“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”
This was the launch phrase for my favorite recurring skit on Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
In most of its appearances, The Inquisition would intrude suddenly on unrelated sketches in which one character, expressing frustration with another, would announce “I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition!” Right on cue, the Inquisition would burst onto the scene as its leader proclaimed, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” This bold entry-line would be followed by other beauts, including, “Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms!”
This seemed to fit right in with what I and many others had come to associate with modern day American Liberalism, so it only seemed natural to tie it all together in a blog post. Since first writing on The Liberal Inquisition back in 2009, a lot has changed.
For one thing, The Liberal Inquisition isn’t just for liberals anymore.
The Liberal Inquisition becomes…The Secular Inquisition!
When it comes to suppressing dissent and deflecting coherent criticism, The Liberal Inquisition approach has become more and more appealing to secular conservatives, as well.
With the inevitable Orwellian contortions that naturally flow as a result of Romans 1 style judgments falling upon a people, we now see even self described “conservatives” who are openly and quite proudly Socialistic in practice. They don’t call it Socialism, of course. They call it “common sense” or “just the way the world works”. That way, they can still be “conservative”, right?
The vast majority of the biggest and most worshipped names on the secular Right are all about the preservation or “improvement” of State-controlled education, Social Security, and Medicare, to name but a few of the gigantic, culture-shaping, State-empowering items that have been yanked right out of the Communist Manifesto and plopped down into modern American Neo-Conservative orthodoxy.
And the vast majority of rank and file secular conservative types, many of whom claim to be Christians too, of course, freely and happily choose to ship their children to the State for “education” while complaining about the seemingly endless shift of the culture in a pro-Statist direction. Talk about a cycle of dependency…
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They have no intention of applying the Ten Commandments (especially the First, and thus most important) to our people and our republic…but they definitely want to have plaques, posters, and monuments of the Commandments in the State-controlled schools that they cherish and support at every turn. Gotta have those icons and props scattered around to “prove” we’re Christian, right?
This is what secular/professing-Christian “conservatism” has done for/to us.
With this Body Snatchers style co-option of most professing conservatives in mind, we shouldn’t be surprised that these folks are just as likely to employ their own version of The Liberal Inquisition in defense of their favored flavors of socialism. In this, they reveal their true, shared root with “those awful Liberals” that they love to rant about so much, that root being a shared dismissal of the Word of God as the starting point and final authority in every ream of God’s creation (which, yes, actually does include 2014 America).
The Fruits of Our Secular Inquisition Worldview
With this understood, it becomes much easier to see “how on earth it came to this in America”. Christ-dismissing conservatism and Christ-dismissing liberalism in America have worked together, albeit unknowingly in most cases, to bring about the current nightmare scenario unfolding around and upon us.
We’re realizing the Orwellian fruits of the Orwellian named “Patriot Act” in ways that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago. Our republic’s borders are being purposefully dissolved while the radical Islamic terrorist that we funded and fueled in the first place are used to justify perpetual war overseas and the perpetual surrender of liberty at home. Our abomination-based US Dollar system is on the verge of collapse…but not before dragging millions and millions more into State dependency. And to cap it all off, corporate America is starting to get hardcore about it’s new “Mark of the Beast” style approach to economically persecuting obedient Christians.
Of course, even daring to say any of this out loud proves that I am, way deep down inside, a racist. Or maybe unpatriotic. Or un-American. Or unloving or a troublemaker or whatever else one might label people like me in order to either: A) get us to shut up, or B) paint us in a bad light so that nobody will listen.
Even so, as the years go by and the evidence piles up, that approach by the secular Left and Right is working less often and less effectively. People are waking up. More specifically, actual Christians are beginning to have their eyes opened by the grace of the God whose Spirit lives within them.
But that doesn’t prevent the system-cherishing drones on the Left and Right from trying again and again…and again…
At this point, everybody expects the Liberal Inquisition from the programmed Left and the Blind Patriot Inquisition from the programmed Right. They are the two most prevalent forms of The Secular Inquisition in America.
