THE THEOLOGY OF LIBERALISM
Politics is getting murky these days, and some suggest Americans are substituting ideology for faith.
“How much is liberalism like a religion?” asks Tyler O’Neil, a conservative columnist for PJ Media. “There is a sort of orthodoxy required among liberals. Do you believe in climate change? What about the gender pay gap? Those who do not toe the line often find themselves exiled — not just from the fold, but from the conversation.”
He continues, “To some extent, these views are merely what we mean when we say the word “liberal” — they describe a political program roughly supported by one major party. But at some point, these views have become prescriptive; they have morphed into a moral structure to provide meaning and guidance in place of religion. When political beliefs start to explain why bad things happen to good people, they may be crystallizing into something closer to faith.”
Those who espouse liberal theology have little patience for those who don’t.
“The accusations are endless. If you don’t believe in liberal positions about climate change, the minimum wage or social justice programs, you must have been bought off — there simply is no other possible explanation. How could you hate the poor so much? How could you doubt established facts? How could you hate yourself?” Mr. O’Neil says.