This is not the most enlightening article, the ending thoughts about multiple true truths and so forth is complete post-modern liberal bullshit, but in some ways I sympathize with the author’s aggravation with his religion being associated with proto-fascist politics. Still, it is no wonder that such Liberals so often lose ground in the religious realm, when they refuse to take a moral high ground. In the end, I suppose that even I might prefer a little Fr. Mussolini to some wishy-washy Fr. Identity-Politic.
Last Sunday, we made the trip to a Greek parish. This happened to be on Greek Independence Day. The priest sent around an offering basket for the Archdiocese’s work in helping the Greek people. One of the announced purposes that the money would be put to use for was to lobby the Greek government to do more for the poor. I almost had to get my hearing checked. It was in stark contrast to a recent circulating anecdote relating “do not feed the animals” policies and food stamps.
If there was one thing I liked about the article it was the thoughts on issues like this. When the proto-fascists and libertarians act as though theirs is the true faithful faith, in keeping with the Fathers, and so forth, yet make remarks comparing the poor to animals. How is that in keeping with the Fathers and being mindful of the image of Christ? “I fed you not, so that you might learn to feed yourself… Get a job, hippie!” We shall see how that works out for them.
In some ways it is strange how the ultra-right minority has come to dominate the “image” of Christianity in public discourse, along with the idea that the farther right one goes, the more faithful or orthodox one is.
Back in my college years I was taking an American History course. The professor spent a large amount of time on the Progressive Era. During one of these lectures, a student asked about the role of Christians and churches at the time, obviously expecting to hear tales mirroring today’s reactionaries (and this was pre-9/11). The professor then went on at some length about the important role many churches played in leading or assisting Progressive movements.
This isn’t to say that churches use to be largely on the left, but are now being dominated by the right. In general, when a church, or Church, becomes cozy with the elite it becomes a reactionary force. But it was not that, in public discourse, being a faithful Christian who takes the moral high ground decisively meant one was of the far-right.