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4 minutes ago, blackbird said:

This article describes six ways leftism act like a religion.

"Conservative commentators have been mocked for years for describing leftism as a new religion of sorts. Since 2016, it has become clear that the modern left was determined to prove us right.

What we have witnessed unfold in this country over the last few years, and have seen increase exponentially as the 2020 election comes near, especially with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement, is an expression of religious zealotry so widespread, unforgiving, and violent that it might have made the Puritan governors of 17th-century Massachusetts worry they were being outdone.

Leftism is not a political ideology anymore. It is a full-fledged religion complete with tithing, penance, forced confessions, iconoclasm, internet inquisitions, public rituals, excommunication, heavily policed virtues, sacred texts, seminaries, and online auto-de-fes.

The proof is too plentiful to ignore. 

Here are the signs that we’re truly confronting a theocracy of totalitarian religious extremists.

1. Conformity, Strictly Enforced Virtues, and Excommunication

Throughout history, religious nonconformists and dissenters of theocracies like the one we’re now confronting have been denied political and civil rights. Those who fail to express their undying loyalty to the Church of Leftism and participate in its public rituals are marked as heathens and “canceled” faster than you can say “due process.” Those who dissent publicly from their established doctrine are routinely censored, humiliated, shunned from certain schools or organizations, and even deprived of their livelihoods.

In this religious system, heretics and apostates are ruthlessly suppressed and denied the full benefits of participation in the body politic. Even if you’re silent, the media choir will call it violence and demand you be shamed and unfollowed. If that’s not enough puritan madness, the choir will also instruct you on how to be sufficiently woke. The New York Times recently ran a piece suggesting you must demand your family and friends donate to left-wing causes or threaten them with excommunication.

Other ways leftism demonstrates it is a religion:

2. Inquisition

To ensure the aforementioned conformity, the Church of Leftism has established a Tribunal of the Woke Office of the Inquisition. They police speech; launch vicious pressure campaigns against celebrities, schools, and corporations; and work to ruin the lives of those who dare dissent from established orthodoxy. Even those who commit only the most venial of sins face the wrath of the woke.

3. Sins

Speaking of sins, the Church of Leftism has a lot of them. Groupthink is required, or else dissidents will be smeared with an -ism, -ist, or -phobia. Once the church attaches those labels to you, you might lose your job and get a public shaming. Homophobe, racist, bigot, xenophobe — these accusations used to carry meaning, but the left has misused and misapplied them for so long, they have lost almost all weight outside the pseudo religion.

4. Penance

If you do find that you’ve committed a sin after the woke inquisitors have their way with you, you shall be forced to commit a humiliating public act of penance. Grown men have been forced to beg on their knees or prostrate themselves. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey did it willingly only to find that no amount of groveling or virtue signaling could ever satiate the most extreme members of the church.

5. Public Ritual

Some leftist church members are perfectly happy to humiliate themselves without coercion. Its political priestly class, for example, is incredibly fond of gaudy vestments, their favorite fabric choices being white and Kente. Lay members choose more lively rituals or synchronized chants.

They even have holy wars. Look no further than the riots waged in large part by the far left and remember the phrase they’ve been using during the riots: “By all means necessary.” In their jihad, the only possible redemption for infidels like you or me is to come on bended knee, groveling and ready to convert wholesale to their liturgy of insanity. Even that might not be enough to save you.

.6. Evangelization

The missionary zeal of the Church of Leftism is enough to make the Latter Day Saints envious. Its evangelists are everywhere, their efforts permeating all aspects of life: television shows, websites, social media, consumer bank landing pages, corporate advertising. Barely a single product, app, or promotion these days comes without a free leftist sermon.

  For more on this and the whole article go to:

6 Ways Leftism Acts Like A Religion (thefederalist.com)

Holy cow!  Is that how your religion acts? 

What bastards!

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There is certainly a noticeable similarity.

The part that is concerning is the blind adherence to the dogma without regard for fact or reason. The 'faith" is all, questioning the faith is punishable.

While that might be one thing for an actual religion, it's very bad for a political movement. there's a reason histories don't smile on theocracies and why most civilized countries recognize the need to have seperations between church and state.
 

I would tend to classify the left these days as more of a cult than a religion, but there can be no doubt that its nearly the same thing,

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13 minutes ago, bcsapper said:

Holy cow!  Is that how your religion acts? 

What bastards!

"11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13  But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light."  Ephesians 5:11 KJV

Leftism must be exposed and reproved for what it is.

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8 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

This is more true if you consider identity politics as "the" left.  

Unfortunately, then you had to contend with leading conservatives being positive with regards to identity politics.

  It is natural for people to form alliances for common beliefs.  Identity politics is just the organizing of people with common beliefs on something.

