From the Spectator
Marxism has taken over Christianity
People are sick of the kumbaya religion.
Tyranny worldwide is being dressed up as ‘safety’ and ‘kindness’.
Australia cannot ignore reality any longer: an unhealthy relationship has formed between Marxist activism and the Christian church. Whether it be through the content of our school systems or the sermons of increasingly woke popes, it is the church that has allowed itself to be subdued by predatory politics.
These unlikely bedfellows are not a recent hookup. Christianity and collectivism have an entwined history – particularly in Europe. The West has endured Romantic Socialism, Christian Socialism, and Christian Communism; each liaison more dangerous than the last.
Smoke & Mirrors, all of the time:
These movements surrounded themselves with prominent religious figures who had been toying with collectivist ideas from at least the fourteen hundreds onward. They were drawn to the utopian ideals put forward by collectivist philosophers and dreamed of a life free of the poverty and death that pervaded Europe during those years of war, famine, and plague.
With congregations predominately drawn from the destitute, it is easy to understand the temptation these men felt. Collectivism had not been tried in living memory and its barbarous outcomes were not yet understood.
Though the French like to take credit for collectivism, their ‘mostly peaceful’ revolution was a formalisation of ideas tried and failed in ancient empires. The political system of a centralised state power, government-controlled economy, and a significant redistribution of wealth had been implemented in Sumeria four thousand years ago, Babylonia, Egypt, and even during the Roman period.
To no one’s surprise, they all resulted in ruination. In each case, the state – not the people – filled the power vacuum created when the wealthy veneer of society was dismantled. Legalising the murder and plunder of one identity group within society immediately led to the rape and pillage of the whole nation. These dangerous social experiments in collectivism were enacted by governments struggling to rein in a divided population, and those involved found themselves quickly overthrown. If the nation survived, the error was rarely re-attempted.
What is it about the modern philosophy of the West that has weakened our immune system to collectivism? We say that we want the people to hold power, yet with every day that passes, constitutions across the world have been eroded with tyranny dressed up as ‘safety’ and ‘kindness’.
It is only since the rise of monotheistic religions that we appear more willing to fall repeatedly in love with a murderous political idea, no matter how badly it hurts us.
Stripped back to fundamental principles, Christianity and collectivism share overarching concepts. This has left them circling each other over the centuries. The all-knowing, all-powerful father figure who keeps us safe. Salvation through service to the greater good. The need to be ‘saved’ by external forces. Communal assets and anti-materialistic living. Unquestionable doctrine that, if disobeyed, results in excommunication from the group. These are all parallels of thought that have made it easy for religious leaders to pick up collectivism and incorporate it into their teachings. While individuals may not always subscribe to both ideas at the same time (although many do), it does set up an environment for the easy or even ‘accidental’ conversion of a population.
Collectivism in all its forms, including modern Marxism, has blurred the line between politics, economics, and religion. It is often said that you must be an atheist to subscribe to Marxism, but not only is the world full of religious Marxists, you have to be sympathetic to cult-like systems in order to subscribe. Far from atheistic, Marxism contains elements of leader-worship, environmental mysticism, and the bastardisation of ‘science’ into some kind of pseudo-religious doctrine that cannot be questioned without being labelled a ‘denier’.
People who reject religion due to the Big Brother tendencies of its god, usually rebel against collectivist regimes for the same reason. Those who seek liberty rarely embrace a totalitarian setup, whether it be religious or political. This might explain why the strongest rebellion against modern Marxism and woke-culture is coming from secular conservatives in the media.
Australia’s streets are not a mess of political thuggery yet, but we are well on our way. Even private Anglican schools on the North Shore of Sydney – the heart of blue ribbon Christian conservatism – affix rainbow stickers to their Facebook profiles and march under the raised fist of Marxist rallies. As their children reach voting age, these seats will start to flip at election until Australia becomes a Christmas collage of red and green authoritarianism.
Children are being taught radical Marxist activism besides Christian charity. Their young minds are trained to think that support for collectivist ideas is a way of honouring their faith. This could not be clearer than in the Pope’s tweets which directly label United Nations environmental policy as a form of worship. This puts Catholics in a difficult position. Do they allow themselves to make up their own minds on the politics of the United Nations in defiance of the head of the Church?
The problem goes deeper. Churches have found themselves in crisis since the rise of identity politics. Marxists spend their time digging up the sins of the past – in particular, those related to the church. With every piece of bad press, the Marxists recruit followers while the church bleeds them. In a behaviour particularly visible in the United States, churches have begun publicly repenting for the mistakes, using historic tragedy to make themselves advocates for Marxist race politics. These declarations must be public, which is why their billboards light up with trending hashtags.
Reverend Brenda Salter McNeil said in an interview that she found inspiration in Bible scenes that cast Jesus as a radical – a man of colour who pointed out economic injustice by flipping tables in the temple. She said that “Christ sought to upend corrupt social hierarchies, not to reinforce them or to look the other way.”
