So I coined the term “Republicanity” as the religion I believe these people actually worship. It’s a term I really hope gets more mainstream attention because I’m absolutely fed up with Republicans slandering the Christian faith.
Republicanity is a blend of cult-like religious beliefs mixed with political ideologies. It’s neither a true political party, nor a real religion—it’s both. It’s why so many conservatives cling to being a Republican as tightly as they do being a “Christian.” To many of these individuals, they treat their devotion to their political beliefs with the same conviction as they do their faith.
For them to dare question Republican talking points is tantamount to questioning their belief in God.
See, real Christianity is predicated on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. You know, that whole helping the poor; giving to the needy; accepting one another; loving thy neighbor; forgiveness; hope and not judging others. Basically, principles that aren’t beholden to one specific faith or religion — instead, they’re what I think are representative of good human beings.
You don’t have to be a Christian to believe in the values for which Christianity stands. Which is one of the reasons why I call myself a Christian. Yes, I believe in Jesus Christ, but I also think the values I believe in transcend religion to the very heart of human kindness and decency. I believe that even when I meet people from other religions — or of no religious affiliation whatsoever — we can share these common values as good people.
Yet, when it comes to many conservatives, they don’t represent any of these values. Their entire political movement is based on fear, hatred, judgment, anger, paranoia and disdain for those who are different.
Hell, the only “Biblical” values I ever see followed by many of these people is their opposition to homosexuality, abortion and church attendance. (By the way, all three of those are issues which Jesus Christ never spoke about.)
See, you can say the Bible is your book, without actually being a Christian. Jews aren’t considered Christians, but they believe in God and follow the Bible.
What conservatives have is a “religion,” if you will, built by two completely contradicting systems of belief. First, their political ideology comes from Ayn Rand — someone who thought religion was stupid and those who followed it were idiots. Then their social ideology is taken from a few handpicked excerpts from the Bible.
The reason why I view these people more like cult followers than anything else stems from the fact that their economic and social ideologies are complete contradictions of one another. How does it make any sense to claim religious “moral” principles socially while at the same time supporting economic policies created by someone who opposed all forms of religion?
It makes absolutely no sense. In fact, the only way anyone could believe such idiocy is if they were a part of some brainwashed cult following.
Think about it. These people really believe they follow Jesus Christ by hating most anyone who isn’t just like them. They really think that Jesus Christ — someone who spent his life helping the poor and the needy — would support massive cuts to programs that help the poor and the needy while protecting tax breaks for the rich.
These are people who complain constantly about their quality of life, then vote for Republican politicians who support policies which make their quality of life worse.
Many of these people base their entire spirituality off church attendance and how much they hate gay people. Because, you know, same-sex marriage will ruin the sanctity of marriage — according to millions of conservative heterosexuals who’ve been divorced (often multiple times).
When I think of all the idiocy and contradiction within the conservative movement, “cult” is about the only term that properly describes what I see day in and day out with conservatives, because they’re damn sure not Christians.
They belong to a cult I call Republicanity.