It was a pretty widely used trope to invoke idolatry to criticize the support for the Obama Presidency, especially early on. So it’s not a surprise to see it come back for critique of opposition to Trump, except in this case, invoking the fall of what the believers took to be the true religion. Enter David French for some gloating:
I’m beginning to get a sense of what it was like to be alive in ancient times when a marauding warlord melted down your village’s golden calf. Weeping. Gnashing of teeth. Rending of garments. Wearing of vagina hats. Their god failed to protect the village, and now he’s a bracelet on the warlord’s wrist. It’s pathetic, really, the emotional reaction to Donald Trump’s victory, but the intensity of the emotion is nothing new. Remember the ecstasy when Barack Obama won?
So, the point is supposed to be that Obama-style liberalism was a kind of false religion — a golden calf, of sorts. Now that it’s not only fallen, but is destroyed by another, the old true believers are in shock, despair. And French takes it that it’s because these true-believers just have got the wrong religion.
This is post-Christian politics to its core. This is the politics one gets when this world is our only home, and no one is in charge but us. There is no sense of proportion.
The funny thing about analogies is that they are supposed to not be identities. But French just went from saying that liberalism is like a false religion that’s fallen to just saying it is a false religion that’s fallen. Doesn’t that change the point? And, hey, don’t conservative Christians get angry when their religion’s not the law of the land, too? Of course, one’s sense of proportion is indexed to the religion (or set of values) one thinks is true – of course you think that others have no sense of proportion when they mourn things you think are worthless or vicious.
Unsurprisingly, there has been some talk recently about whether to ban certain types of firearms. This produced the following comment from a former president of the National Rifle Association:
“And they even admit this is about banning the ugliest guns, it’s about cosmetics and it has nothing to do about how a firearm works,” host Ginny Simone said toward the end of the segment.
“Well, you know, banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago,” Hammer responded. “But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”
Rick Warren, MEGACHURCH Christian minister, has a lot of gay friends. You can tell this by the respect for them oozing from his well-considered words. In an interview with Piers Morgan of CNN, he had the following to say about the naturalness of homsexuality.
WARREN: Here’s what we know about life. I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. Sometimes I get angry and I feel like punching a guy in the nose. It doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural.
The iron manners among you will want to say that he is merely claiming that just because something is natural does not make it right. And indeed in the very abstract such a point is a reasonable one.
But this is actually not an abstract point. Because the issue on the table nowadays is that Homosexuality is a natural form social interaction among humans and many other animals. The evidence is that people and other animals lead purpose-driven, fulfilling lives as homosexuals.
Warren rejects that, however. For him, homosexual behavior–i.e., sex–is morally wrong (because, he states elsewhere, the Bible says so).
So indeed, homosexual behavior is natural (though he says earlier in the interview that the jury is still out on this–he studies these things apparently), but it's natural like arsenic, the poison that will kill you, is natural. Or worse, it's natural like his urges to violent reprisal.