right now - a self-righteous attempt to impose itself on others.
      Yeah, I'm still trying to decipher what this guy is going on about.
      "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

        Yeah, I'm still trying to decipher what this guy is going on about.
        When I followed the link to the article, I noticed this is part 3 of a series of posts. When I traced back to part 1, I found this summary of his purpose for the series.

        My main aims will be:

        1. to argue that this new ideology is actually a religion in all but name;

        2. to argue that to understand it as a religion is to see coherence in what may seem like a welter of “crazy” or overblown behaviors;

        3. to explore why this religion is so attractive to so many people;

        4. to show that this religion is actively harmful to black people despite being intended as unprecedentedly “antiracist”;

        5. to show that a pragmatic, effective, liberal and even Democratic-friendly agenda for rescuing black America need not be founded on the tenets of this new religion;

        6. to suggest ways to lessen the grip of this new religion on our public culture.


        I'll admit I'm a little foggy on his terms. He seems to be claiming that the current antiracist movement has become a new religion. The Elect seem to be the "leaders" of this movement. He holds that this new religion is harmful to the Progressive movement and race relations.

        I'm not sure I want to work through his series (it appears not all is posted yet) but somehow I think I could find myself agreeing with him on some points.

        I concur he doesn't seem to be the clearest author in the world.
        "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

        "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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        • #5
          anti-black antiracist is definitely a contradiction in terms.

          I'm always still in trouble again

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          • #6
            Well it certainly is an ideology. There are several overlapping ideologies in liberalism, from the "green" ideology which ostracizes anyone who dares question man-made global warming or wanting to take a pause before ruining our economy with crazy "emergency" measures, to the "white=racism" ideology that tells everyone that the only real racists are white people so "be less white". Then you have the "1 Million Genders" ideology that claims a person is whatever gender they want to identify with, despite their actual biology and if you question it, you are a bigot.

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