Stop Calling Politics Our New Religion

7/6/19
 
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from The New York Times,
7/4/19:

It’s offensive to both politics and religion. .

Looking for a new villain to account for the polarization and sheer meanness of our current politics? Instead of blaming deep divisions over race, misogyny, immigration, income inequality and the bellicose Twitter reign of President Trump, many have seized on secularism as a scapegoat for everything that keeps politically conscious and conscientious Americans awake at night.

The theory is that America’s post-2000 decline in churchgoing, especially among the young, has bred unhealthy political obsessions that offer rituals and a sense of community formerly provided by religion. The idea that “politics has become a religion,” as the columnist Michael Gerson put it in The Washington Post, is used tortuously to attack both Trumpism and progressivism.

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