'Neo-Puritans' want to punish you for 'sin'
'If you disagree with one, you're not just wrong, you're deserving of punishment'
For a term that might be useful in replacing "SJW" with a more descriptive and accurate representation, that of pseudo-religious totalitarianism, Jack Cashill uses the term Neo-Puritans to describe the moralizing, condemning holy cult of the Left. By making their evanescent progressive morals into pseudo laws, they become ever more powerful by doing nothing except make pseudo-moral condemnations, in high pitched screams of self-righteous faux-moral indignation.
Seven Deadly Sins have been isolated:
"Cashill recently wrote a book, “Scarlet Letters: The Ever-Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism Exposed,” in which he identified the seven intolerable sins against the progressive “neo-Puritan” worldview: racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and climate-change denialism.This list is incomplete having left out anti-eugenics/abortion, anti-theism, and anti-embryonic stem cells, for a perfect ten sins.
"Now the neo-Puritan elect, and this is the odd thing about them … they have less interest in celebrating their own values than they do in condemning those people who resist the celebration," Cashill said. "They take joy in that. For them it's almost as good as eating organic or occupying something."That's because it really IS a religious war, and defeat is the single objective; a tactical success is to be iconized as a religious, joyful sanctification.
One example he cited was that of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian bakers in Oregon who declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Rather than simply finding another baker willing to bake them a cake, the lesbian couple filed a complaint, and an Oregon commissioner eventually ordered the Kleins to pay the couple $135,000 for emotional damages. He even slapped a gag order on them. But that was after intense public pressure from "gay marriage" supporters forced the Kleins to close their bakery.The number of new Puritanical "sins" will increase over time. The Puritanical Class mainly worships itself with an unmatched narcissism, and whatever itself decides is immoral, stands as immoral. That makes them much worse, much more destructive of entire institutions, much more hateful than the original Puritans. And much more destructive of actual morality. That's because the pseudo-morals of the neo-Puritans cannot coincide with traditional morals. That would render their voices to be commonplace, unheard, without notoriety and publicity.
The Kleins even tried to set up a GoFundMe page to help pay their fine, but the website shut it down, saying it would no longer allow campaigns in defense of "discriminatory acts."
Cashill noted sadly that Aaron Klein drives a garbage truck now that the neo-Puritans have destroyed his bakery. He said the Kleins' case exemplifies the neo-Puritan model.
"It's just not enough to share your offense," he said. "You've got to enlist the state in your cause. This is where it begins to really approach the Puritan model, but the Puritans were a picture of mercy and rationality compared to what's going on right now."
The author pointed out Hester Prynne, the protagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter," at least knew she had committed the sin of adultery. She knew why she was being punished. But he said it's hard for modern people to know when they've offended the neo-Puritans. In fact, it's too easy to offend them.
Case in point: former NFL quarterback Brett Favre received criticism from the Left for not clapping long enough or enthusiastically enough as the transgender Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner approached the stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs this year. Cashill said Favre was a recipient of the newest scarlet letter – "T" for "transphobia."
He said the fairly recent invention of this new sin shows progressive neo-Puritans have no fixed ideology like the liberals of old."