Belated Leftist Epiphany: Black Evangelical Christians Vote, Too
Maybe that war on Christianity wasn’t such a good idea. Who knew?
One of the many things that has long puzzled me about the leftist agenda is its long-standing, mulit-pronged attack on Judeo-Christianity. On the one hand, I understand that the left has a reason for wishing to undermine religion. After all, as assorted totalitarians, fascists, and communists well know, a populace permitted to believe in and publicly worship a power higher than government is anathema to totalitarian central control.
Challenging and wiping out all religious references makes perfect sense if your goal is the total subjugation of a people under the all-powerful arm of a government that claims it will provide for all of its citizens’ earthly needs. What has puzzled me is that much of the left’s base is Christian and/or Catholic. I’ve been waiting at least ten years for the left to grasp this simple fact.
Happily, the regressive left appears to be moving from head-patting, multicultural condescension of seeing its “other” base’s religious beliefs to a genuine acknowledgement that Christian beliefs should not be dismissed in toto.
Or at least not as overtly as has become the Democratic Party standard.
Remember when they voted to omit the word “God” from the Democratic Party platform?
This was quickly over-turned, of course, but it’s telling, revealing as it does the Democratic Party’s movement away for those Democrat voters who don’t yet get that this steaming socialist mess is not JFK’s Democratic Party.
Reagan and Trump Democrats were and are worried about the economy, about jobs, about taxes, about the ever-looming, ever-growing national debt. Democrats, however, have been focused on gender pronouns and bathroom laws, and they are only now noticing that much of its minority base is deeply Christian / Catholic.
For years, leftist ‘freedom from religion” organizations have sued, boycotted, and harassed white Christians for praying in public, for holding up signs with Bible verses at high school football games, for putting up a Christmas tree at an airport or shopping mall, and for “allowing” senior citizens to pray before their meals.
They have not, however, sued, boycotted, or harassed non-white Christians. Instead, leftists had an air of indulgence such as one might have for a slightly impaired toddler. “Aw, they can’t help that they believe in this pretty pretty magic; after all, they are not sophisticated and advanced white Westerners like us. Let’s all smile benignly on their quaint religious beliefs.”
::: Lefties pause to smile benignly on those misguided minorities who actually believe in God :::
This incredibly insulting bias and racism of soft expectations is, as always, lost on the left.
Instead of being vilified and relentlessly mocked, black winners of awards and scorers of touchdowns were “forgiven” for pointing toward—or even vocalizing gratitude to—God. These people, the left implicitly insists, can’t possibly rise above their primitive understanding of an all-powerful God to the epiphany that all power actually rests in central government. It’s so complex! How, lefties wonder, can we expect them to understand? “How quaint,” the regressive left collectively sighs. ” Aren’t these non-whites clinging to their religion the cutest things EVAH?!”
Meanwhile, Tim Tebow is condemned and relentlessly ridiculed for openly expressing his gratitude to God. The left who indulgently ignore far more serious rule- and law-breaking belittle and demean Tebow. Mocking his faith, harming his career. His gratitude to God is posited as a tool of oppression.
Until, that is, some skeptical political operative decided that Christianity is the new Native American.
Rebranding for 2020 begins: “Elizabeth Warren’s Christian faith is deep and authentic”
Having spent decades on a path that purposefully degrades and shames much of American’s Christian population, some segment of the regressive left has finally begun to understand that their catch-all demonization of evangelical Christians sweeps up a great many black “social justice” churches and parishioners. Each of whom the left relentlessly sees as “votes,” not as people . . . and never as fellow Americans.
Most readers here are aware of the statements and actions of the right-wing, Trump-loving evangelicals. They call themselves Christians, although their actions and attitudes bear little or no resemblance to the teachings of Jesus Christ in the many English versions of the Christian Bible.
But it’s important to remember that simply excoriating “evangelicals,” as if there is one unified group who classify themselves as such, is both wrong and counterproductive for those of us who embrace social justice. For Democrats to speak of people of faith with disdain or disgust is a self-defeating prophecy and belies our “big tent” umbrella. It also dismisses a large segment of our base who happen to be people of color and people of faith.
