One of the weird aspects of the Cult of Modern Liberalism is the wearing of piety bracelets. I’m speaking figuratively. I don’t think they give out physical bracelets, but I would not entirely rule it out. Cults are big on uniforms. No, I’m speaking figuratively. Members of the Cult have a habit of displaying their piety in the same way women display charms on a bracelet. They make a big deal of letting everyone know they have a gay friend or a black friend. They don’t think of these people as people, of course. They are props, charms to hang on their bracelet that they rattle in public to signal to everyone they are a pious person.
Way back in the Bush years, my liberal friends and acquaintances all claimed to know a moderate Muslim. My friend Jim regularly claimed to work with an army of them, who surprisingly enough all agreed with him and the Cult about George Bush. My friend Jim even claimed to have read the Koran and never found anything in their about “killing infidels and Jews.”
He never read the Koran and most likely had no Muslim acquaintances. It was just a public act of piety. He and his fellow cultists needed that charm on their bracelet. My communist office manager made the same claims, word for word. These two have never met, which means a shared source. Since these people read the same narrow set of website and watch the same news programs, it is no surprise they make the same arguments, sing the same songs and read the same lines from the catechism.
In the homosexual marriage debate, all of my liberal friends suddenly sprouted homosexual friends. The fact that I have never met these new friends or know anyone who has met them never came up. I was too polite. Unsurprisingly, there was no talk about the Muslim friends who just a few years ago were allegedly confirming all of the claims of the Cult. The prominent charms on the piety bracelet were all gay all day.
Now I’m seeing Ukrainians turn up in conversation. My liberal friend Jim now claims to work with a collection of Ukrainians and Russians, all of whom, according to Jim, think Obama is the best and Putin the worst. My communist office manager is making the same claims. Her church is now suddenly the home for a bunch of Ukrainian exiles. Again, they think Obama is the best and Putin the worst. In both cases, they keep bringing up the fact they have Ukrainian friends as if that is definitive.
It appears the Cult has not elevated Ukrainians to the level of homosexuals so every cult member has a Ukrainian charm on their piety bracelet. Ukrainian is the new gay.