It is the year of the “ethics of energy,” according to the National Council of Churches (NCC), and one cannot but conclude that the left has abandoned Lenin’s nostrum of religion as the opiate of the people. They would even have us believe that they were in solidarity with those who “cling to … religion.” At Obama’s Sermon on the Mount, he invoked the Bible as his inspiration for ObamaCare and the redistribution of other people’s money. A modern-day St. Francis. No matter, as we recently discovered that in the name of ObamaCare, he eliminated freedom of conscience with the recent mandate. This is one of the commandments in “The First Church of Christ Socialist” (a term Billingsley used, National Review, Oct. 28, 1983, 1339).
What, in fact, happened between Lenin’s “superstitions” and Obama was Antonio Gramsci. You could call him Obama’s godfather. A prominent Italian Marxist, his theory of “Cultural Marxism” was that violent revolution “through the barrel of a gun” was not effective in advanced industrial societies. It was more important to capture the mind of a society. But this contemporary revolutionary doctrine is “far more dangerous: it is based on nonviolent, persistent, and ‘quiet’ transformation of American traditions, families, education, media and support institutions day-by-day” (Chandler, Shadow World, 26). This program periodically inserts a new DNA sequence into a country’s cultural code — resulting in the metastatic cancer of Marxism.
A high priority for Cultural Marxism is the destruction of religion — but not like Stalin. While Marxists would need to enter into every civil, cultural, and political activity in a nation, that would not work unless they could successfully target Marxism’s greatest enemy — the Christianity that had created and still pervaded Western culture in all its forms, activities, and expressions. They would have to “change the residually Christian mind … so that it would become not merely a non-Christian mind but an anti-Christian mind” (Martin, The Keys of This Blood, 250).