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After throwing out orthodoxy, leftists MUST hate it.

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Submitted by catherine johnson (United States), Mar 19, 2003 at 21:49

After a group discards its traditional beliefs and practices, later it often feels a compulsion to deride and despise those beliefs. Leftists have a compulsion to hate US traditions and institutions. They do not have a compulsion to hate foreign leaders or systems.

In First Things, a long article appeared about Lutherans possibly heading towards accepting gay priests and gay marriages. The author, involved in studying the issue for the church, was the only church leader holding forth on the traditional Lutheran beliefs. Other church leaders acted as if 2,000 years of teaching never existed.

The author noted that other churches (and other social groups) who were further along on the continuum, first reject their orthodox beliefs, then later feel a compulsion to attack them. They can't simply say gay marriages are a wonderful new idea. They have to say that traditional views are hideous and hateful.

Similarly, left-wing Americans can't just disagree with our traditions and beliefs. Since they themselves have rejected them, they feel a need to attack them.

Yet they don't feel the same psychological need to attack villains outside of their culture, like Mao or Saddam.
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