Friday, July 11, 2014

Religion Causes Wars

... in this case, it's a war between progressives and the religion is secular liberalism.

All blacks are "true" blacks only if they're baptized, confirmed and actively worshiping in the Church of Social Justice Fascism. Deviate from this as an individual and you are excommunicated from the race. Deviate from this as an organization and it's time for a religious war.

The Koch brothers donated $25M to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Apostasy! The Koch brothers are conservatives and libertarians! The AFSCME, orthodox and faithful to the Church, marshaled its forces, preached salvation to those who would fight under its banners and attacked.
In a letter made public Thursday, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said it will no longer partner with or raise funds for the fund, known for its iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

AFSCME President Lee Saunders said the actions of the college fund’s president “are not only deeply hostile to the rights and dignity of public employees, but also a profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement.”
Roll that last sentence around on your tongue and savor it. The UNCF provides scholarships to blacks. The Koch brothers' money had the same value and would go to the same purpose as money from Nancy Pelosi. Young blacks going to college can spend a grant from the UNCF the same way no matter the original source of the cash. And yet, to the faithful, a young black going to college with this money is a betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement.

I've been steeped in Catholicism for decades and I've never experienced anything that esoteric and abstruse from the pulpit or the Catechism. Still, there's a certain theological charm to it and one can picture faith-crazed zealots nodding their heads and vowing vengeance on the heretics.

Taking money from the Koch brothers? If that's not a bugle call to the upright and virtuous, I don't know what is.

Here, the AFSCME does righteous battle with the UNCF. Note how the UNCF aren't really black.


tim eisele said...

So apparently the annual amount that AFSCME used to contribute to the UNCF was only about 0.2% of what the Koch brothers just gave. Which means that they will have to hold off giving to the UNCF for something in excess of 500 years before the amount lost from them would approach the amount UNCF just gained. So why do they think their threat has any meaning?

K T Cat said...

I wondered that same thing, but didn't bother to look it up. No doubt the AFSCME knew it themselves. That means the whole thing was the reenacting of a sacred ritual and had no substantial, concrete significance.

Trigger Warning said...

I wouldn't waste a lot of time pondering union cognition.

Back in the heyday of Usenet, an ardent member of the plumber's union in San Francisco bragged about the revenge his union took on a downtown developer. The union had lost in court, and to get even they "sabotaged" the plumbing in a building so cleverly that no one would EVAH suspect sabotage.

They would simply assume the plumbers were stupid.