Ellis Washington is a former staff editor of the Michigan Law Review and law clerk at the Rutherford Institute. He is a professor of Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, and Contracts at the National Paralegal College, a counselor at the American College of Education, and a founding board member of Salt and Light Global. Washington is a co-host of "Joshua's Trial," a radio show of Christian conservative thought. A graduate of JohnMore ↓Less ↑
Laurence Tribe, America’s leading liberal constitutional lawyer, argued in the Harvard Law Review in 1978 that religious views were inherently superstitious and hence less legitimate than “secular” ones.
~ Jonah Goldberg, “Liberal Fascism” (2007)
Last week I identified anti-Christian phenomena I called the Molech paradigm and demonstrated how this totalizing philosophy based on the ancient pagan idol Molech is used by utopian socialists and progressives to promote education atheism, infanticide, humanism and an anti-Christian worldview. Today I will expand my analysis to include cultural, political and legal considerations.
The Molech paradigm applies to contemporary culture, politics and law under Karl Marx who with Hegel and Lenin are the founding fathers of communism and state socialism – ideas that in the 20th century alone killed over 200 million people.
Marxism follows this syllogism:
Marx: Democracy is the road to socialism;
Lenin: Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism;
Marx: The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
Regardless of whether you realize it or not, you, your parents, your grandparents, your great grandparents and beyond were all born into a socialist revolution, a Kulturkampf, if you will (literally, “culture struggle”). Otto von Bismarck, prime minister of Prussia (a hero of Hitler and the Nazis) originated the welfare state in German policies from 1871 to 1878 and established a radical secularization policy as a pretext to destroy the influence of the Roman Catholic Church on society. These diabolical ideas and anti-intellectual values of state socialism started in Germany and spread throughout Europe, America and the world.
You must understand that contrary to what you’ve been taught in our fascist public schools, Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler were all men of the left, which is why liberals embrace their fascist ideas to this day and zealously seek to implement them into public policy by any means necessary – Obamacare, compulsory unionism, green fascism and regulation tyranny are just the beginning.
In America, the Kulturkampf was manifest as a war between traditional morality and avant-garde liberalism under the progressive administrations of Theodore Roosevelt (Square Deal), Woodrow Wilson (16th and 17th Amendments), FDR’s welfare state in the 1930s, LBJ’s Great Society in the 1960s and Obama’s welfare state, part 2.
Hitler’s narcissism animated his fanatical hatred of Christianity, which predated America’s own countercultural revolution by 30 years. For example, in Germany under Hitler and the Nazis, mandatory prayer in school was made illegal in 1935, and in 1938 Christmas carols and Nativity plays were forbidden. By 1941, Christian education for children 14 years and up had been outlawed, and Jacobinism (revolutionary liberal fascism) reigned supreme.
The Nazis early on systematically corrupted the youth by turning them against God, traditional morality and their parents, in part by memorizing propaganda songs like this:
We are the happy Hitler Youth; We have no need for Christian virtue;
For Adolf Hitler is our intercessor and our redeemer.
No priest, no evil one can keep us from feeling like Hitler’s children.
No Christ do we follow, but Horst Wessel! Away with incense and holy water pots.
Likewise, the American Kulturkampf of the 1960s did not originate with the Vietnam War, hippies, or existential civil rights for blacks, unions, feminists, homosexuals and the environment. Once power was secured, utopian socialists and progressives endeavored to erect their new political religion by corrupting the youth through eliminating prayer and Bible study in the public schools. As Jeremy Rabkin has argued, the school prayer decisions of the 1960s should be viewed as the beginning of the Supreme Court’s role as the crucial force of the American Kulturkampf.
The chief elements of the Molech paradigm are atheism and infanticide (abortion). The essential logic of the Supreme Court cases legalizing abortion hinges not on the “right to choose” but on the idea that religion and religiously informed morality have no place in public policy or in the marketplace of ideas. Remember Harvard professor Laurence Tribe’s credo that religious views were inherently superstitious and hence less legitimate than “secular” ones.
Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton, flowed from the 1965 case Griswold v. Connecticut, in which the Court invalidated a ban on birth control on the grounds that the right to privacy can be found in the emanation of a penumbra (obscure shadows) to the Constitution. More important than the ruling was the fact that the Court’s underlying inspiration originated from a belief that Christian-inspired laws are superstitious and therefore suspect and unlawful.
The noose around Christianity’s neck would tighten even more.
In Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), the Court invalidated state aid to Catholic parochial schools on the unconstitutional premise that it would divide the public along sectarian lines. Furthermore, the Court ruled, religious concerns “tend to confuse and obscure other issues of great urgency.” For 40 years, the infamous “Kurtzman test” has been a veritable iron curtain to keep Christian ideas separate from public policy. By the time the Court heard Roe v. Wade (1973) the die was cast; the justices had already concluded that traditional religious concerns can have little weight in legal opinions or public affairs.
The evil motives of utopian socialism are evident in Stone v. Graham (1980), where the Supreme Court held that Kentucky schools could not display the Ten Commandments on classroom walls because, “if the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments,” which, the Court said, is “not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause.”
Remember the German communist motto – First brown, then red. Hitler (brown nationalism) and Stalin (red internationalism) were two sides of the same coin: Both were totalitarian leftists, rabid anti-Semites, atheists and killed millions of people in the name of Social Darwinism and Machiavelli’s “the end justifies the means” – which are all evil ideas derivative of the Molech paradigm.