Many in the church would disagree with her reading, but this is the kind of rhetoric in widespread use in some of the largest churches. It is the argument that Jesus was a socialist (or a communist) and therefore, the church should be as well. This is how the two seemingly opposed ideologies have became joined in the chaos of the human mind.
It is almost certain that adopting Marxism was a business move for most churches, but what about the parishioners?
Are Christians being hoodwinked into Marxist causes via their appeal to ‘morality’? Virtue signalling does seem to prey on the church’s desire to align itself with popular social movements. ‘Being charitable’ brushes awfully close to ‘being kind’ – a phrase employed by Marxists carrying Molotov cocktails on their way to a riot.
Racial quotas are one such idea marketed as penance for past wrongs. In America, where churches were segregated, the issue of race has become the prevailing Marxist entry into the church – setting black churches against white churches. Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Vatican do not share this history and so climate change appears to be the main focus.
The problem of ‘Marxist-creep’ can be seen through its prominence inside mega churches where racial justice has become the driving force. It is much easier to adopt a sense of racial guilt if the congregation already believes in original sin. They are conditioned to accept the blame for the sins of the collective and that is ruthlessly exploited by grifting activists who sell book deals with one hand and lap up social media fame on the other.
Those who support collective racial guilt hark back to the lost era of the ‘white saviour’. The desire to ‘civilise themselves’ has led them to adopt the lie that skin colour divides people into victims and oppressors. It is in this way that the church’s mission to right the original sin of race has been used by Marxists to split society and set them against each other in a racial conflict. In order to sell the lie of division, you need enough people to believe in it – and this is how it’s done.
People like to be rewarded for doing good, even the religious. The social credits given out for those who publicly endorse Marxist movements has created an intoxicating mixture of peer adoration and social media endorsement. In other words, churches get to be part of the ‘in’ crowd. This is even more tempting for the young church goer who is looking for a remedy to the mockery and social discrimination suffered at the hands of their secular peers. Marxist causes have allowed the youth to unite – they just don’t realise that the union is for the benefit of power-hungry adults.
It doesn’t take the Spanish Inquisition to see that torment will follow if churches choose to fill their seats with young Marxists.
There can only be one ‘god’ and eventually a dictatorial Marxist leader will demand that it be him. Like Xi Jinping who forces school children to sing songs in praise of him and read his commandments, Churches will find their power erased entirely when the new generation is asked to choose between the State and the cross.
The joining of Marxism and the church is an absurdity to watch.
Let’s be honest. Science and the Catholic Church do not have an easy history, but one would imagine that they would fall down on the same side when it comes to the definition of biological gender. Yet here we are, in 2021, with many Catholic institutions and figures aligning themselves with the teaching that there is no such thing as biological gender.
One Nation senator Mark Latham has made the point that there is little to no resistance from religious schools when it comes to the inclusion of Marxist causes whether it by gender fluidity, climate strikes, or critical race theory. Do not bother looking for help from the teachers. They are a union prone to strikes and we know that if they wished to protest either the church’s directives or the state curriculum – they could – but we have not seen a single protest against Marxism. Far from being carried along against their will, they are its enablers.
We are edging towards a situation where the state has raised our children with legal authority over the wishes of parents.
It is a power that stretches from life-threatening physical changes to a child’s sexual organs all the way to the micro-managing of school lunchboxes. This iron fist of state oversight for the ‘greater good’ is happening at the same time that the state has turned a blind eye to the serious abuse of Indigenous children by their own families. In order to avoid a conflict within the lies of race politics, the virtuous state has allowed children in remote communities to go without an education. The State has facilitated serious abuse by refusing to police the criminal behaviour of parents, all so that it can preserve its social justice narrative.
I make this point to demonstrate that the state’s excuse for interfering in children’s lives is not genuine. If the state cared about children, it would focus on those who are suffering the most. Instead, it is clear that the state cares about upholding the tenants of radical Marxism. This means glorifying Indigenous communities while demonising the system handed down to us by the United Kingdom. In this political scenario, it suits the Marxists to create a new generation of genuine Indigenous victims while raising a brainwashed congregation of children in the cities. These are the ingredients required for a divided Australia and future class conflict.
It is no accident that the Marxist movement Black Lives Matter selected Martin Luther King Jr as their figurehead. He was a Christian socialist, and just as keen to tear apart your businesses as the teenagers out raiding Nike stores. It makes no difference if their anti-capitalist message is preached violently or peacefully – the result is the slavery of the masses to the all-powerful state.
As McNeil latter added, “Black Lives Matter has forced the church to move beyond an easy rhetoric of ‘togetherness’. People are sick of the kumbaya party.”
What does ‘beyond togetherness’ look like? Well, if the last few years are anything to go by, it will be revenge against the innocent for sins they did not commit.
Alexandra Marshall is an independent writer. If you would like to support her work, shout her a coffee over at Ko-Fi.