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ICYMI: Rubio: Against Progressive Pseudo-religion

Feb 6, 2024 | Press Releases

Against Progressive Pseudo-religion

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

February 6, 2024


…Scholars of religion used to think religious decline would correspond to a rise in the population of “nones”….. But it seems more accurate to say that Americans are exchanging one set of beliefs for another––religion for political ideology….

First came the cult of “intersectionality”…. Then came the viral spread of rituals of wokeness and Pride…. Today, we have [politically progressive] “spiritual collectives.” Modern progressivism’s transformation from academic theory to popular pseudo-religion is complete.

Leftists may hope for their belief systems to replace true religion…. But the progressive left is a far cry from genuine faith. Like the totalizing ideologies of the 20th century, modern progressivism plays on people’s spiritual needs and desires for material ends…. This makes political activism a moral necessity, and it encourages extremism….

Faith couldn’t be more different. The great religions of the world teach that ultimate happiness comes from being grounded in eternal truths…. And they teach us to trust in a plan that transcends the here and now, delivering us from the all-consuming urgency of politics….

In a society plagued by polarization, loneliness, depression, and anxiety, religion is a salve, and wokeness is a poison. Don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the countless social scientists whose research documents the social and psychological benefits of faith—and the detriments of political fanaticism….

America needs traditional religion, not the religion of wokeness…. God help us if, when the dust settles, all the United States is left with is an “In This House” yard sign and a communal John Lennon-singalong.

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