Contrary to the popular perception in the West, in much of the developing world (and even in parts of the developed world), progressive, revolutionary and socialist forces are intimately tied to religion via Christian Socialism and Liberation Theology.
Some salient examples of admirable and inspiring figures who self-identify as a part of the “Religious Left” include:
- Hugo Chavez (who will often quote from both the Communist Manifesto and the bible in his weekly Presidential address Aló Presidente);
- Brazilian President Lula;
- former Haitian President and Lavalas Party leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide;
- Key figures of the Canadian NDP including Tommy Douglas; and
- (My personal favourite and a man I greatly admire) Cornell West.
Thus, while I and many other progressives are atheists, I do believe that it is incumbent upon us as progressives to stand in solidarity with progressive and revolutionary theists such as the figures above.
That said, this morning, two Christian evangelicals came to my door to proselytize me while I was in my housecoat. I’m all for solidarity with religious people, but not in the morning before I’ve had my coffee and not just after I’ve had an awful night’s sleep!
Nietzsche once wrote that:
“After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel I must wash my hands.”
So, in the full spirit of Nietzsche, consider this a (hilarious) cleansing of the hands
What Would Jesus NOT Do?
And, as an encore:
Yahweh’s Delicious Creation