We had a recent discussion about the sexes, our roles in society and how it all went wrong, in Vanilla Ice's post called Male Oppression. I am the first to acknowledge that women have ganged up against men under the guise of the feminism movement and I made a comment along those lines at the end of the post. As women we need to own up to our part in creating some of the problems in our Western culture. The post only presented a view from the male perspective though. Males also need to own up to their part in the problem.
Viking explained the term 'liberalism' in his post A Brief History of Liberalism:
"The term Liberal is so inflammatory that is can be hard to understand its true meaning........But the term, like all words, has a history, and the term liberal has its roots in the Enlightenment."
"..all men are equal, in the sense that there is a universal sense of morality and human nature that unites all people..."
"uneasy conclusion that all humans are complicit in evil at some level"
"His thirst for justice points back to his own heart, which frightens him as well."
"....those who claim intellectual enlightenment often reject spiritual concepts altogether."
Stephanie McDaniel explains in her paper, Levine religion and Democracy, that the future of religion is unknown but,
"history tells us that....free GOVERNMENT has prospered among religious peoples."
"Today, liberalism is almost synonymous with socialism and this is sad. It could almost be said that socialists adopted the term to avoid negative connotations associated with Communism and there's much truth in this I believe, particularly in the United States............liberalism is Marx's bastard child."