The Dogma Lives Loudly Within Them, Too

The Left and Democrats (but I repeat myself) wasted no time going after Amy Coney Barrett for her Catholic faith, which is merely a continuation of the attack they launched on her during her 2017 confirmation to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That was when Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) intoned, “The dogma lives loudly within you.” Religious beliefs, of course, don’t disqualify anyone from political office in America. In fact, our Constitution states very clearly there can be no religious test for holding public office. 

But that isn’t what is really irritating me, egregious as the Democrats’ religious animus may be. No, it’s the continued shameless hypocrisy of those attacking Barrett. Why is it hypocrisy? Because they refuse to admit they also have a faith system and are in fact religious people as well. 

Every last human being has a faith system, even those on the Left. This is absolutely the fact of the matter. Don’t believe me? No one, not one person, can definitively say that they have 100 percent complete knowledge of this world, this universe. Anyone who would claim that is a madman. 

There is an element of faith for every person when it comes to stating what they believe to be the ultimate truth. Take Feinstein herself. She was implying that she has no ideological or philosophical viewpoints that inform her thinking. She is the embodiment of pure reason. 

On the contrary, anyone who has been following her career could tell you that her own dogma “lives loudly within her.” 

We all have a set of presuppositions and biases, a set of viewing glasses if you will, through which we see the world around us and make decisions about what is right and wrong. Ultimately, because we as finite human beings lack complete and full knowledge of the world around us, we must have a faith system. 

The question, then, is what informs an individual’s faith system? Mine is a rational religious Christian faith, such as the Founders embraced and called “right reason.” Reason and faith inform each other because we believe in a Creator and understand reason as His gift to us, distinguishing us from animals.

Those on the Left embrace a secular faith that says human beings are the measure of all things, the authors of all notions of right and wrong. History is replete with untold disasters when that worldview prevails, with socialist and fascist dictatorships as telling examples.  

But let’s break down these opposing views even more.

I believe that we are all created in God’s image, blessed with immortal souls, that there are eternal rewards and punishments, that there are absolute standards of right and wrong, and that our Creator—through nature (intelligible by means of the reason He gave us and the outgrowth of that reason, science) and through His inspired word—has shown us how to live our lives. 

Those who embrace a secular faith system generally believe we are products of chance, that everything is relative and right and wrong are merely suggestions, that there is no God and no immortal soul, that this world is all there is, and they have deemed science devoid of any higher governing principle to tell us not just the what, but the why regarding the phenomena we examine. There is no why, they tell us.

While science can be a guiding influence for those with faith in God, we recognize that it is an imperfect practice based on finite, imperfect humanity. That is why science constantly corrects itself. Yet science is taken as a religion by many on the Left, and scientists are high priests. 

Moreover, it turns out that even those who claim to be atheists must still engage in faith in order to assert that there is no God. 

At a certain point, you begin to accept claims on faith even if you don’t want to admit that you are doing so.

So we are all “religious people.” We are all people of faith at some point. Healthy people will admit this and accept reality, also accepting the limitations this places on us. 

But those who put their faith in what human beings can conjure in their minds as they deny a higher eternal power, eventually come to worship themselves and their own minds as absolute. They deeply resent a faith system that rejects the worship of finite, of humankind.

This is all to say: when the Left attacks Amy Coney Barrett, again, for her faith, they are in denial and hypocritical. What they resent, loathe even, is that someone like Barrett dares to live out a belief system that is in defiance of their own. 

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About Ned Ryun

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority. You can find him on Twitter @nedryun.

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