Heresy : noun- (1) An opinion or a doctrine at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from or denial of Roman Catholic dogma by a professed believer or baptized church member.
(2) Adherence to such dissenting opinion or doctrine.
(3) A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science.
Heretic: A person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted.
It has been said, and paraphrased by myself in my books, that a murderer can be forgiven more easily than a heretic. After all, the murder only killed a man (or maybe even several), but a heretic threatens the entire world-view the majority. The heretic can potentially cause massive civil unrest and revolutions, make individuals uncertain and fearful, and generally sow strife, dysfunction, and disorder. Devout orthodox believers tend to react powerfully, emotionally, violently, and immediately to heretics when they hear the heresy. It is often not a logical or proportional response, it’s a fight-or-flight amygdala triggered near-hysteria.
Here is the thing, though: devout orthodox belief is not limited only to purely traditional religious points of doctrine. It applies to many things, including beliefs about global warming, issues of race, sex, the environment, education, nature vs nurture, gun control, child-rearing, history, education pedagogy, gender, language, IQ, tax and economic policy, and nearly every potentially controversial secular subject. The pagan god worshiped by the secular religion of the political left is State (government) Authority.
The “generic” left (i.e., the average Dem / Progressive / Ordinary Leftie, 2nd Class) sees the government as it generally presents itself to be: helpful, well-intended, honest, impartial, doing good, and fair. Flawed, to be sure, they will admit, but a force for good. They view the good things done as being by the government, and the bad things it does as being a few bad apples doing bad things (usually conservatives). They don’t really connect the actions of the government as the actions of people in the government drawing a paycheck. The activist left sees government as a powerful tool of coercion to force bad people (always the “other guy”) to do the right thing. And, importantly, they see themselves not only as driving those decisions of what is “right” and “wrong,” but they see themselves as wise and worthy, even uniquely qualified, to make the decisions and use their discretion on behalf of government to force others to do (or not do) what the lefty demands. By definition, what they tell others to do is good and just. It must be.
Calling out the internal contradictions of their policies or actions makes you a heretic.
Calling out the impossibility of their desires makes you a heretic.
Pointing out the logical consequences of their actions makes you a heretic.
Illustrating the flaws in their assumptions, facts, or logic makes you a heretic.
To help you understand all this, allow me to illustrate:
|Problem||Rational man||Traditional Religion||Government Worship|
|Bad harvest||Study agronomy, Diversify crops||Study entrails,
|Study eating habits,
Spend more on farm subsidies
|Murder using a stolen gun||Punish murder,
Leave laws alone
|Punish but forgive murderer, Spend on penitentiaries, Pray for perp||Punish but forgive murderer, Punish original gun owner, Make both crimes more illegal, Spend more on gang outreach|
You get the point. I’m sure you can find many things where those who worship the power of government behave much more like cult members than rational people.
And they aim to be the shaman at the top with the fanciest titles calling the shots.