Under this Inquisition, before one can even finish the thought preceding any pronouncement critical of anything Left, Right, “American” or “progressive”, they must resign themselves to the knowledge that, should they actually let their politically or patriotically incorrect words fly, they will be branded.
The Scarlet R (for racist, of course, or maybe Republican) or the Scarlet U (for un-American, unpatriotic, unkind, unloving, etc.) will be upon them.
Right now, literally tens of millions of “racist” “un-Americans” in America are getting more than a little wise to this game, which is a very good thing. But what happens when the enthusiasim for using Race and Patriotism cards is combined with the well-established secular hatred of biblically submissive and obedient Christianity?
Palin, Prejean, and Politically Correct Persecution
Just ask folks like Sarah Palin. Though she’s hardly a model of solid Christian worldview in action, her story is a good reference point for the way that those perceived as standing for anything resembling biblical Christianity are increasingly likely to be treated in modern day America.
“..even apart from its political implications, the rollout of the Sarah Palin vice presidential candidacy may be regarded decades from now as a nationally shared Rorschach test of enormous cultural significance.”
This was Jeffrey Bell’s observation as recorded in The Weekly Standard just seventeen days after Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was selected to become Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. He went on to describe what was rapidly becoming a perfect storm of political paranoia:
“From the instant of Palin’s designation on Friday, August 29, the American left went into a collective mass seizure from which it shows no sign of emerging. The left blogosphere and elite media have, for the moment, joined forces and become indistinguishable from each other, and from the supermarket tabloids, in their desire to find and use anything that will criminalize and/or humiliate Palin and her family…
“In her acceptance speech last Wednesday night, anyone could see the poise and skill that undoubtedly attracted McCain’s attention months ago, when few others were even aware that he was looking. But it was precisely the venom of the left’s assault that heightened the drama and made it a riveting television event. Palin benefited from her ability to project full awareness of the volume and relentlessness of the attacks without showing a scintilla of resentment or self-pity.
This is a rare talent, one shared by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For this quality to have even a chance to develop, there must be something real to serve as an emotional backdrop: disproportionate, crazy-seeming rage by one’s political enemies. Roosevelt was on his party’s national ticket five times and Reagan sought the presidency four times. Each became governor of what at the time was the nation’s most populous state. It took Roosevelt and Reagan decades of national prominence and pitched ideological combat to achieve the gift of enemies like these. Yet the American left awarded Sarah Palin this gift seemingly within a microsecond of her appearance on the national stage in Dayton, Ohio. Why?”
For the American Left, reasons for fear and loathing of Sarah Palin are legion; almost too numerous to list. But we’ll try anyway:
She is a woman (which would normally be a plus). She is a fiscal conservative (which offsets much of the aforementioned benefit of being female). She is a social conservative (this more than finishes off any remaining ‘female benefit’). She comes from humble roots and embraces a worldview that is at least identifiably Judeo-Christian. She is a generally happy wife and mother of five. Making matters worse on the last point, the youngest of her children, Trig, was prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome. The problem for the secular left wasn’t the diagnosis itself; it was that Mrs. Palin had subsequently allowed her son to live.
For this crime she could not be forgiven.
Little Trig became something of an unintended lightning rod as a result. The sweet little boy born to a loving, honorable Christian mother presented to the American left a clear and present threat to the very heart of its liberal orthodoxy…by simply living.
With their foundations shaken and insecurities exposed, ‘progressive’ women lashed out, leading the charge in a wild attempt to eviscerate Sarah Palin. Their seething hatred was proudly and forcefully displayed at every opportunity.
South Carolina Democrat Party chairwoman Carol Fowler pronounced that John McCain had chosen a running mate “whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.” The Washington Post’s Wendy Doniger observed that Palin’s “greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.” ‘Comedian’ Margaret Cho joined the crowd of merry, blissfully content feminists by chiming in with:
“They shouldn’t have the right to call themselves Christian, for they have no Christ-like attributes. I am a feminist and a Christian, and when I see Sarah Palin, I see neither. And it’s official: She is evil.”
Through this parade of insult and vilification, our nation was exposed to the full force and character of secular liberal womanhood. And it wasn’t pretty. Then again, secular feminism rarely is or wants to be.
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