Liberal manifest destiny?
I just read Randall Parker’s aka ParaPundit’s blog post about liberal universalism (which he thinks should be called liberal manifest destiny).
I think the story isn’t complete without bringing up unitarian Christian universalism (and I use lowercase letters to distinguish this from any formal church that may have the same or similar name), which is the belief that all of the major religions of the world are inspired by God and therefore they are all good and one can get closer to God by following the beliefs of any religion.
Ghandi said, “I believe in the fundamental Truth of all great religions of the world. And I believe that if only we could, all of us, read the scriptures of the different Faiths from the stand-point of the followers of those faiths, we should find that they were at the bottom, all one and were all helpful to one another.”
The assumption of unitarian Christian universalism it that what might be called Christian values are at the core of all religions faiths.
The impression of many readers is no doubt agreement with how good this sounds. You should be wary of that impression, because unitarian Christian universalism is what the elites have been preaching. Don’t trust the propaganda!
The Mayan religion included human sacrifices. That’s clearly not a Christian value. The unitarian Chrstian universalist would say that the practitioners of human sacrifice simply didn’t understand the true meaning of their religion, which coincidentally happens to match Christian values. If only the read their scriptures more carefully!
The concept of universalism doesn’t seem to make much sense when applied to the Mayan religion. Maybe it also doesn’t make much sense when applied to Islam. Many non-Muslim Westerners who say that “Islam is a religion of peace” may genuinely believe it because they believe in unitarian Christian universalism, whether actively or merely subconsciously, and peace is a Christian value so therefore it must be a value in all other religions, and any practitioners of other religions who think differently simply don’t understand the true meaning of their religion.
My own theory on this is that ISIS has a pretty good handle on interpreting the original intent of Islamic scripture (the Koran and the hadiths), and that the original intent (I hesitate to call it the “true meaning”) has been whitewashed by the elites of Islamic countries because it doesn’t serve their interests. The interest of elites has traditionally been to use religion to get the non-elites to behave well and to believe that the current social structure (which always benefits the elites at the expensive of the non-elites) is ordained by higher supernatural powers and therefore they mustn’t rebel against it.
The paragraph above is generally considered to be racist by liberals and SJWs, even though Islam is a religion and not a race, but racism is the most evil concept understood by SJWs, and they believe it’s very evil to make the case that Christianity has, at its core, better values than Islam. Even though many liberals are atheists (but those who aren’t are universalists), they believe in the idea that all religions are good if only their followers understood the true meaning of their religion.
So how does this all relate back to liberal manifest destiny, the belief that values supported by liberals (which now include gay rights and fighting global warming as well as peace on Earth and other more traditional Christian values) can be exported to the entire world? The answer is that Muslims are going to reject those values because they have their own religion which has very different beliefs. The only way to get the people of Islamic countries to believe in better values is to convert them to some other religion or to atheism. And that’s something liberals will never do because it would be evil, almost like genocide. Thus liberal manifest destiny is doomed to fail.