While hailing the fact that they are making "progress," the Progressive Movement is often progressing in the wrong direction. A direction that most often diminishes the sanctity of life, family, marriage, human dignity, personal freedoms and even national fiscal solvency.
Activists in Washington State are hailing "progress" as they move closer to redefining marriage. And they are making "progress."
But is "progress" always good?
Let's take a quick look at the Progressive Movement and review where it has taken us.
Many point to H.G. Wells as the father of the modern progressive movement in America.
A devotee of Darwinism, his primary mission was to, "reassign human beings from the spiritual to the natural world." He said, "People of quality must be ascendant, not democratic---Idiots, drunkards, criminals, lunatics, invalids and diseased will spoil the world for others."
John Dewey was the most influential so-called "progressive reformer" of public education since its thriving launch by Noah Webster. Dewey's 20th Century assault on public education, inserted his own atheism, hi-jacking education as Webster had envisioned it, transforming it into a petri dish for social experimentation. Dewey replaced Webster's time honored, biblical principles that had caused America to lead the world in education with secular progressivism---no absolutes---no consistent right or wrong---no accountability and no higher authority than one's own beliefs at any given time. No absolute truth.
Today America is not even close to leading in education.
And the progressives called that "progress."
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood was another prominent progressive.
Her personal legacy includes statements such as, "More children from the fit---less from the unfit---that is the chief aim of birth control."
On the extermination of Blacks she said, "We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population if it even occurs to any of the more rebellious members."
The goal of eugenicists? "To prevent the multiplication of bad stocks," (Dr. Ernst Rudin, April 1933, Birth Control Review) Sanger was the editor.
The result of Sanger's activism? Planned Parenthood with abortion centers in primarily poor Black neighborhoods. Centers that are heavily funded with taxpayer dollars. An organization that leads the abortion business, which has killed over 50 million babies in the name of "choice."
And the progressives called that "progress."
The more recent champion of the Progressive Movement was Saul Alinsky, the father of what is called community organizing.
Alinsky made many bold and radical statements, probably the best known and often quoted was, "Lest we forget, at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgement to the very first radical: from our legends, mythology, and history; the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he got his own kingdom---Lucifer."
Another Alinsky statement: "Taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so fruitless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future."
This and his other teaching has given us ACORN and a President who is terribly out of touch with what America is really about.
And the progressives call it progress.
Aldous Huxley saw the end of so-called secular progressive pathways. In 1932 he wrote in his famous Brave New World, "All members of society are conditioned in childhood to hold the values that the World State idealizes."
In 1949 he wrote that if progressives prevail, sometime in the future, "I believe that the world's leaders will discover that infant conditioning and naro-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government than clubs and prisons..."
This defines the modern day secular progressive movement and their co-opting of traditional values and absolute Truth.
Gov. Gregoire has admitted she was personally and spiritually conflicted about her support for redefining marriage. Other Legislators have also admitted personal conflict, but have now come out in support of homosexual marriage in the name of social "progress." Their desire to create "progress" has caused them to turn from their church and the biblical teaching of their youth. And their own conscience.
Think about this: C.S. Lewis said, "We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."
We are on the wrong road toward redefining marriage.
The ancient prophet Jeremiah told the people, "This is what the Lord says: ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it' I appointed watchmen over you and said, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet' But you said, 'We will not listen'...disaster came because they did not listen to the ancient words of wisdom and they rejected His law." Jeremiah 6: 16-19.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful.