On May 16, Matt Barber published a column on WND: “How Liberalism Violates All 10 Commandments.” In it, he has very clearly conflated “conservative” with “religious,” but let’s go through them just for kicks, shall we?
I’ll give you his conclusion, first:
In sum, liberalism is folly. It represents man’s futile attempt to disorder God’s natural order. It’s the unholy brainchild of God’s very first enemy, given by that enemy to God’s favored creation, us, with the sole purpose of destroying that creation.
That out of the way, let’s get going with #1
1. Thou Shalt Have No Gods Before Me.
At worst, liberalism denies the very existence of God in the forms of atheism and secularism, while, at best, it adopts that wonderfully “inclusive” blasphemy called religious pluralism. Pluralism presumes to give the false gods of false religions equal footing and denies Christ as He defined Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Liberal “Christianity” falls under this category. It’s pluralism with a Christian stamp.
Secular humanism, liberalism’s prevailing false religion, denies God altogether and crowns man as king over himself and the measure of all things. “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”
Barber’s claim of violation here only applies to those who are not religious. Now, it is generally true that those who identify themselves as “atheist” or “agnostic” tend to vote democrat, with 73% voting that way versus 18% for republican (according to this 2012 Pew poll). So, what Barber is claiming must also be true for many conservatives. I do happen to know several atheists who are conservative politically. I think many more would be if Republicans would just get out of bed with the Church.
2. Thou Shalt Not Make Graven Images.
We’re talking idolatry here. Liberalism is built on it. First, there’s literal idolatry (the worship of man-made idols, animals or inanimate objects) enjoyed by our New Age friends. And then there’s everything else: pantheistic environmentalism, the idols of “reproductive freedom,” “sexual liberation and equality,” etc.
Essentially, liberalism worships the created over the Creator. Liberalism also worships the sins of the flesh (see Commandments No. 1, 6 and 7).
This is again a pretty obvious pigeon-holing: Those who are environmentalists, or feminists, or not Puritans with Victorian-era ideas of sexuality, must also be liberal. But, that’s simply not the case. Next!
3. Thou Shalt Not Take the Lord’s Name in Vain.
To deny God is to take the Lord’s name in vain. To deny God as He defines Himself is to take the Lord’s name in vain. To misrepresent God, to call other gods God or to deny the deity of Christ is to take the Lord’s name in vain. Liberalism does this and much more. Many liberals also mock Christ, Christianity and Christians. They revile the exclusive nature of Jesus, His commands and His faithful followers. They hate truth.
Barber’s claim to this one is redundant with the first. I claim double-dipping. Or, “sloppy seconds” if you would continue the disgusting metaphor I set up with the title to this blog post.
I might also argue that it is liberals – generally speaking – who actually appreciate “truth” much more than religious conservatives. That’s because liberals tend to accept science more than conservatives. I know that’s a fairly blanket statement almost worthy of Matt Barber himself, but it is generally the case that, for the last decade or so (since Bush II?) that Republicans/conservatives have been much more prone to rejecting scientific findings based on ideology than science.
Now, if Matt meant “truth” as in “Truth,” then sure. That’s because unless you’re religious, you know there is no such thing as Truth.
4. Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath.
This one is a bit tricky as it is widely understood to fall under the Jewish ceremonial law, not the moral law – the old covenant, not the new. Christ Himself healed (worked) on the Sabbath. That said, many Christians still view Sunday as the Sabbath and do, indeed, keep it holy. Not all liberals (there are certainly liberal Jews), but liberalism at large denies the Sabbath any significance whatsoever, much less a holy significance.
I seriously call foul on this one. I want to see his numbers that support the idea that more conservatives don’t work, don’t do anything but rest and go to their religious institute on the Sabbath. Which of course requires that !(liberal) = conservative = Judeo-Christian because you have set the prerequisite that !(liberal) must believe in the Sabbath. I know plenty of Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists who are conservative.
5. Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother.
Liberalism seeks to supplant parents with “progressive” government. It diminishes parental rights and encourages children to rebel against the antiquated conventions held by mom and dad. It denies that children even need a mother and father and bristles at the “heteronormative” lack of “gender neutrality” inherent within the very words “mother and father.” The sin-centered, counter-biblical notion of “gay marriage” desecrates God’s design for true marriage and family and is intended to undermine these cornerstone institutions.
It’s Matt Barber, so of course The Big Bad Gay has to be worked in there.
6. Thou Shalt Not Kill.
Abortion, euthanasia, “pro-choice,” “reproductive rights,” “death with dignity.” Need I say more? Sacrosanct is the liberal rite of passage for a feminist mother to slaughter her own child in the womb. Fifty-five million dead babies later, liberals continue to worship at the pagan altar of “choice” (see Commandments No. 1 and 2).
“Capital punishment.” Need I say more? Conservatives aren’t any more or less “pro-life” than liberals, they just like to procrastinate.
7. Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.
This means all sexual immorality as identified in the scriptures, to include marital infidelity, fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, et al. Liberalism, it seems, embraces all perversions of God’s design for human sexuality. Central to liberalism is moral relativism. When it comes to sex, you can do no wrong because there is no wrong.
I think a lot of Christians would disagree with Matt Barber on this one, equating simple “adultery” with fornication, homosexuality, bestiality, incest, and everything else he doesn’t like. And I’d hazard to guess that the same number of conservatives as liberals commit adultery.
8. Thou Shalt Not Steal.
With class warfare as its fuel, liberalism embraces the redistributionist philosophies of Marx and Engels. Liberalism thrives on theft. Like some completely incompetent and inefficient Robin Hood, liberal government steals from the middle class to give to the poor, thereby ensuring liberal politicians remain in power.
As with #7, we’ve moved away from a literal reading of these Commandments into a, “I’m going to interpret these however the hell I want” (oops, did I just commit blasphemy?).
9. Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness.
I give you Saul Alinsky from his Rules for Radicals: “The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means.” As we’ve learned from Barack “you can keep your insurance” Obama, that includes lying. Liberals lie. That’s what they do. The ends justify the means. Bearing false witness about detractors of liberalism is par for the course.
Pot, meet the kettle. You want examples of conservatives lying? Just search this blog for pretty much anything Aaron Klein or Todd Starnes.
10. Thou Shalt Not Covet.
Again, liberalism uses man’s inherent covetousness as the driving force behind all liberal economic policies. Creating a political climate of economic envy and class warfare gives liberal government the cover needed to take wealth from those who produce and redistribute it to those who don’t. Not only does liberalism violate this commandment, liberalism commands its adherents to do the exact opposite. “Thou shalt covet.”
As Satan “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), so, too, does liberalism masquerade as good. It’s deceptively packaged in flowery euphemisms and feel-good sound bites that promise “equality,” “tolerance” and libertine notions of “social justice.”
Sloppy seconds again #5. Which is odd — I’d like to see anyone else somehow claim that the 5th commandment is equal to the 10th commandment.
And that, dear reader, is apparently how liberals (but not conservatives!) violate all 10 Commandments. He got 211 happy comments for his efforts.