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Jamie stood outside the door of the conference room. He knew the group had already been waiting 15 minutes for him, but they were accustomed to his tardiness. The time had arrived to make the big announcement and he was fully prepared. Whether they were ready or not, they’d have to step up.
He opened the door and walked in. The conference room was modest in size, and the table where all six board members sat was full. Everyone was there. He smiled inwardly as he quickly reviewed their roles. They thought they were there to represent gay, lesbian, black, Hispanic, feminist and trans communities; the only reason they were actually there was because they were rich. He cleared his throat and stood at his end of the table.
“Thanks for coming, everyone, on such short notice. As you know, I’ve been contemplating our next steps in this war, and I’ve finally arrived at what will be an unexpected, devastating but successful approach to moving our cause forward. I have two more meetings after this one, so I will only give you the outline of the plan, with more detail to come later. That also means I will not take questions, but I will look forward to hearing from you in the coming days. So here is our next challenge: we will start a War on Religion.
“Now some of you will say we’ve been fighting the decadent and primitive aspects of religions for years. But I believe our efforts have only planted seeds, and our attacks using social media have been sporadic and unfocused. The war we are about to launch will be strategic and powerful. Let me explain the reasons for this next step.
“First, we have already laid the foundation for a Marxist/socialist State. Since many people are still uneasy about that label, part of our work will include calling this movement something brand new. I suggest that we call it the New Patriotism.
I think that there are still plenty of Americans who value patriotism; we will define patriotism in a whole new way. Traditionally patriotism has stood for racist, oppressive, and ancient values. The New Patriotism, however, will stand for our dedication to the transformed American values: freedom, equality, and fairness, as we define them. To be a dedicated New Patriot, one will vow allegiance to the country and what it stands for. People will be excited about supporting these values and therefore committing to them and to this country. They will be serving a brand-new set of tenets.
“This is where we begin to target the dangers of religion. The New Patriotism will be a philosophy that demands a single focus on one idea. On one Master. That Master is the State. The problem that religion presents is that it demands that people serve a second Master, one that they believe rules over everything. Those beliefs cannot stand. We have already made inroads into the religious community: those Leftist Jews and Christians who believe that they can serve two masters and haven’t yet realized that they will be unable to lead virtuous lives in this manner. Although we will need to construct powerful arguments, we will be able to persuade them slowly and meticulously to realize that they can only serve the State to be true to their country, to be a New Patriot. And they will bring others along with them.
“Religious communities have already given us plenty of other ammunition to use against them. There are the usual tropes about violence, hate, and destruction in the Jewish and Christian Bibles. We have people who still want to deprive women of their right to choose. We have seen abuse from Christian leaders, primitive rituals practiced by many religions, and endangerment of the community by religious Jews during the pandemic. We will begin an onslaught of attacks against every religious group, especially on social media, that they will be unable to counter. We’ve already been mining past posts and tweets of religious leaders and their supporters to destroy their reputations and therefore their power.”
Those sitting at the conference table sat quietly, a couple of them sitting with their jaws slack, others looking down at the table, and the remaining looking perplexed. Sharon raised her hand and began to ask a question, but Jamie interrupted her.
“Sharon, as I said, I have limited time right now, and I’ll be glad to address your questions later in the week. All of you”—and Jamie made eye contact with each person at the table—“should make notes about your questions and concerns, and we’ll talk again.
“I also thought you’d want to know, in the spirit of honesty and disclosure, that I will be speaking to the labor education leaders later today. They are demanding a seat at the table, but they are more concerned about the benefits to them than they are the benefits to our cause. I’ll be asking them to continue to make inroads in the education system, from top to bottom, and that is the most important contribution they can make; we’ll make sure they are recognized for their efforts. Steve, you are not just representing the gay community but also academia at the higher levels, and we will count on you to ensure compliance at the university level.” Steve nodded his head slowly.
“Finally, my other meeting will be with the military leaders who have joined us. It’s not clear at the moment how they will participate, since there are active as well as retired military officers involved. I want to make sure they know we are counting on them and value their role in this process. I don’t want to bruise more egos than I need to.”
Jamie looked around the table once more.
“I’m counting on all of you to dedicate yourselves to this new war against religion and to the New Patriotism. It will be difficult, demanding, and even dangerous at times. But we have a great deal of help from the mainstream media and social media as well. We will bring them all on board with this latest effort to transform our country.”
Jamie turned away from the table and walked to the door. He lifted his arm with his hand curled into a fist, opened the door, and left.
The room was silent.Published in