Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…. Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience…. In reality, however, we must face the possibility of bad rulers armed with a Humanitarian theory of punishment…. We know that one school of psychology already regards religion as a neurosis. When this particular neurosis becomes inconvenient to government, what is to hinder government from proceeding to”cure” it? Such a”cure” will, of course, be compulsory; but under the Humanitarian theory it will not be called by the shocking name of Persecution.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in When a Nation Forgets God by Erwin Lutzer, kindle location 292
Whether it’s Nazism, Marxism, or Secularism, the state is always in conflict with religious freedom. And the more power the state has, the more laws it will pass to diminish the role of the church. What makes this so difficult is that these changes are made under the rubric of freedom and “what is best for everyone.” Thus the true nature of a totalitarian state is always hidden and always couched in the language of morality, progress, and liberty.
— Erwin Lutzer, from When a Nation Forgets God, kindle location 89
For when moral convictions are reduced to arbitrary preferences, then they can no longer be debated rationally. Persuasion gives way to propaganda. Politics becomes little more than marketing. Political operators resort to emotional manipulation, using slick rhetoric and advertising techniques to bypass people’s minds and “hook” their feelings. Sound familiar?
— Nancy Pearcey, from Saving Leonardo, kindle location 231
Secular ideologies preach liberty but practice tyranny.
— Nancy Pearcey, from Saving Leonardo, kindle location 265
What the State essentially does, when it requires us to be parties to the lie that a man can marry a man, is to deny the anterior reality of marriage itself. It says, “Marriage is what we say it shall be,” and that implies, “Families are what we say they are,” and that implies, “There are no zones of natural authority outside the supervision and regulation and management of the State.”
— Anthony Esolen, from Defending Marriage, kindle location 2244
Ideologues may advance their idols under politically correct banners of tolerance, diversity, and fairness, but the actual impact is regress, not progress, fragmentation, not wholeness. People are crushed.
— Nancy Pearcey, from Finding Truth, kindle location 101
Mass madness, if it’s going to last more than a week or two, requires mass media or mass government or the synergistic efforts of both.
— Anthony Esolen, from Defending Marriage, kindle location 2174
Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have—with others—the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps…. And the more power the more dangerous as they are in office for life and not responsible—as the other funtionaries are—to the elective central.
— Thomas Jefferson, September 28, 1820; quoted in The Journal, a Summit Ministries Publication, June 2008