“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” – Barack Obama (2006)
Most conservative evangelicals remember with a mixture of horror and anger the above quotation from Barack Obama. While the statement is often misquoted as Obama simply having said “We are not a Christian nation,” omitting the rest of the context, the effect of the actual quote is largely the same.
The point of the statement was to show that, in modern America, a variety of faiths exist side-by-side. While governance by Judeo-Christian standards might have been effective hundreds of years ago, it doesn’t translate to a modern multi-faith society.
But that statement says a lot more about the direction of modern Leftism than most originally thought…because in a way, the Left has reignited religious fervor to suit its own ends.
Let me explain.
Under the umbrella of Leftist society, all religions are equal…but the concept of religion itself is not exactly seen favorably. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and any number of other faiths are all equally valid worldviews in the eyes of the Left, but those groups are collectively less enlightened than those who take a humanistic, atheistic view.
The core of the modern Left (generally speaking) tends to consider itself post-religion. While organized religions may have once served a purpose, they really have no place in an enlightened modern world.
The concept of absolute morality is oppressive and closed-minded, and absolute standards have been discarded in favor of “speaking your truth.”
Belief in any sort of Creationist viewpoint is criticized as being “anti-science,” and any scientist who ascribes to the theory of Intelligent Design is usually not taken very seriously by the scientific community.
The Judeo-Christian values upon which the United States was built do nothing but uphold racism, sexism, and bigotry. Those values, along with the founding documents that contain those values and the men who wrote those documents, need to be disavowed and erased.
All told, the vision of a Leftist utopia is one generally free from “the opium of the masses.”
And yet, despite all that, some of the Left’s most prominent movements and causes have taken on an eerie similarity to the religions that they claim to disdain. Two of the most widespread movements, Climate Change Prevention and Anti-Racism, have come to dominate the culture, and the followers of these new religions are as devoted to the cause as any member of a major religion in history.
They say that religion is disappearing in Western culture, but that’s not entirely true. Religion is merely evolving…and violent cults have taken over.
The Religion Of Climate Change
Although its cultural relevance has dropped off sharply since the start of the year, it was only a few short months ago that Climate Change dominated the global conversation. Before being overshadowed by President Trump’s impeachment, followed by COVID-19, an economic crash, and then race riots and anti-police protests (quite a progression of events right there), climate-related hysteria had thrown the developed world into a panic.
Experts warned that we only had 12 years left to reverse our course towards extinction. Then, different experts told us we only had 6 years. And then, right at the end, a few others said it was probably already too late for us to fix things anyway. Regardless of which experts you listened to, one thing was clear: mankind is headed for a climate-related catastrophe…and it was around this apocalyptic prophecy that the religion of Climate Change began to take shape.
Make Your Confession And Be Absolved
The central premise of the religion is simple: the earth’s climate is being irreparably damaged, and humans are to blame. Anyone who claims differently is a heretic who deserves to burn at the metaphorical stake of public ridicule.
To combat the evil of climate change, a behavioral standard was implemented for the true supporters to follow. Consumption of meat products was strictly forbidden. Travel via airplane or personal gas-powered vehicle was heavily frowned upon. The cardinal sin of drinking with a single-use plastic straw was for a time unforgivable, but using flimsy paper alternatives was an acceptable act of contrition.
If anyone should fall short on upholding these precepts, there is a path to absolution. Simply make known your sins via the handy Climate Confessions webpage provided by NBC News, and all will be forgiven. While perusing the website, you can see the confessions of other climate sinners attesting to their failures, and you can anonymously submit your own testimony about categories like “plastic,” “meat,” “energy,” “transportation,” or other categories “where you fall short in preventing climate change.”
(I’m not even kidding, this is a real website. Click HERE to see what I’m talking about.)
Contrite sinners are also encouraged to make a donation (tithe) to the climate activism organization of their choosing, or maybe even to the government itself. Sure, this opens the door for bad actors to reap personal profit from the well-meaning donations of devotees…but hey, the same could be said of any organized religion, right?
Sacred Writings Of Sacred People
Like most religions throughout history, the Green Movement has sacred texts to codify its belief system, as well as a whole host of prophets, priests, and apostles dedicated to spreading the word.
In 2006, the Old Testament-esque “An Inconvenient Truth” chronicled the endeavors of the prophet Al Gore, who, like the prophet Isaiah, cried out for the people to repent before it was too late. Like the Old Testament, Gore’s project was filled with predictions, some fulfilled and others still to come.
Then, in 2019, we were bestowed with a new climate gospel in the form of the Green New Deal. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “a lone voice crying out in the wilderness,” clashed with the established powers when this document was first published. It called for sweeping socialist reforms in the name of fighting climate change, and those reforms were radical to say the least. Despite a total lack of support at the time, the GND has circulated like a Pauline epistle through the levels of the American government, and various iterations of the bill have been proposed or adopted at the city or state levels, and it’s even returned to the halls of Congress once again.
