I would normally not have published this post until next Tuesday. However, the recent events in Paris make it of particular relevance.
The Case for Purposeful Irrationality
I believe that a compelling objective case for the United States as a tolerant, even welcoming nation to minority religions, including Muslims, has been made in this series of posts. However, this result is in direct contradiction to the Presbytery of Chicago’s Interfaith Solidarity Network (ISN) position, which follows.
… provide support to the religious communities in the Chicago area if they are threatened, made fearful or hurt by expressions of hate. Responses may be in the form of written letters, press releases/conferences, or public response (demonstration or counter-demonstration.)
The fact that the ISN charter is written in this manner suggests that the United States is so saturated by inter-religious hatred by the majority population that they must regularly and aggressively counter this clear and present danger. If I’ve convinced you that this conclusion is false, then the key remaining question is why the ISN choses to pursue an irrational policy. As I asked in Part 4, “Is this simple irrationality, or is it irrationality with a definite purpose?”
I believe that it is irrationality with a definite purpose. As I said in a recent post, that purpose is the destruction of our civilizational confidence. However, we need to go back a couple of steps in order to understand what’s going on.
The people behind this movement are true believers in multiculturalism. It’s easy to find numerous PCUSA organizations that trumpet adherence to this ideology (e.g., here, here, and here). It’s important to note that many of the goals and actions of these groups are laudatory. Christianity is indeed a faith that values all of humanity, it invites all individuals from all cultures to find salvation in Jesus Christ. It indeed does integrate all people and cultures into Christ’s Body, the Church. But this truth is used by the radical elites to obscure goals and actions that have nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and everything to do with the advancement of a narcissistic, destructive ideology.
That ideology is the radical multiculturalism described in this series’ first post. In order to understand ISN’s actions we need to first realize that, to these people, ideology comes before objective facts. In fact, if there appears to be a discrepancy between their ideological beliefs and the existing objective facts, it is the facts that must be wrong. Thus, when confronted with the cognitive dissonance from (a) their belief that the United States is saturated by inter-religious hatred and (b) persistent low levels of hate crimes, and, high levels of welcoming behavior, they react with angry assaults against the objective facts.
Thus, the motive for their hateful attitudes towards Morton Grove and Lombard in particular, and, Western Civilization in general, is that they are deviating from the ideological “reality” that “must be true.” And, to these narcissistic people, the worst sin possible is to threaten their sense of intellectual, moral and spiritual superority. Therefore, they consider themselves to be operating on the highest possible moral plane when they slander whole communities. For, they are simply telling the “deeper truth” derived from their ideology and feelings.
That “deeper truth” is that all cultures are equal, except for Western Civilization, which is the source of all that is wrong in the world. So, these narcissistic elite Christians have a powerful need to attack and destroy the West’s civilizational confidence.
Margot Wallstrom is the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (Social Democratic Party). She has also served as Commissioner for the Environment at the European Union and at the UN. She is a typical left-of-center European politician. And yet as reported by The Spectator, she recently said the following non-typical thing for such a person.
A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign minister, denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia. As the theocratic kingdom prevents women from travelling, conducting official business or marrying without the permission of male guardians, and as girls can be forced into child marriages where they are effectively raped by old men, she was telling no more than the truth. Wallström went on to condemn the Saudi courts for ordering that Raif Badawi receive ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a website that championed secularism and free speech. These were ‘mediaeval methods’, she said, and a ‘cruel attempt to silence modern forms of expression’. And once again, who can argue with that?
And, how did the Saudis and Arab world respond? By throwing Europe’s suicidal multiculturalist ideology right back into their faces (also from The Spectator, emphasis added).
Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador and stopped issuing visas to Swedish businessmen. The United Arab Emirates joined it. The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, which represents 56 Muslim-majority states, accused Sweden of failing to respect the world’s ‘rich and varied ethical standards’ — standards so rich and varied, apparently, they include the flogging of bloggers and encouragement of paedophiles.
Wallstrom has not received support from the Swedish or EU political establishment. Although the thought surely has never entered her mind, she shouldn’t expect any support from the PCUSA elite either. For they have decided that the West’s enlightened views on women must be subjugated to multiculturalist ideology. The following quote is from a 219th (2010) General Assembly approved report “Toward an Understanding of Christian-Muslim Relations.”
Christian women may also need to listen with particular care and to consider the need to accommodate different standards and mores when engaging with women and others in the Muslim community.
Thus, the multiculturalist PCUSA elite are working to make sure that no mother or father in Morton Grove, Lombard or anywhere else in the United States has the civilizational confidence to preserve for their daughters the blessings of equality achieved in Western Civilization.
This is just one issue among many. I could have written similarly about gay rights, religious rights, free speech, etcetera. So, make no mistake, if you ever align yourself with this group’s actions or rhetoric, you are participating in their purposeful destruction of Western Civilization.