The Kos Kids seem to understand (at long last) that the radical left’s sneering ridicule and malignant condemnation of Christians, evangelical or not, might be one step too far. Frankly, this is a good thing. Will it prompt Democrats to view Americans as Americans? Nope. We’ll still be walking vaginas and voters in variously-tinged meat suits with ever-changing genitalia, but hey! the left might start saying “white evangelicals” to ensure that their hated target is crystal clear.
As I said, I’ve waited a decade for leftists to notice this most basic flaw in their war on Christianity. How long will it take for the regressive left to figure out that their extra-special Hispanic/Latino demographic is majority Catholic?
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“What has puzzled me is that much of the left’s base is Christian and/or Catholic.”
“…I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Revelation 2-9
Anyone can call themselves anything. Mohammedans tell us Islam is peace. Antifa claims to be anti-fascist. North Korea has Democratic as the first word in it’s title.
All of the proceeding pale in comparison to many who claim to be Christian today.
Jesus most vehement words were against hypocrites like the scribes and Pharisees, not sinners like murderers or adulterers, prostitutes or thieves.
Those who should be my brethren have joined the church of Laodicea. They listen to a pope who ignores the ten commandments. They believe in pro-choice. Homosexuality is not just accepted but celebrated and even put in positions of authority in the church. Ministers and pastors are baying for blood at a police officers trial. And so much more.
I am no better. As a Christian I ask my Lord and God to protect me from my own evil. “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Revelation 17-18
Someone once said ‘the mind is the Devils lawyer.’ Most of us prove this everyday.
the only people the left fears amd thus does not go after are I_Slamics /which is not a religion but a desert dwellers murder creed/
beheading is such a turnoff doncha tink ?
Theology and history play into the use of an old horror in warfare
“What has puzzled me is that much of the left’s base is Christian and/or Catholic.”
What I’ve wrestled with for more than 25* years: How can a believing Christian** vote for a Democrat? Ever? And then worse, to number him/her|self as a member of the Democrat Party?
Have these people ever read the Democrat Party platforms over the years? Or ever heard what their leaders say and think? Or seen how their leaders behave?
*It’s probably more than 25 years. The words of Ted Kennedy ruining the reputation of an extremely honorable legal scholar (Robert Bork) spilled out Fat Boy’s mouth in July, 1987. “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and [on and on].”
**For example, just try this one on for size: I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
I worked for a guy who is a rabid Democrat. We were friends prior (and after) so I ventured to talk politics with him. Once we got away from the knee-jerk reactions and discussed actual issues, he honestly had no moral or logical basis for any of the Democrat positions (standard flaw of the left). His comment to me, when he found himself defenseless was this:
“I was a Democrat before I was a Christian.”
Pretty telling comment. I think that for most of those on the left, that’s the priority. It seems that many on the right bend their politics to fit their faith, while many on the left bend their faith to fit their politics. Of all the people I know who have sat out an election cycle, I can think of only one who was a Democrat. All the others have been Republicans who just couldn’t overcome their misgivings about an issue or candidate.
Great commentary Fuzzy. My favorite is when leftists take a break from mocking religion to tell you how “real” christians should vote. “You know, Paul of Tarsus would have been for single payer, and St. Patrick was really an illegal immigrant etc etc…”
They probably acknowledge the moral principles of individual dignity (anti-Progressive diversity) and intrinsic value (anti-selective/one-child), and recognize the economic hazards that stem from minority controlled capital (i.e. monopoly formation or redistributive change), too. Also, the scalpel is the leading cause of elective abortion in their communities. Deplorable.
“Christian and/or Catholic”… As a Catholic, while I’m honored that you would refer to us twice in the same breath, you might want to uplift our Protestant brethren, who are Christians too. 🙂
Heh. The “and / or” was actually intended to be respectful of Catholics. We protestants typically say we’re “Christian” unless specifically asked to declare our denomination, but Catholics largely self-identify as Catholics (though, you are quite right in noting, Catholics are also Christians.).
