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For years we’ve likened “wokeism” to religion; some people have even called Wokeism a religion. But it’s time to stop skirting around the issue for a number of reasons. We need to call Wokeism what it is and not only describe how it is a religious practice, but how it must be banished from our culture. In particular, the workplace is an excellent place to begin this attack not only on moral grounds but through the legal system.
To begin, what qualifies Wokeism as a religion? Here’s one description from US Border Patrol and Customs Protection:
For purposes of Title VII, religion includes not only traditional, organized religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, but also religious beliefs that are new, uncommon, not part of a formal church or sect, only subscribed to by a small number of people, or that seem illogical or unreasonable to others. An employee’s belief or practice can be ‘religious’ under Title VII even if the employee is affiliated with a religious group that does not espouse or recognize that individual’s belief or practice, or if few – or no – other people adhere to it. Title VII’s protections also extend to those who are discriminated against or need accommodation because they profess no religious beliefs.
Religious beliefs include theistic beliefs (i.e. those that include a belief in God) as well as non-theistic ‘moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views.’
(Italics are mine.)
Wokeism can also be defined in more specific terms, although further explanation of these examples (which appear in italics) might be helpful I have only included the most obvious criteria listed in the original article:
- Belief in something sacred (for example, gods or other supernatural beings). The tenets of Marxism and aspects of socialism are held as sacred.
- A distinction between sacred and profane spaces and/or objects. Churches, statues of the Founders, and even the Constitution are held in contempt and considered profane.
- Ritual acts focused on sacred spaces and/or objects. Riots, attacking the police, burning down government buildings, removing statues could be seen as condoned ritual acts.
- A moral code believed to have a sacred or supernatural basis. White supremacy is to be condemned, as is racism.
- A worldview, ideology, or a general picture of the world as a whole and the place of individuals therein which contains a description of an overall purpose or point of the world and how individuals fit into it. Any white person is an oppressor, any person who is not white is part of the victims’ group.
- A more or less complete organization of one’s life based on this worldview. We see the obsession with Wokeism demonstrated on social media and in the workplace; relationships have been lost in support of these views.
Any questions? Wokeism fits quite comfortably into our own government’s definition of religion. But how does that interfere with activities in the workplace? It’s called discrimination.
If you consider all the training sessions on critical race theory, white fragility, white supremacism, including efforts to shame those who don’t bow down to these wokeist beliefs, we can clearly see those forced activities as acts of discrimination. And what about the bans for people who post opinions on social media that contradict Wokeism? Those employees are harassed, threatened, and mocked for not only holding those beliefs but for posting them for all the world to see. Role-playing in training and other activities that employees must participate in are another method of intimidation; anyone who refuses is, at the very least, avoided, and at worst, could be fired.
It’s called discrimination on the basis of religion.
Many people miss the evangelical side of Wokeism. People are celebrated for bringing people into the community, the more, the merrier.
When secularism came to dominate our culture, it wasn’t sufficiently powerful enough to substitute for religion:
Wokeism offers everything that secularism failed to provide, and has quickly filled the God-shaped hole in our culture. It purports its version of truth, justice, righteousness, sin, and judgment. It provides its adherents meaning, with its meta-narrative of societal conflict, power struggle and the struggle for redemptive freedom. The tearing down those oppressive power structures helps give purpose to the individual and the collective. There is a strong communal aspect, and people feel like they are part of something greater than themselves. Also inherent in this ‘social progress’ is the hypothetical future utopian society liberated from the evils of the current oppressive system. Most of all, however, Wokeism offers what every sinful human heart deeply longs for, and that is moral justification. People believe they are acting justly within the world, and being fair, sometimes they are. But often, all that they are doing is mere posturing, or worse, destructive.
It almost makes you want to join up, doesn’t it?
One last point: there are religious people who participate in the Wokeist agenda, but apparently don’t realize they are betraying their religions of origin. Attributes like tolerance, generosity, compassion, and truth, just to name a handful, are irrelevant in this community. I suspect that many try to ignore, or don’t even realize, the cognitive dissonance and contradictions that arise.
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So what can be done to stop this oppressive and unconstitutional movement? First, we must speak up—not just complaining—but tell the businesses that have hired us that what they are forcing on employees is not only immoral but illegal. Employees must find out who the others are who are prepared to act against the employers and then act. Then, as Vivek Ramaswamy states, we must take it to the courts. We have to rally every sympathetic organization to fund lawsuits and represent us against the corporate suppressors. When enough businesses realize that we are serious (and it could cost them a bundle of money), they will begin to realize that a strategy that they thought would endear them to the country is backfiring on them.
It will be one major step to taking back our culture and our lives.Published in