If society can mend, remake, and unmake men at its pleasure, its pleasure may, of course, be humane or homicidal. The difference is important. But, either way, rulers have become owners. –C.S Lewis 1958
In the course of the last 100 years, many ideologues have followed the voice of their “hearts” and tried to bring heaven to earth for humanity via their own efforts and through “reason.” Of course, the results have been disastrous with millions dead and the expansion of the State to vast proportions. Even in the West, we have witnessed the increase of the State as laws and regulations have blossomed since the 1960s starting with President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. At his speech at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964, President Johnson stated the following:
A … place to build the Great Society is in the classrooms of America. There your children’s lives will be shaped. Our society will not be great until every young mind is set free to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination. We are still far from that goal.
Since that speech over 50 years ago, the classrooms of America have become, not a place to scan the farthest reaches of thought and imagination, but rather a place where thoughts and values are dictated from educational bureaucrats and that only a certain block of opinions are to be accepted in the school. Students are bombarded with the most exotic of cultural prevarications. There are no fixed values except those that foster “progress.” The values of yesterday are cast aside as being reactionary, fuddy duddy and “out of step.”
In the main of society today, many who hold to values of the past and those who hold to Faith of Christianity are now under attack. Julius Streicher was the notorious Nazi rabble rouser who published the blatantly anti-Semitic tabloid Der Sturmer. In it, he cast the image of Jews and Catholics as being people that were sub-human and hindering the march of the progress of the thousand-year Reich. His opinions were so odious that even when it was found that he did not participate in the machinations of the Final Solution, he was still put on trial at Nuremberg for inciting the murder of Jews with the printed word and was hung in 1946.
Today, we see the same vein of thought from progressive people that look upon Christians as something less than human. I have been treated to a number of comments on my Facebook by so-called enlightened progressives who wish to see “haters” sterilized and also called those that engage in the dastardly act of discrimination sub-human. It is clear that the eternal values of Christianity pose a threat to their Utopian dreams of what they think the Great Society should be. Joseph Sobran commented on this threat when he stated:
Liberalism is really piecemeal socialism, and socialism always attacks three basic social institutions: religion, the family, and private property. Religion, because it offers a rival authority to the state; the family, because it means a rival loyalty to the state; and property, because it means material independence of the state.
Of course, we have not witnessed any sort of set up of sterilization facilities or labor camps for the troublemakers and those who would put a monkey wrench into “progress,” but such things can occur overnight and given the track record of humanity over the past century, I do not share the optimism of some who think that the progressives in LGBT or Black Lives Matter will keep their ideas on the theoretical level. They will try to carry progress along by putting on a happy face and sending people into re-education and telling them that they must confess their crime of bigotry. After all, they cannot let anything get in the way of their “happiness.”