Ellis Washington is a source of great amusement for me. Once a week he writes these completely incoherent screeds for the Worldnetdaily, dressing up his simpleminded hatred (and constant strawmanning) of liberals in pseudo-intellectual garb. His latest column is a textbook example as he rants against secular humanists. He begins by quoting this from humanist Corliss Lamont:
“There is no place in the Humanist worldview for either immortality or God in the valid meanings of those terms. Humanism contends that instead of the gods creating the cosmos, the cosmos, in the individualized form of human beings giving rein to their imagination, created the gods.”
And then says this:
It is intellectually impossible to understand the left and their perverse paradigm they have forced inside of every institution of American culture and society, law, politics and history, unless you view it through the lens of Hegelian dialectical materialism. For example, using the above quote the secular humanist (today’s Democrats) believes that God is a myth [thesis/problem] and that man created the gods [antithesis/reaction], therefore we [Democrats] are gods who can do whatever we please in the name of the common good – the U.S. Constitution, the Bible, the original intent of the framers, liberty, due process, morality be damned! [synthesis/solution]
This is standard-issue tribalism. He hates secular humanism and he hates Democrats, so they are just the same thing. The fact that less than 5% of Americans are secular humanists (in fact, I would bet that less than 5% of Americans could even define the term) while about 40% are Democrats might slow down a more reasonable person from casually equating the two, but Washington is not interested in such nuances. Every person he despises must be placed in the same tribe and they must all believe his strawman version of what they believe.
This malignant, narcissist worldview is evident in the person and political policies of President Barack Obama and the Democratic Socialist Party. The typical liberal, progressive or postmodernist scoffs at the metaphysical. They mock those people who follow a Judeo-Christian worldview as being myopic, stupid, anti-intellectual and dangerous.
I certainly do not believe that anyone who follows a religious worldview (forget “Judeo-Christian,” which is a nonsense term) is myopic, stupid, anti-intellectual or dangerous. But many of them certainly are at least some of those things. Ellis Washington, for example.
Although the term “secular humanist” wasn’t coined until the early 1850s, these people were philosophically the children that carried the anti-God ideas of the humanist Age of Enlightenment (1600-1800) into the 19th century. This anti-religious religion or evolution atheism staked its future by allying with any philosophy, demigod, leftist intellectual, newspaper editor, politician, judge or skeptic as long as they hated God, capitalism and Christianity.
People like Ellis Washington revel in these kinds of cartoonish caricatures of his opponents.
Like the Loyalists of the colonial period, secular humanists and today’s postmodernists all hated the historical fact that the colonists won the American Revolution (1775-83), thus characterizing America and American exceptionalism as illegitimate and oppressive.
Right. Like Thomas Paine, who was certainly one of the Enlightenment thinkers that Washington despises so much. More than anyone else, he was responsible for firing up the colonists to revolt against England. But no, he must have hated the historical fact that we won the American Revolution. After all, Ellis Washington says so. Same with Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, both major figures in Enlightenment thinking (and savaged as atheists by Ellis Washington’s ideological forebears.
And it just goes on and on like that. Nothing remotely coherent or tied to history.