But AOC wasn’t enough to bring about the change the movement needed.
But then, unto us a child was born, and her name was Greta Thunberg.
The Climate Messiah
Thunberg, an unassuming teenage girl from Sweden, grabbed the world’s attention by going on a strike from school, traveling the world in a prototype ecofriendly sailboat to speak about the growing threat to mankind. In record time, the then-16-year-old climate activist became the face of a new movement, amassing a global following and delivering her message to the highest authorities in the world.
In a moment celebrated by her supporters, she criticized the United Nations for their lack of action (“How dare you?”). She took on President Trump when he told her to “chill.” She was even appointed as Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2019. It was abundantly clear that she was the promised one the Climate Change movement was waiting for.
Now, we could spend hours discussing the problems inherent in propping up a child as the face of a political movement, but all that’s been covered before.
The thing of particular note here was the way that Thunberg was heralded using explicitly Christ-like comparisons. She wasn’t just celebrated as a leader or held up as an example. No, to the congregants of the Climate Change movement, she was akin to the incarnation of the Son of God Himself.
Thunberg’s elevation to messianic status seems to have initially started as a half-joking tweet from comedian Sarah Silverman, who said “You think you will recognize Jesus when he comes back? He is this girl. And y’all don’t even see it.”
You think you will recognize Jesus when he comes back? He is this girl. And y’all don’t even see it. https://t.co/TAB5YafOQ0
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 14, 2019
However, this was very quickly followed by a similar statement from a parish of the Church of Sweden in December of 2019. Translated from the original Swedish, the post reads: “Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed one of his successors, Greta Thunberg.”
Kungörelse! Jesus från Nasaret har nu utsett en av sina efterträdare, nämligen Greta Thunberg.🌟
— Limhamns kyrka (@Limhamnskyrka) December 1, 2018
Thus, with sins confessed and forgiven, quoting from their sacred texts, and led by their new messiah, devotees of Climate Change Prevention acted with cult-like fanaticism. Activists held international “climate strikes,” staged massive demonstrations by blocking traffic in major cities, and even started a movement to prevent more children from being born until the crisis was resolved.
And yet all of this was accompanied by a refusal to admit that the movement had any religious association whatsoever. Remember, these are the same people who actively insist that devoutly religious people are anti-science, and Climate Change was all about science, however dubious that science may be. Therefore, any religious comparisons were quickly disregarded, allowing the movement to claim mainstream, secular credibility while also implementing the tenets of a codified religious system.
The heyday of Climate Change seems to have died down lately, but in its wake has come yet another movement to rival the first.
The Religion Of Anti-Racism
Returning to the forefront of the national conversation since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, the campaign against racism in America has intensified significantly, and with good reason. Racism around the world is one of the greatest evils of history, and seeking to right the wrongs of the past is a respectable goal.
But in the pursuit of that goal, the noble cause has been co-opted by radical elements, and it is from these that the movement has taken on the degree of religious fanaticism.
To quote Professor John McWhorter, associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, who delivered an address on this very subject back in 2018, ““Anti-Racism, as currently configured, has gone a long way from what used to be considered intelligent and sincere civil rights activism. Today, it’s a religion, and I don’t mean that as a rhetorical feint. I mean that it actually is what any naïve anthropologist would recognize as a faith, even in people who don’t think of themselves as religious.”
In its current form, Anti-Racism, just like Climate Change Prevention, has taken on the trappings of a legitimate religious structure, all while denying religious inspiration. And yet, when examining the way the movement actually functions, the connections are undeniable.
The saints and martyrs of this new religion consist of a long list of men and women killed at the hands of police officers and vigilante white citizens. Many of these men and women are deservedly included on that list. Many others are not.
The connotations of words like “problematic” or “racist” have in many ways come to be identical to the word “blasphemous” when used in a religious context.
The writings of authors like Ta-Nehisi Coates serve as the key discourses on subjects like race relations and white supremacy.
The sacred gospel of Anti-Racism is undoubtedly the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1619 Project, a work of unabashed revisionist history that reframes the American founding through the lens of slavery and systemic racism.
But the true origins of the issue Anti-Racism addresses extend back far beyond even 1619, reaching to the very beginning of humanity itself.
Addressing Original Sin
When discussing the racially-based problems plaguing mankind today, most members of the Anti-Racism movement will provide a similar message: Any white person, simply by nature of being white, carries with them an implicit bias against people of color. They spend their lives benefitting from their own white privilege, propagating systemic racism merely by existing.
However, it is possible for this sin to be addressed when that white person a) acknowledges their privilege and bias, b) acknowledges that these things are an inherent part of them that will not go away, and c) dedicates themselves to overcoming that inherent nature by behavioral modification and increased education. When this happens, these people have, for lack of a better term, been converted to Anti-Racism.
So, allow me to pose this question: how is this any different from the religious concept of Original Sin?
