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  • Norman Young

Should Secular Gov't Show Christian Virtue?

Left-leaning politicians and pundits tend to be squeamish about the Bible. Whenever a right-wing opponent appeals to the Bible as a moral authority, their typical knee-jerk response is to yell "theocracy!" However, as a caravan of thousands of migrants approaches the southern border of the United States, we should expect to see a sudden resurgence of piety on the Left. Biblical commands aimed at Christian communities (share resources; have no borders; turn the other cheek, etc.) will suddenly be interpreted as policy recommendations for America's federal government.

Such piety is false, of course—and the faux-piety springs from the old Democratic Party playbook created by Saul Alinsky. According to Alinsky's "rules for radicals," successful progressives must "make the enemy live up to its own book of rules." For Reagan/Bush-era Republicans, that "book of rules" was the Bible. Using the Bible as a political weapon, Democrats successfully pressured Ronald Reagan into accepting amnesty and George W. Bush into lax enforcement of immigration law. In fact, George W. Bush's "compassionate conservatism" is best understood as the Republican establishment's wholesale submission to Alinsky pressure on nearly every issue other than foreign policy.