Posts from the “Politics” Category

Why did pastors start pretending to be psychologists?

Posted on July 3rd, 2014

Recently we looked at the melding of psychiatry with progressivism, seeking to label those who don’t acquiesce to progressivism as unhinged fascists (“Are Conservatives Insane?”). Goldberg demonstrates that liberal theologians were quick to join this movement, transforming Christianity into therapy: A wave of liberal theologians met the psychiatrists halfway, arguing that various neuroses were the product of social alienation and that traditional religion should reorient itself toward healing them. Psychiatry— and “relevance”— became the new standards for clergy everywhere. Jonah Goldberg, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Kindle Locations 4305-4307). Even in conservative seminaries today, psychological terminology abounds. People don’t look to their pastor for absolution, but counseling. The pastor has had a smattering of…

Hobby Lobby Fascism

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Earlier today we looked at the collusion of progressivism with psychology to judge the opponents of liberalism as insane, or fascist. Similar tactics remain at work among the rank-and-file progressives. Yesterday’s Hobby Lobby decision was met with cries of fascism.   Religious fascism has now caught up with corporate fascism. #RIPDemocracy. It was fun while it lasted. #SCOTUS Supreme Court Hobby Lobby — mock_you_men_tory (@LiteisoN) June 30, 2014 @steadythere Hobby Lobby and every other privately held company can now decide what you get. Say hello to Fascism. — Keith (@NorCalKeith) June 30, 2014 The irony is that the ruling protected a private company against an oppressive state. The fact that few see this demonstrates Goldberg’s point: if you aren’t for progressivism, you must be a fascist. This is dangerous…

Are conservatives insane?

Posted on July 1st, 2014

In Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg shows how progressivism joined psychology with Marxism and declared opponents insane: A handful of immensely influential Marxist theorists, mostly Germans from the so-called Frankfurt School (transplanted to Columbia University beginning in the 1930s), married psychology and Marxism to provide a new vocabulary for liberalism. These theorists— led by Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse— tried to explain why fascism had been more popular than communism in much of Europe. Borrowing from Freud and Jung, the Frankfurt School described Nazism and Fascism as forms of mass psychosis. That was plausible enough, but their analysis also held that since Marxism was objectively superior to its alternatives, the masses, the bourgeoisie, and anyone else who disagreed with them had to…

Deadly Scissors

Posted on July 1st, 2014

This picture, tweeted by Rep. Keith Ellison, is sadly symbolic of the gruesome work of abortion.   Cutting the ribbon at the new Planned Parenthood in Richfield #HobbyLobbypic.twitter.com/sdDS1pnwea — Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 30, 2014 We know what they use scissors for at the abortion mills.

What music do atheists ban?

Posted on May 28th, 2014

Last night at the Kennedy Center the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra performed works of Arvo Pärt, under the direction of Tönu Kaljuste. As spectacular as the recordings of Pärt’s music are (some of my favorites are the Berliner Messe, Te Deum, Fratres, and Für Alina), nothing compares to hearing it performed live by the world’s best interpreters. The acoustics in the Kennedy Center are grand, and the whispering violin in the opening sequence of Fratres was audible 26 rows back, while the choir’s roar during the Te Deum was rapturous. It is now several decades since the fall of the Soviet Union.Yet a rising Russia and the new atheism, combined with threats on religious liberty by the Obama administration,…

“I’m not stopping to be interviewed”

Posted on April 16th, 2014

Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, has an opinion about death, judgment day, and heaven: Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both restless and wistful. When he sat down for the interview, it was a few days before his 50th college reunion. His mortality has started dawning on him, at 72. And he admitted he was a bit taken aback by how many of his former classmates had been appearing in the “in memoriam” pages of his school newsletter. But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking…

House Judiciary Committee statement on Religious Freedom

Posted on March 27th, 2014

Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement on the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius religious freedom cases in the Supreme Court, which center around the government mandate that businesses provide insurance coverage that includes contraceptives that could end human life after conception, despite their religious beliefs.   Chairman Goodlatte:  “Our nation’s laws have long-protected the rights of people to freely exercise their religious beliefs and recognized their convictions as valuable and nonnegotiable. The Obamacare mandate at issue in the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius cases in the Supreme Court signifies a growing willingness for federal bureaucrats and President Obama to blatantly disregard the consciences of people of faith.   “As an original co-sponsor of the broad, bipartisan Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA),…

The vicious cycle of Planned Parenthood funding

Posted on February 24th, 2014

In the second season of Netflix’s smash hit House of Cards, money laundering plays a key role in criticism of the president. While it is legal, what the U.S. Government does with Planned Parenthood is far worse. Now with Obamacare, this problem is exacerbated. Federal funding flows to Planned Parenthood, which uses a portion to campaign for pro-abortion politicians. In Planned Bullyhood, Karen Handel writes, Essentially this is a legalized scheme in which Planned Parenthood takes in nearly $500 million a year in government money and hundreds of millions more in other revenue— contributions and payments for services— and then turns a significant portion of these funds over to its political arm to support Democrats in order to keep the money well pumping. This process keeps…

Religion: companion and cradle of freedom

Posted on February 20th, 2014

Alexis de Tocqueville on freedom and religion: Freedom sees in religion the companion of its struggles and its triumphs, the cradle of its infancy, the divine source of its rights.  It considers religion as the safeguard of mores; and mores as the guarantee of laws and the pledge of its duration.