Treat Christians like Nazis, says Harvard prof.
While arguing that Christians and other conservative have lost the “culture wars” in America, a professor at Harvard University insists that those with such religious and political views should be treated like Nazis for taking a biblical stance on today’s social issues.
Harvard Law Professor Mark Tushnet claimed in a recent blog post that Americans with a biblical worldview and others leaning toward the political Right have ended up on the wrong side of history and should be dealt with similar to the way Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germans were treated after losing World War II.
Offering a resolution or starting a problem?
The progressive professor suggested to his readers that there is still a question that begs an answer — one that ponders “how to deal with the losers” of the culture wars.
“My own judgment is that taking a hard line — ‘You lost, live with it’ — is better than trying to accommodate the losers,” Tushnet asserted, according to The Washington Times.
He then attempted to portray Christians and conservatives in his argument as standing in the same category as modern-day slave owners and racists during the civil war of the 1860s, opponents of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s — and even the German fascists carrying out Hitler’s extermination of the Jewish People throughout Europe during the 1930s and 1940s.
“Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War, nor after Brown,” contended Tushnet, who was referring to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling on racial segregation that was delivered by the Supreme Court of the United States. “And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945.”
Manipulating the system
According to Tushnet, liberals in America should aggressively move to take advantage of the current state of the judicial system of the U.S., which was offset to the Left after the recent passing of the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Because the void left by the biblically minded justice was not filled with another strong champion of conservative ideals, the Leftist scholar maintains that there would not be a considerable backlash in the nation’s highest court if legislators push for the passage of laws that punish conservatives who oppose today’s liberal agenda on social issues.
This rationale given to forward Leftist ideals in the courtroom is blamed by one conservative leader as being the reason why many controversial laws have recently been forced on a disagreeing American public — with minimal resistance.
“Liberals aggressively sought in the courts an unlimited abortion license, a redefinition of marriage, and now for transgender bathroom policies throughout the nation,” Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow Ryan T. Anderson explained.
Anderson goes on to point out that the far-Left-leaning agenda spreading through the judicial system goes against the very tenets of democracy upon which America was founded — taking the American public out of the decision-making process.
“Liberals haven’t been bashful to use the courts to reshape social policy when they couldn’t win at the polls,” he continued.
Lapse of reasoning?
Also addressed by Anderson was the analogy provided by Tushnet that put Christians in the same category with Nazis when it comes to handling today’s social issues — a comparison he maintains is ill-founded.
“Ah, yes, if the ‘losers’ of the American ‘culture wars’ are the functional equivalent of racists and Nazis, then Tushnet’s argument works wonderfully,” Anderson concluded. “But if Orthodox Jews, Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Latter-Day Saints, faithful Muslims, and other Americans who believe that marriage is the union of a man and woman are decent members of society, maybe Tushnet should reconsider his hostility.”
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