Just as Anti-Racists point to white privilege and implicit bias, Christians point to the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In the Christian worldview, that Original Sin has imparted a sinful nature onto every single person who has ever lived. Wrongdoing is an inherent part of human nature, and the process for overcoming it is shockingly similar to how one can overcome white privilege.
At the moment of conversion, a new Christian a) acknowledges their sinfulness, b) acknowledges that sin cannot be overcome by human effort, and c) pledges to accept Christ, allowing them to be forgiven, and also commits to a form of behavioral modification.
In both cases, an inherent, inescapable part of existence is recognized and a solution is sought out. This holds true for countless faiths, and Anti-Racism is no exception. The parallels are striking…
But they go deeper than that.
The Heart Of The Issue Is A Heart Issue
The crux of Anti-Racist philosophy, as with Christianity and similar religions, draws attention to the innermost thoughts of the individual. In many ways, actions become secondary to intentions, and external events must be judged based on internal motivations. No matter how good an action is, if the intent behind it does not meet the necessary criteria, the action is rendered invalid.
In Christianity and other faiths with similar views of sin, it is believed that sin truly begins in a person’s heart/mind. For example, in Matthew 5:27-28, Christ says “‘You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Likewise, just a few verses before, He teaches that ““You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment.” In both of these examples, the sins of adultery and murder are linked to the internal conditions of lustful or unjustifiably hateful thoughts. The sinful actions, therefore, are merely an extension of the sinful heart condition that created them. Furthermore, even any good actions done with a sinful mindset are rendered invalid because they were done for the wrong reasons.
Anti-Racism in a modern context holds a very similar standard. Consider the approach taken towards various politicians. A man like President Trump, whose policies have arguably been very beneficial for minority communities, is constantly accused of being a racist and fomenting white supremacy because his critics claim that his mindset, the condition of his heart, is one of racism. Meanwhile, other politicians are able to simply acknowledge the existence of racism and lament their own white privilege and escape criticism without anything further being expected of them. Once they’ve acknowledged it, thereby signifying that their mindset is one of contrite allyship, any actions they carry out are permissible, regardless of whether it actually helps minorities or not.
As Professor McWhorter further elaborated, “Why is somebody talking about their white privilege more important than talking about making black schools better? Why is it important for a Black Lives Matter activist to probe Hillary Clinton’s heart as opposed to thinking about what policy she will take in terms of criminal sentencing or housing policy or the on-the-ground sorts of things that we really need to be thinking about if we want to help black people?”
Again, as with an established religion, Anti-Racism judges actions based on intentions…and that’s a good thing. Hebrew and Christian scriptures are full of references to internal conditions being indicative of external actions and vice versa.
But, see, those religions actually call themselves religions. They’ve been correctly identified, and calling them anything else would be disingenuous…and the same can be said for Anti-Racism.
So, given the religious fervor with which movements like these have gained traction in our society, what’s to be done about it?
Convert Now, Repent Later?
Anti-Racism and Climate Change, like any widespread religious movement, has amassed an extensive following of people eager to spread the message. Apologists for both groups are educated and well-prepared to defend their positions as zealously as any religious fundamentalist.
And like any of the radical movements that have taken positions of political or cultural power throughout history, nowadays, conversion isn’t presented as optional. Given the power of today’s Cancel Culture, refusal to comply could lead to social backlash, loss of employment, or even threats of physical violence.
Before the might of Climate Change, people began to fear that modernized society would be sent back to the Stone Age in the name of reducing carbon emissions. Anyone who ate a hamburger, traveled by plane, or didn’t fully support hydro, solar, and electric power was accused of facilitating the extinction of mankind.
During the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality, white people have been encouraged to kneel and ask for forgiveness for implicit bias, at one point even washing the feet of black protesters. Anyone who speaks out against such demonstrations is accused of being a white supremacist, and rioters have made a habit of targeting police officers simply because of the uniform they wear.
With all this pressure only intensifying by the day, the temptation to simply “go along to get along” is ever-present. Even if a person doesn’t agree with the movement, bending the knee and paying lip service to the cause offers the path of least resistance. But while few could be blamed for caving into the social pressure to convert to these movements, it’s more important than ever to stand up to the mob.
America was founded on the concepts of human rights and the dignity of the individual. Right, Left, or Center, every citizen is an individual first. Change, whether for better or for worse, won’t come as part of a top-down solution. It begins within each one of us and extends out from there. Embracing a movement, converting to a religion, or adhering to a political party shouldn’t be a decision based on race, gender, or any other factor. The key is individual choices. The moment we surrender to the herd mentality because of social pressure is the moment the mob wins for good.
So it’s simple: stand up and think for yourself. The whole point of individual liberty is that it doesn’t matter what you think, only that you think.
After all, this is still America. Our Constitution protects your right to religious freedom…and if movements are going to act like religions, it’s only fair to treat them that way.
Remember that key element of the American spirit: kneel to no man, and pray only to God.
See Professor John McWhorter’s Full Statement HERE: