Just in time for Passover and Easter, an Orthodox Jew makes the point that for too many on the Left, their leftism has either taken over and neutered their faith or has become a “secular faith” of its own:
Leftism, though secular, must be understood as a religion (which is why I have begun capitalizing it). The Leftist value system’s hold on its adherents is as strong as the hold Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have on theirs. Nancy Pelosi’s belief in expanding the government’s role in American life, which inspired her passion for the health-care bill, is as strong as a pro-life Christian’s belief in the sanctity of the life of the unborn.
Given the religious nature and the emotional power of Leftist values, Jews and Christians on the Left often derive their values from the Left more than from their religion.
Now, most Leftist Jews and Christians will counter that Leftist values cannot trump their religion’s values because Leftist values are identical to their religion’s. But this argument only reinforces my argument that Leftism has conquered the Christianity and the Judaism of Leftist Christians and Jews. If there is no difference between Leftist moral values and those of Judaism or Christianity, then Christianity is little more than Leftism with “Jesus” rhetoric and Judaism is Leftism with Jewish terms — such as “Tikkun Olam” (“repairing the world”) and “Prophetic values.”
As I stated to a friend during a conversation about this issue last week, the “social justice” Leftists have stolen Christian terminology and defined it with a completely different dictionary. In so doing, they have duped a number of well-meaning believers into accepting ideas totally foreign to the Bible itself.
I know that there are those who will object strenuously to this characterization, but as my boss in the insurance business is fond of saying: “results don’t lie, people do!”