The View From 1776
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Liberal-Progressive Socialism, OK. Christianity, No.
Liberal-progressives presume freedom to ridicule Christianity, but deny any public freedom of expression to Christians.
TV news moderator Brit Hume has been pilloried for suggesting that Tiger Woods find personal peace in Jesus Christ. Michael Gerson offers a rebuttal.
In this controversy, we are presented with two models of discourse. Hume, in an angry sea of loss and tragedy—his son’s death in 1998—found a life preserver in faith. He offered that life preserver to another drowning man. Whatever your view of Hume’s beliefs, he could have no motive other than concern for Woods himself.
The other model has come from critics such as Shales, in a spittle-flinging rage at the mention of religion in public, comparing Hume to “Mary Poppins on the joys of a tidy room, or Ron Popeil on the glories of some amazing potato peeler.” Shales, of course, is engaged in proselytism of his own—for a secular fundamentalism that trivializes and banishes all other faiths. He distributes the sacrament of the sneer.
Who in this picture is the more intolerant?
What makes liberal-progressives’ angry and derisive attack ironic is that, since 1965 with the passage of President Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Federal government has been using taxpayers’ money to teach the secular religion of socialism.