(The Federalist) -- In case you haven’t noticed, progressivism has become more of a religion than a political philosophy. Like Lutherans or Muslims, when gathering together, progressives gleefully sing their liturgical chants. Like Catholics, they have their own version of heresy trials whereupon those declared guilty of false doctrine are deemed unwelcome to teach in their presence. And like devotees of all faiths, progressives fawn over their pious youth.
“These teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting are inspiring,” progressives tell us. “Look how they’re tirelessly serving the progressive god of gun control. Look at their courageous devotion as they rebuke powerful NRA puppets like Marco Rubio.”
In a recent article for the New Yorker, Rebecca Mead takes this fawning to hagiographic heights. She begins by casting Emma Gonzales as a modern-day Joan of Arc.
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“In its restraint, its symbolism, and its palpable emotion, González’s silence was a remarkable piece of political expression,” she writes. “Her appearance also offered an uncanny echo of one of the most indelible performances in the history of cinema: that of Renée Maria Falconetti, who starred in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s classic silent film from 1928, ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc.'”