Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Religious Left: Useful Idiots of Militant Secularists

Rick Hiebert, a religious lefty, blogs about religion in the public square. From Brian Lilley's blog, he takes a quote from Marci McDonald's book The Armageddon Factor:

On page 352 of her book the author chastises the Liberals and NDP for reaching out to religious voters who tilt the left politically. Specifically McDonald takes issue with Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff tapping long time MP and Evangelical, John McKay, to reach out to faith groups that used to vote for the Liberals but have left the party. The NDP’s decision to bring about a faith and justice caucus is wrong in McDonald’s eyes.

“Rather that creating a riposte to the religious right, they may simply have pre-empted their parties’ ability to critique the increasing Christianization of the public square. If so, they are helping to ensure that religion remains an irrevocable force in Canadian politics, regardless of whether Stephen Harper is tossed out of office.”

Rick comments:

I don’t think that people who fear the Christian right mean this. Surely, those who conduct politics in a Christlike and non-extremist way would be welcome.


McDonald can’t mean that any Christian wanting to be active in politics should be discouraged, can she? Surely she means only the extremist right? And they wouldn’t join the NDP or Liberals.

No, Rick, when militant secularists say they don't want religion in the public square, they truly mean ALL religion. It matters not whether you are left-wing or right-wing. At this point in the game, religious lefties are useful idiots and allowed to feel good about their contribution.

The moment they dissent from their secular fellow travellers, they will be thrown under the bus.