By Caleb Casto
This is perhaps the biggest tenant of Progressive thought. In Progressive, or Liberal, ideology, everyone bears equal standing with each other regardless of race, gender, or creed. They refer to the Civil Rights movement as an example of their aim: to achieve equality of the citizens through social reform. However, there is a flaw in their idea of equality, for the Progressive’s idea of equality and tolerance is not universally extensive and does not apply to certain demographics.
Take for example the story of Jason Collins. Collins is an NBA athlete for the Washington Wizards, but that is not the reason why he has been garnering a large amount of media attention recently. Collins has gained notoriety for being the first active athlete to come out as gay. To the Progressive, this was a major step in the movement for gay rights. The media flocked to report this story. Collins even got a call of support from President Obama. According to ESPN, Collins has gotten “incredible support” ever since he came out of the closet. The Progressive world has labeled him as a hero for his desire to promote equality between homosexuals and heterosexuals.
Now, take a look at how the “promoters of equality” treat another demographic. Instead of this demographic being gays in the arena of sports, this demographic is comprised of, in the words of Progressive Michael Weinstein, “fundamentalist Christian monsters.” Weinstein is the head of a Progressive organization named the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. The purpose of the organization is, in his words, to “fight those monsters [Christians] who would tear down the Constitutionally-mandated wall separating church and state in the technologically most lethal entity ever created by humankind, the U.S. military.” Weinstein’s aim is to prevent Christians from sharing their beliefs in the military. He goes on to explain in his blog on the Huffington Post that the “incredibly well-funded gangs of fundamentalist Christian monsters…terrorize their fellow Americans by forcing their weaponized and twisted version of Christianity upon their helpless subordinates.” Weinstein’s campaign of silencing Christians in the military was evident when his organization lobbied the Pentagon to court martial those who seek to share their faith in Jesus Christ. Weinstein went as far as to say that those who share the gospel of Christ are “guilty of treason.” (For those curious, the Pentagon eventually released a statement declaring that members of the military were free to share their faith, but not force proselytization.)
Let me recap. According to the Progressive idea of “equality,” an athlete of the NBA is not only free to pronounce his sexual identity, but also he gets lauded for it by the mainstream media. However, if someone wants to share their faith in the military, they are to be branded as a traitor. This is the idea of “equality” that the Progressive movement propagates. Sadly, Weinstein is not some lone left-wing extremist who hates Christians. He embodies the Progressive’s disdain for Christianity.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a left-wing organization, also shares Weinstein’s anti-Christian sentiments. On their website is a list detailing hate groups in America. The list includes Neo-Nazis, the KKK, the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, and several holocaust denying groups. However, listed in the same list, are Conservative, Christian organizations such as the American Family Association and the Family Research Council, which are known for upholding fundamental Christian values but are considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be White Nationalist Christian groups. To the SPLC, groups which have a Christian identity are considered as one of the strangest white racists in America.
In conclusion, it is apparent that the Progressive idea of equality which it endorses does not extend to every demographic. If one wants to come out of the closet, the hand of “equality” is extended to them, but if one professes faith in Jesus Christ and holds to traditional conservative values, then that same hand is withdrawn, and the Christian is deemed as a bigoted monster. Michael Weinstein and the Southern Poverty Law Center are simply two examples of the Progressives’ contempt for Christianity. It follows that in the Progressive’s view of “equality,” Christians are not among the equal. As a Conservative and a Christian, I am disgusted by this bigotry masked by the word “equality.”
Caleb Casto is a Sophomore at Regent University studying American Government and Political Science. Follow him on Twitter @Caleb_Casto.