Part 4: The Motive
Social issues have garnered an incredible amount of attention over the last century. Such issues as women’s rights and racial and economic equality continue to occupy a significant portion of the conversation on campaign trails and remain the sole objectives of many grassroots activist organizations. But, the old progress is not enough; new fronts claim our attention. The edge is dull, and a new American has been, and is being, formed by the most cunning social engineers of all time. So long as there is not obvious, tangible evidence of damage done by one’s actions, this new American is unequivocally acceptive toward any, and all, lifestyles.
There is a discrepancy, however. While the cultural soil has, indeed, been cultivated to nourish a monstrous epoch of unopposed immorality, we have not achieved unequivocal and universal tolerance. There is a group against which discrimination continues to mount — those who, for religious principle, refuse to participate in the perversions of a degenerate world. Even as the LGBTQ community claims to fight for their freedom of expression, they decimate their opponents’ freedom of speech. Similarly, even as prayer is removed from the public schools, Christians and other religious students are losing their right of religious expression.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been discussing various instances of the eradication of God from the public square. We’ve seen real examples of prayer being removed from the public schools, and business owners being coerced into the decision either to publicly support homosexuality, or lose their businesses in their opposition. The question, “Why?” logically arises in such a discussion. After all, what could be so horrible about student-led prayer at football games, or the small business owner’s right not to provide certain services that would violate their religious beliefs? In light of these questions, the question, “Why?” becomes, “What is the motive behind these efforts?”
I have come to believe that, in addition to being a manifestation of spiritual conflict, the eradication of God from the public square is symptomatic of the rise of socialism, and is, actually, a key component of the advancement of communistic ideology. W. Cleon Skousen, a former FBI agent and political theorist, outlined forty-five communist goals in his 1958 book, The Naked Communist. The following are a few of the goals he outlined:
“Goal 17: Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism… Soften the curriculum. Get control of the teacher associations.”
“Goal 20, 21: Infiltrate the press. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.”
“Goal 24: Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.”
“Goal 25: Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography on books, magazines, motion, pictures, and TV.”
“Goal 26: Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
“Goal 27: Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible.”
“Goal 28: Eliminate prayer from the public schools on the grounds that it violates the principal of “separation of church and state.”
“Goal 40: Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.”
It is alarming to see how many of these things have come to fruition! From the Supreme Court’s ruling in Engel v. Vitale, to Obergedell v. Hodges, religious neutrality and immorality are being praised and favored. I believe that the censorship of religious views in the public square are a direct result of these goals. Far-left liberals have been accomplishing these goals by using the following rules, set forth in Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, which we can also see very clearly at work in America:
“5: ‘Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.’ There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.”
“9: ‘The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.’ Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist.”
“10: ‘The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.’ It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”
“13: ‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.’ Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.”
Again, the presence of such opprobrious action is frighteningly evident in our culture. The polarization of, and attack on, the Benham brothers, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and Phil Robertson epitomize the spirit of Alinsky’s rules.
Now is the time to do something! We must recognize the motive of unjust censorship, and respond with the love and truth of God’s word! There is a force at work that is much more imposing than mere political theory, and it must be engaged with something even more powerful.
Agenda: Grinding America Down
Rules for Radicals: