A comment on the left’s use of private denunciation to push conservatives and Christians to the margins

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Rod Dreher’s newest book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents, was reviewed by  Christianity Today writer Samuel D. James; we found several parts of his review interesting and noteworthy. We focus on a couple of points made in the review. James writes:

“From his travels and conversations, Dreher arrives at a dire diagnosis: The United States has already been willingly subjected to a “soft totalitarianism’ by the enemies of traditional religious and conservative ideas. ‘A progressive—and profoundly anti-Christian militancy, ‘writes Dreher, ‘is steadily overtaking society; one described by Pope Benedict XVI as a ‘worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies’ that pushes dissenters to society’s margins.’ 

From his travels and conversations, Dreher arrives at a dire diagnosis: The United States has already been willingly subjected to a ‘soft totalitarianism’ by the enemies of traditional religious and conservative ideas. ‘A progressive—and profoundly anti-Christian militancy,” writes Dreher, ‘is steadily overtaking society; one described by Pope Benedict XVI as a ‘worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies’ that pushes dissenters to society’s margins.’” [emphasis added]

We would add that pushing dissenters involves the left’s intentional use of shame, damnation, and private denunciation to force dissenters to society’s margins. As the Soviets and the Nazis found, private denunciation was one of the pleasures of totalitarianism.

Christians are impacted the most by the left’s hideous tactics. It is essential for all that believe in God to remain united as they fight off these attacks.

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