Some beliefs might be reasonable but many must be rejected as harmful to society, such as leftism and progressivism.

"Identity politics is when people of a particular race, ethnicity, gender, or religion form alliances and organize politically to defend their group’s interests. The feminist movement, the civil rights movement, and the gay liberation movement are all examples of this kind of political organizing."

Identity Politics | Philosophy Talk

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5 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

This is more true if you consider identity politics as "the" left.  

Unfortunately, then you had to contend with leading conservatives being positive with regards to identity politics.

I think it would be fair to say that identity politics might be considered it's own 'sect' of the religion :)And there are those on the right who practice it.

But if we're being honest the right is not generally interested in that and it's defintely not emotionally invested the same way.  Most of the 'right's' examples are reactions to the left, rather than stand alone beliefs or activities. It's not the same 'religious ferver' for the most part.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Michael Hardner said:

Really then it follows that the Liberal party and NDP party should be banned.

Communist or Fascist states don't allow other parties to exist.  I thought democratic states allow any group to have their own political party.  Unfortunately even democracies seem to veer off the rails and end up in the gutter often.  It only proves democracy in and of itself is no guarantee of a good, honest society.

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Just now, Michael Hardner said:

Ok, so if you think that it's harmful don't you think it should be banned?  As long as we can hate speech, why wouldn't we ban pro socialist speech?

Real conservatives belief freedom of speech should not be banned or limited with rare exceptions.  It is the left or liberals who want to ban speech and control what is said on social media, etc.  It is leftism that wants to police what everyone says.

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1 hour ago, blackbird said:

Real conservatives belief freedom of speech should not be banned or limited with rare exceptions.  It is the left or liberals who want to ban speech and control what is said on social media, etc.  It is leftism that wants to police what everyone says.

Yet it is the right-wing Florida government that wants to ban a book's mention of Rosa Parks race. So much for the right's vaunted defenders of free speech.

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1 hour ago, blackbird said:

Really?  What is it then?

It is politically weaponizing identifiable groups based on things like race, sex, gender identity, sometimes regional identity or other 'marginalized' groups and often involves pitting those groups against an 'opressive' force which needs to be beaten and crushed so they can get ahead, usually boiling down to white males ;)

This is what the 'intersectional'  coalitions are about, the idea that there's a heirchy, if you're black then you're oppressed and deserve more than others, if you're a black female, you're REALLY oppressed and you deserve more than just regular blacks, and if you're a black female lesbian then you REAAAAALLY deserve to be heard more and get more than any of the others, etc etc.  There's a whole hierarchy of oppression that says how deserving you are based on where you are on that list and how many 'boxes' you tick off.

It's not organizing people with common beliefs. That's just regular politics. this is grouping people by type - you're a white male, you go stand over there, you're a black lesbian, you go with that group over there at the front of the line. THat kind of thing.

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1 hour ago, CdnFox said:

It is politically weaponizing identifiable groups based on things like race, sex, gender identity, sometimes regional identity or other 'marginalized' groups and often involves pitting those groups against an 'opressive' force which needs to be beaten and crushed so they can get ahead, usually boiling down to white males ;)

This is what the 'intersectional'  coalitions are about, the idea that there's a heirchy, if you're black then you're oppressed and deserve more than others, if you're a black female, you're REALLY oppressed and you deserve more than just regular blacks, and if you're a black female lesbian then you REAAAAALLY deserve to be heard more and get more than any of the others, etc etc.  There's a whole hierarchy of oppression that says how deserving you are based on where you are on that list and how many 'boxes' you tick off.

It's not organizing people with common beliefs. That's just regular politics. this is grouping people by type - you're a white male, you go stand over there, you're a black lesbian, you go with that group over there at the front of the line. THat kind of thing.

Yes, I think you are correct.  You have the correct definition.

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2 hours ago, dialamah said:

Explain Trump.

Good point dialamah!  Some people do make a god out of Trump.  However Trump's agenda seems less harmful than Leftism's religion.  Trump opposes Globalism, climate change fanaticism, open borders and other things that are wrecking America such as the woke.  While Trump is not the best choice, it seems in America there are only two choice, either poor, or very bad (Leftism).

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4 minutes ago, blackbird said:

A false religion is a negative thing.  The world is full of them.

That’s for sure!  Like…. Possibly all of them.  
 

4 hours ago, blackbird said:

Some leftist church members are perfectly happy to humiliate themselves without coercion. Its political priestly class, for example, is incredibly fond of gaudy vestments, their favorite fabric choices being white and Kente. Lay members choose more lively rituals or synchronized chants.

Can you explain what gaudy vestments leftists are wearing?   What are the rituals and chants?  
 

Can you say the same thing about a Trump rally?
 

 

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