This Utopian philosophical mainstay has been around for quite a while and had its modern roots in the “Social Gospel” espoused by the Episcopalian Church in the early 20th century. Other similar variant philosophies such as “Liberation Theology” have come out of religious ideologies taught by Roman Catholic clergy in Latin America which merged Marxism with theological teachings of Utopian objectives. The United Methodist Church has fully embraced “Social Justice” as one of its “Methods”, citing “It is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care.” (Even the Green Party movement has as one of its “four pillars”, social justice as a basic tenet.) I don’t recall Jesus Christ ever admonishing the government of Rome to provide social services to its subjects. He did however, admonish His followers to provide for the poor…of their own initiative, not by compulsory government intervention.
Post Millennialism is an extra-Biblical doctrine in Christendom which says that in order for Jesus to return to Earth, Mankind must cleanse the world of all the social evils that plague the planet. In other words, when we get it right, He will return. Human nature is, of course, antithetical to that objective in light of the fact that all humans are sinful creatures; thus the need for redemption from the curse of death, visa vi the Savior. Post-Millennialism is indeed an ingenious method to distract “Christian” religious organizations who have “left their first love” and become diverted from proclaiming the Gospel of Christ to a lost and sinful world. It is a theological seed-bed for “Social Gospel” which is strictly a works based religious theology. To quote Adrian Rogers, it is “religion working to make the world a better place to go to Hell from.”
The Social Gospel was the root of “Progressivism” in early 1900’s US politics, which became more Leftist each time it “reformed”. Included in that early movement were names like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, FDR.
Socialists of the same era included Upton Sinclair, founder of the ACLU and California candidate for governor who wrote,
“The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to “End Poverty in California” I got 879,000.”
Another noteworthy name in American Progressive/Socialist politics is Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and advocate of eugenics who was cited by Nazi’s at the Nuremberg Trials as foundational in developing their own programs of genocide and sterilization. Planned Parenthood annually awards recipients worthy of her memory. Recipients include names such as Jane Fonda, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Ted Turner.
Today, Progressives are a large part of both the Green and Democrat parties, while raw Socialists, Marxists, Anarchists, and Communists pretty much make up the remainder of the two. Just my opinion…(Heck, progressives are entrenched in the Republican Party as well. We call them “Moderates”.)
Today’s proponents of Social Justice are a mix of religious zealots, atheistic Leftist elites, and a smattering of environmentalist activists (most of these would qualify as religious zealots). It is an ideology which has infiltrated American institutions from the schoolhouse, to the mainstream churches, to the media.
“Social justice” is one of the core values of Fethullah Gulen’s “Turkish Movement”. The not so “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood also espouses social justice as a core value. Stands to reason as this is one of the key principles of Islam.
You see in Islam, just as in Socialism, Progressivism, and Communism, it is the government’s/ruler’s responsibility to redistribute resources from those who have, or produce them, to those who have not. As Marx put it, “From each according to his ability to each according to his need.”
Yes, “social justice” translates as “income and/or property redistribution”. Now you know why Muslim’s vote Democrat.
This serves to explain the “unholy” alliance that has been made between the Left and Islamic activists in the West, especially in Canada and the United States. The shared ideologies of “solidarity”, “social justice,” and a common desire to smother capitalism and a free and open society, have consolidated the opponents of traditional American values into a deadly and powerful force that has found refuge in the highest offices in the land.
Aside from the long list of administrative appointments that our current President has given in sensitive positions (such as Department of Homeland Security) to at least one self-styled Communist, at least 3 Muslim Brotherhood affiliates, at least one open proponent of Sharia Law, and at least one documented socialist, (Not an exhaustive list, mind you; just a cursory perusal of Administration Staff) a recent poll indicates an overwhelming approval of the Obama Presidency among America’s Islamic community.
Pew Research Center released its latest polling data showing vast differences between the average American citizen and Muslim’s (American) satisfaction with the President. Whereas in 2007, President Bush’s approval among U. S. Muslims was 15% and 69% disapproved, the 2011 data showed that only 14% disapproved of President Obama while an overwhelming 76% approved.
As Pew said in its own report, “Muslim-Americans clearly see a friend in Obama.” You can read the Wall Street online article titled, “A Muslim President, After All”. This is quite revealing in light of the Gallup approval rating for Obama at 42%, the lowest among Americans since he took office, with a disapproval rating of 50%. His approval rating among American blacks (I refuse to hyphenate Americans) has dropped in the last 5 months from 83% to 58%, 18 points lower than that of America’s Islamic community.
So how is that religions and political ideologies that are so antithetically opposed to one another, such as Islam and atheistic Communism (or Progressivism) can cooperate so fully in their political endeavors? These forces have been at bloody odds for generations.
The “End Game” for both is the same. There is an old (supposed) Arab proverb, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend“. This is a doctrine that has been implemented by military powers throughout history and has been used by most. The Western Alliance and Russia both used each other to defeat the Nazi’s in WW2. It is no strange tool to politics. In fact, it is nearly a prescribed strategy in politics.
The interesting thing about this modern scenario in America, is each ideological group believes they will come out in control in the end. The basic premise is use the others to my advantage until our common enemy is vanquished, then I can overpower the other interests. It is classic Saul Alinsky. The Leftist Elite are so arrogant, they believe they can “be nice” to Islam and help/use Islam to subvert the American system and culture, and afterward; when the objective is reached and America is “Fundamentally transformed” (as Mr. Obama so eloquently put it) then Islam will politely co-exist with the Socialists. Laughable…
Every good Islamist and those who know Islam understand that “co-existence” is not in the Quranic vocabulary. But the arrogance of the godless Humanists brings a strong delusion which renders the mind incapable of basic reasoning skills and the natural instinct of survival. The principle of Abrogation, taught by Muhammad and attested to in Quran, does not allow Islam to “co-exist” with any government, culture, or religion. It must, by its very nature, dominate.
Someone is going to be very disappointed in “the enemy of his enemy” after the objective is accomplished. There is no dhimmitude status afforded atheists. There is no tolerance for intellectual dissension. Only conversion or death.
Social Justice? To the Leftist Elite it’s a Utopian pipe dream. To Islam? It is prescribed by Sharia. One needs only examine those countries where Sharia is enforced to see what a Utopian lifestyle is available there. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia…
Social Justice indeed.
I guess it depends on who is “defining the narrative”…Keep in mind the Islamic narrative in the United States is currently being defined by CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.