This oblivious awakening by the left has led to the sudden uptick in the left’s lazy chastisement parade regarding supporting welfare or illegal immigration, and that opposition to any of these is the “not very Christian” thing to do.
So, those who abandoned religion for years are now suddenly experts in the application of its moral, guiding principles? Get ready for it, folks, the civil war of churches and religiosity will come and be split on party lines.
Man I love me some Fuzzy Slippers posts.
You really touched on something that has been nagging me for a while. Most “minorities” that I know and have met come across as relatively conservative and religious. I’ve always wondered how the left’s party keeps them voting in blocs.
I know it is mostly due to the perception that one party is working to give and the other just wants to take away.
I really think if it weren’t for the incompetence and corruption of the R party- that the veneer of compassion from the left is so paper thin- it would be so easy to expose their hypocrisy.
Alas, every current institution in this country’s culture supports the lie.
Agree…I think the Dem party has left them and the Repub party has left us.
The whole system just needs to be blown up and rebooted but that will never happen.
Thus we are left with identity politics. The lowest and most dangerous kind of all. The Left is going to have to struggle with all the new and made up identities soon enough. The Republicans? What a useless mob of dolts! They have yet to understand we are in a war for America and the Left intends to win by all means necessary.
A few years back, I saw a post where a Progressive seemingly truthfully retorted …
“It all about your getting yours and me getting mine”
I remember saying that’s not how it works, but after some reflection, I realized that is how it is done by both parties in DC.
Excellent editorial Fuzzy Slippers!
Yes, I’m wondering if the worm is turning, at least a tad. One of the very few television shows I watch is “American Ninja Warrior.” Watching amateurs complete a (sometimes) mind-boggling obstacle course is my idea of a good time. This past season, I’ve never seen so many mentions of G-d, prayer, Bible verses (some tattooed on contestants’ arms and legs) and gratitude toward Heaven.
There is even a “Papal Ninja” contestant, a seminarian/ex-gymnast from California. His priest friends and monks (all wearing their robes) along with his family and fellow parishioners attend to cheer him on.
HOWEVER, the Devil is still getting his due via the MSM. The show’s taped vignettes of each contestant in his “natural habitat” featured this young man doing handstands in the choir loft and the center aisle of his church. I found it sacrilegious.
A lot of people in this country are cafeteria Christians, a term used mostly in reference to Catholics, I know. The delivery of “free shit” as political patronage is more important than issues of faith and conscience.
Further, it is important to understand the racket that black preachers in America run: they are very well compensated in cash as influence and vote peddlers. The candidate’s bagman delivers the money in cash, and the preachers take most of it, then rent some vans and hire some drivers, and then pass around the “walking around money” to the street urchins to get them to take the ride to register and to vote for the Democrat.
One of my colleagues ran for office in a southern city with a substantial black population a number of years back when most were conservative Dems and few Repubs held office. He told me the funny stories of the negotiations that were outright bidding wars to buy the local NAACP officials and black preachers. He would not pay the price, but others apparently would, he was told he was “out,” and he predictably lost.
I believe that the proponents of the California proposition to define marriage for heterosexuals got smart and organized the black vote in that manner. The Dems were pissed that they did not control the black vote in that matter, but the courts had their backs anyway.
There is a reason that Dems pretend to be opposed to the mixture of politics and religion, unless it is a campaign season or a Democrat is about to go on trial before a jury. Then, they are falling all over themselves to speak in black churches, and they are delivering those bags of money.
Yes, well, Scripture makes clear you can’t serve both God and Mammon. Apparently, those NAACP minions and black pastors made their TRUE loyalties crystal-clear, and may yet be in for a nasty shock when they meet their Maker.
“Liberals” won’t be deterred: Their absolute HATRED of Christians has become overt and has, long since, reached the stage of “virtue signalling”.
You simply can no longer be accepted among them unless you regularly spew the most vicious slanders against Christians that you can possibly imagine.