(please forward to any Canadian who has a vote that you think would not be offended)
Why churches fail in progressive societies:
A child can grow up in a religious home today and discover that there are really only two players that matter: himself and big government. The only mediator and advocate is his entitlement card.
As he loses all interest in traditional spiritual life, he discovers the true faith of the progressive society:
Government controls more and more important stuff, and free association controls less and less. Government grants “freedom” to indulge oneself, of course, but that is almost a sacrament, and one that tends to weaken the citizen.
The transformation does not happen all at once, but by degrees. Recently, I was informed by a woman who considers herself a Catholic that abortion and euthanasia are mere “boutique issues,” compared to the awful things [prime minister] Stephen Harper is doing.
Just take in her basic idea for a moment:
The fundamental duty of government is to protect and advance human lives, but progressives know that their real business is currying favour with the growing numbers of fashionable identity groups. Increasingly, such groups will finance their advances on the public dollar. Some of the largesse may come from stripping traditional religious people and institutions of their property (possibly also in fines for non-compliancewith some secularist belief). Most people we run into in the plaza will just be “nice” about the whole thing, no matter what is happening.
People will die but progressives will, um, progress.