Lefties typically hate most religions, although they mostly limit vocal criticism to Christianity. Their criticism is usually attached to one of four talking points: Christians are intolerant, Catholic priests molest altar boys, separation of church and state, and intellect and faith are inversely proportional.
Quick rebuttals of these four points follow. Toleration is not approval; lefties conflate these terms. More public teachers molest children than priests molest children in any given year (I’m not implying a “Who cares?” attitude, but rather pointing out that lefties don’t seem to give equal weight to the issue). Separation of church and state does not mean what lefties have successfully molded it to mean; the term never appears in the Declaration of Independence or the US Constitution, but rather in a personal correspondence of Thomas Jefferson. Finally, the list of religious geniuses throughout history is vast, including the venerable Bede, Francis Bacon, Paschal, George Washington Carver, Copernicus, and Gregor Mendel, just to name a tiny fraction.
The notion that faith and knowledge are mutually exclusive is an argument that has raged for decades and will continue to do so, and not one that I want to address here. The other day I was thinking about how lefties mock the faith of their opponents, yet demand that their faith trump science and knowledge in setting public policy. They pretend that their political positions are founded upon science and reason, when it is not. Regardless of the logic or legitimacy of their position, they still want others to to submit to the tenets of their faith.
Look at the colossal failures and false warnings of global warming, global cooling (from the 1970s doomsdayer crowd), over-population, Keyensian economics, the appeasement of various thugs throughout history (as opposed to standing firm), gun control, and centralized planning of the economy. These are all strategies and philosophies that have been tested, tried, and failed to achieve the promised goals. In fact, many cause the opposite effects and worsen the problems they set out to solve.
Lefties want us to ignore the evidence that their policies don’t work and to continue to promote them. They demand that we try harder and the next time we’ll certainly see positive results. They demand that we abandon what works and embrace what they believe can work. While closing their eyes to the simple truths, they bellow slogans that claim moral superiority rather than offer data that supports their positions. Do it “for the children,” “because it’s the right thing to do,” “for the environment,” and even (when it’s convenient) “what would Jesus do?” are all throw in the faces of their opposition in an attempt to shame, when persuasion and reason fail.
Sounds like religious nuts to me.