Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nearer, Barack, to Thee

Benjamin Plotinsky has written an intriguing article at City Journal on the phenomenon of political religions, with emphasis on the most recent false prophet. A sample:
Religion has long been a powerful force in American politics, of course, for good and ill. The difference with the more traditional varieties of religion was the open acknowledgment that they were religious. The First Amendment promised that they could never become established churches; generations’ worth of jurisprudence closely regulated the way they could interact with government. And when a campaigning politician acknowledged forthrightly that he derived a policy from, say, his understanding of the Bible, his potential constituents understood that, however reasonable the policy might be, what underlay it was faith, not reason. The emerging liberal religions are very different: as emotionally captivating for some, at least for a time, as Christianity or Judaism, but untrammeled by any constitutional amendment; as grounded in faith, but pretending to dwell in the realms of reason and science.
(H/T: Ace).


TimT said...

That's a good article. I especially like the movie parallels. I suspect the Obama team had in mind a number of pop-culture parallels which they astutely worked during the election.

To be fair lefties often have a similar concern about the influence of evangelical Christian religions on positions of power, and seeing as everyone is corruptible it's worth bearing those concerns in mind.

Though to my mind the unconscious adoption of religious positions, and unconscious acting in religious ways, by those on the left is more concerning. There's an element of humility in conscious acknowledgment of a God and a religion; acting according to religious impulses and professing to be perfectly rational is more dangerous.

TimT said...

Thus spake Timuthustra. I must philosophise less on the internet, it makes me seem incredibly boring.

Well, more incredibly boring than I already am.

carpefraise said...

Paco, is this something American citizens would be happy about too?

Your high priest of socialism acts according the most egregious of faith principles - giving succour to terrorists:


FR Doc E9-2488
Presidential Documents
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
DOCID: fr04fe09-106
[[Page 6115]]
Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 of January 27, 2009

Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To Gaza
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the ``Act''), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.
You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

(Presidential Sig.)
Washington, January 27, 2009
[FR Doc. E9-2488
Filed 2-3-09; 8:45 am]
Billing code 4710-10-P

JeffS said...

No,carpefraise, it's not something to happy about. Obama is merely shoveling quarters down a rat hole filled with terrorists.