Why is it that the more secular a culture becomes, the more progressive it becomes as well?
In most religions in the United States, progressivism, otherwise known as Leftism, is pervasive in the secular factions. As a Jew, I always find myself intrigued at the political leanings within my own community. Hillary Clinton won the Jewish vote over Donald Trump overwhelmingly, 70-25%. However, if the percentages in the Jewish community are broken down by faction, we can see an entirely different picture. In the Orthodox Jewish community, which is the most religious of the sects, Trump beat Clinton handily, 54-13%. A stark contrast was witnessed among Reform Jews, the least observant sect of Jewry, where Clinton won 78-10%.
But it is not just Judaism that presents this phenomenon. Religion, in general, tends to correlate with political affiliation. A Gallup poll conducted in 2014 supports this hypothesis — the more religious voters lean conservative, while non-religious and secular voters lean more liberal.
The clear question is, why? What do secularism and progressivism have to do with one another?
The answer is that the people factored in these polls actually are religious — religious devotees to progressivism.
Progressivism is, by definition, its own religion. As one leaves, or has not embraced, their original faith, whether it is Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism or any other, the void that was once, or has not been, filled by God cannot remain empty. Humans need a purpose in life, just as we need oxygen.
The worldview of the Left fills that space handily. Hence, a secular Leftist is not actually secular at all. That person’s original faith is just supplanted by another. Progressivism becomes the main value system of the person, even if they technically are a Jew or a Christian by birth.
It is for this reason that many of these people attempt to distort biblical verses and omit others to conform to the Leftist agenda. It is why secular Christians will cite Jesus’ morality as a reason for impeding man-made climate change, while dismissing abortion on demand. It is why you will see secular Jews siding with radical Palestinian activists over their peoples’ ancestral homeland of Israel in the name of “social justice,” and even have the tenacity to bastardize the Torah while championing illegal immigration. It is why the rabidly anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, has a home and an audience on the Left, while conservatives are banned from social media platforms for non-existent “hate-speech,” because blaspheming Leftism is an egregious affront to a false deity.
And, just like other religions throughout history, especially Judaism and Christianity, adherents to this toxic philosophy are also proud to die for the religion of progressivism. Martyrdom is a small price to pay as the sacrifice to its altar.
This is the logical conclusion to a civilization that leaves an all-benevolent and loving God behind and substitutes the all-powerful State instead. The void cannot remain empty. And if we want to save America and the West at large, we must realize this and address its danger before it is too late.