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A modest hypothesis

February 23rd, 2014 by Vader

The Church teaches that the Church is not about politics. The Church proclaims its political neutrality.

Yet the Church is widely perceived as a right-wing organization.

To the question, “Why does the Church seem to be right-wing”, the usual answer offered in the Bloggernacle is that the Church leaders are old, right-wing men.

Because I believe the Church is sincere in its pronouncements, I propose an alternate hypothesis.

O’Sullivan’s Law: Any institution that is not explicitly right wing will become left wing over time.

The empirical evidence supporting this law is overwhelming.

I suggest the Church is not actually right-wing by choice, but purely to avoid becoming left-wing.

I think it is no coincidence that, historically, the Church began to be perceived as reactionary rather than radical at about the time the radical Left began its long march through the institutions.

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February 23rd, 2014 22:31:17
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Bruce Charlton
February 24, 2014

I suppose the original historical reason was that the church was (I think) more or less forced (by federal/ national pressure) to stop having its own political *party*.

But of course all churches are political, even when not party political.

I think that the LDS being run by men is necessary but not sufficient for it NOT to be left wing; because (so far as I can see) *all* women-run organizations are left wing – while not-all men run organizations are left wing.

Are there any exceptions?

(I don’t mean an organization run by a single – usually atypical and certainly exceptional – woman such as Queen Elizabeth I, or Margaret Thatcher, I mean when women are many or most of the leadership *class*.)


John Mansfield
February 24, 2014

Anti-abortion efforts appear to me mostly the work of women, more so than pro-abortion efforts. Our unsuccessful work last year in Maryland to block any-sex marriage had more done by women than men, both as workers and as organizers and leaders.


Adam G.
February 24, 2014

The Left isn’t a fixed ideology or set of practices. It’s a constantly moving wave front. So that any organization that is committed to a certain set of beliefs and practices, and remains committed, will become right-wing with time.


Vader
February 24, 2014

^ G.’s Corrollary to O’Sullivan’s Law


Agellius
February 24, 2014

“*all* women-run organizations are left wing – while not-all men run organizations are left wing. Are there any exceptions?”

There’s this:

http://www.womenofgrace.com/en-us/default.aspx

… although it’s not very old and therefore hasn’t had time to withstand the test of time.


Agellius
February 24, 2014

Regarding the post:

“I suggest the Church is not actually right-wing by choice, but purely to avoid becoming left-wing. I think it is no coincidence that, historically, the Church began to be perceived as reactionary rather than radical at about the time the radical Left began its long march through the institutions.”

I think it’s an astute observation, as also Adam’s corollary.

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