Government As A Religion

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“If Satan should ever replace God he would find it necessary to assume the attributes of Divinity.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star

Mollie Hemingway:

Whenever and wherever evil occurs in the world, questions of “theodicy” arise among some religious adherents. Theodicy attempts to defend God’s goodness and omnipotence in light of the existence of evil. Why do bad things happen to good people, the question goes. (To which a Lutheran might reply, “Trick question! There are no good people!”) There are various schools of thought and debate, rekindled with every hurricane, tsunami, earthquake, act of terror and mass shooting.


One can feel helpless watching tragedy unfold on social media, and the desire to have someone to blame while struggling through that experience is understandable. Still, the quick and completely uninformed rush to politicize the tragedy struck some as ghoulish and juvenile.


But what if journalists — some of whom just yesterday were admitting they know “close to zero” Christians — don’t have a religious or even non-political vocabulary for use in such tragedies? Perhaps we politicize everything in part because we have lost any understanding of the world as fallen and out of our control. It would explain both the social mobs who police every utterance and the quick rush to find meaning in a corporation’s tragedy based on how many billions of dollars it has received in federal subsidies over the last few decades.

So instead of contemplating how fleeting and out of our control life can be, we instead begin with the question, “Why do bad things happen to good administrations?” (“Trick question!” the conservative or libertarian might respond. “There are no good administrations!”) The theodicy of federal government requires an explanation that defends the goodness of government control or subsidies into the given sphere. So just as some religious groups might blame a weather event on insufficient fealty to the relevant god, some progressives blame — before the National Transportation Safety Board has even shown up on site to investigate the cause of a crash — insufficient fealty, sacrifice and offerings to the relevant god of federal government.

Yes, it’s annoying how some progressives politicize everything. But if it’s understood as a sort of primitive religious reaction to confusion about holy government’s many failures, it at least helps explain why they do it.

Some people, at least, seem predisposed towards religious belief. We all witnessed the Cult of Obama a few years ago. It still has some adherents but the intensity of the movement has long since faded. But most lapsed Obots are still devoted Progressives who believe in salvation thru Government.

Religious beliefs are not necessarily well thought out or internally consistent. Neither are ideologies. Religion requires faith, not proof. If God doesn’t answer your prayers, maybe you weren’t praying hard enough. If bad things happen, God is punishing sinners.

Most Christian theology is based upon an eternal struggle between good and evil, with God representing the good and Satan representing evil. In the religion of Progressive Statism, Democrats are good and Republicans are evil.

That certainly explains a lot, doesn’t it?


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50 Responses to Government As A Religion

  1. votermom says:

    Theodicy – I’m gonna have to remember that. Great article.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Is the engineer using the Hillary Defense “I don’t recall…” ? Has worked for her 😉 Glad he let them do bloodwork and take his cell phone, should rule out those pesky intoxication and distraction rumors.

      • Erin says:

        Memory loss is a very common occurrence in collision/trauma injuries. I remember the doctor telling my father that his memory loss related to his car accident could easily be permanent. It’s over ten years from his near fatal car accident and he still can’t remember anything past leaving the Mall to after getting my other a birthday present and waking up in the intensive care unit 2 weeks later. He drove about 7 miles before the accident. It bothers him no end that he can’t remember what happened.

      • Dora says:

        I think the engineer is past the bad memory defense and on to something else. The last thing he was heard to say is “What difference – at this point – does it make”? That worked for Hillary too. At least so far.

    • Lulu says:

      They don’t take calls from the DNC that this is about Republicans hating trains? And yesterday I heard Juan Williams on Fox say that everybody that is anybody rides the DC to NYC train and it has deeply upset the media hacks that they could have been squished on that train. Oh Lordy! Spend more to make the media safe.

  2. lildoggy4u says:

    I always heard from Grandma that God has a plan. Maybe the gov’t does too, but if you knew it you’d freak out.

  3. elliesmom says:

    I missed out on the religion gene. Mom didn’t have one, either, so maybe it is hereditary. Dad did, but he didn’t preach it. He did say, “God helps those who help themselves” a lot. But when either good or bad things happened, Mom would say, “Sometimes things just happen. Sometimes people help them along. Sometimes they can’t do anything. That’s just life.” I read Mollie Hemingway regularly. I don’t always agree with her, but I always respect her train of thought and her ability to communicate. I think she may be on to something here.

