Why do progressives espouse disdain for religion, especially Christianity? Easy, theirs is a means that doesn’t justify their ends; there can be little doubt. The United States of America was clearly founded as a Christian nation in which other religious beliefs would be tolerated. The verbiage in the Bill of Rights simply states that the collective governments of the several states and the federal government would not establish a state religion. It established a freedom OF religion, but not a freedom FROM religion. Unfortunately, progressive judges later developed and applied the latter line of thinking to justify susequent progressive actions.
This perversion of the text, the language, and historical context by the liberal progressive movement of which the American Democratic Party and all Marxists seem to belong, appears to promote a common value: moral relativism. They justify their philosophical swill by denigrating morality, ethical behavior, and community values, allowing none of these to threaten their movement. Operating without an external moral or ethical compass, such as an established religious doctrine, progressives interject politically correct speech and norms into society as a way to pervert or control community and societal will.
It is historically true that governments have established and installed state religions as a means of population control. This is particularly true of Islamist states. But, it has also been a trdemark of Catholicism, Anglicanism, Puritanism, and even the Anabaptist movements that include the modern Amish. These religions used citizens’ belief systems as a means of controlling them. Their belief in God they believed to be incorruptible. Governments used the peoples’ morals and relied upon them in sustaning authority. Religious freedom and other natural rights suffered as a result.
Progressivism is a bit different. Progressives cannot speak from both sides of their collective face if morals and values are incorruptible. Politically, they must supplant the moral compass of religion with an ethos of the party, of the state, of that which is relevant at that moment. Then, without religious values getting in the way, the corruption of government goes undetected.
The much maligned and constantly attacked Scouting Movement of the United States, the Boy Scouts of America, has for years issued an interesting bumper sticker. “America is returning to the values that Scouting never forgot” This slogan first came out during the Reagan years. It needs to be revised today. ‘America needs to return to the values that scouting never forgot.’ A return to basic religious values is the first step. It is time to end the decay of the very fabric of this great nation caused by those who seek power and seek to maintain power by ending what it is meant to be an American. Freedom of religion was assured by those who had religiously driven morals and convictions. As such, there can be no freedom without religion and the basis simple beliefs and values, Christian beliefs and values, provide. End the progressive slide of moral relativism. Return America the values the progrssives want you to forget.