    • Lulu says:

      My grandfather told me “Question everything, never let someone else tell you what to think’ and “It is all bullshit” This was after I got in trouble for arguing with a Sunday school teacher.

      • elliesmom says:

        I got kicked out of Sunday school at 12 when I pointed out if the flood killed off all but Noah’s family, it was no wonder after all that inbreeding people were idiots.

        • Lulu says:

          LOL. I was only 9 or 10 but I was arguing about why some people could sin (like the preacher who lied a lot) and others couldn’t. I was too young to understand the pecking order of Christianity. One teacher harped on pre-marital sex to 9 year olds. I came out of the class room into the sanctuary hall, saw my grandpa and asked LOUDLY “What is this sex they keep talking about”. He and his pals almost strangled trying not to laugh. But he told the teacher to knock it off and that she was TOO interested in sex and was she some kind of a pervert. Good times!

        • DeniseVB says:

          Having just learned about how babies were made (ewwww, gross…probably about 12 too), I questioned the Immaculate Conception and said that’s how I want to have my babies, only in a nice hospital not a stable. My Catechism teacher was speechless.

          • Lulu says:

            That is extremely logical for a 12 year old. And why you got in trouble. Many teachers (both academic and religious) don’t like questions. You must BELIEVE! Um, no.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          I stuck it out for a few years longer, then I discovered sex. The road to Hell is a lot more fun.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            The weird part is when I was trying to be good I felt guilty all the time, but when I started being bad I didn’t feel guilty at all.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Muslim students at Catholic University offended by the crosses in the classrooms……..

    You might just see this “clickbait” headline bopping around the righty blogs today. Here’s what it’s about:

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I have not clicked the link but I fail to understand why anyone who is not comfortable with well known and established teaching/beliefs/traditions decides to attend a religious institution. I was raised Catholic, went through 12 years of Catholic school and never would have gone to a religious college. I had done my time.

      I also worked in Jewish hospital which meant you had to remind people no Christmas trees, shamrocks, valentines, Easter bunnies, crosses, etc…. There were always some disappointed new staff members but no one was offended –because it was a Jewish institution.

      Tin foil hat says that they target trying to get everyone to bow down.

      • leslie says:

        “I fail to understand why anyone who is not comfortable with well known and established teaching/beliefs/traditions decides to attend a religious institution.”

        I completely agree. If you don’t want to eat vegan, don’t go to a vegan restaurant – or some such thing…

  5. Lulu says:

    There is also a strong psychological component that some people need to feel “good”. Whether it is from a religious belief that makes them feel superior or a non-religious value system that prizes being superior and right all the time I think it is psychological and has roots in feelings of inferiority in some way. It can be the lazy way to gain self esteem instead of really working on their issue whatever it may be. Anyway that is my observation over decades of seeing both kinds of self professed “good” people.

    • Lulu says:

      They are copying the “boarding schools” for bad rich kids. I know of one out in the boonies with a fence with razor wire on top. It is called something like Haversham ACADEMY. Landscaped, swimming pool, stables and razor wire.

  6. SHV says:

    “Public Boarding Schools?
    It’s probably good idea to give parents an option for their children to get away from negative peer pressure and bad environment at school. Isn’t going to happen though, Wilson Goode, first AA mayor of Phila. proposed this idea and was immediately shot down with the accusation that he wanted to destroy “the Community and Black Culture”. (BTW, Willie Goode was the mayor that authorized dropping C-4 bombs on the “MOVE” compound and the resulting fire burned down a few blocks of Phila.)

    • lildoggy4u says:

      Its so interesting that you pointed out Wilson Goode ordering the bomb drop on Move’s headquarters. I had googled the story yesterday and had read about the chain of events from San Francisco’s Bayview, National Black Newspaper. According to them it was racist Mayor Frank Rizzo who ordered that bombing after years of police brutality and they are comparing it to current events. Talk about revisionist history. Here’s the article

    • Myiq2xu says:

      Remember the horror stories about the Indian reservation boarding schools? They were accused of destroying Indian culture.

      This was way back when Native Americans were still Indians.

  7. Dora says:

    May 30th. Write it on your calendars. 🙂

    O’Malley, eyeing the presidency, plans May 30 announcement

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    Knowing either one of you could stroke out at any second adds spice to the making-whoopee.

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