Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The BigWord™ Of The Day

an·ti·no·mi·an·ism n.
1. Theology. The doctrine or belief that the Gospel frees Christians from required obedience to any law, whether scriptural, civil, or moral, and that salvation is attained solely through faith and the gift of divine grace.
2. The belief that moral laws are relative in meaning and application as opposed to fixed or universal.

I bring this word to your attention in the context of these remarks from our friend Paperwight, who said...
The very existence of that talking point [that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi were told about the spying project months ago], the fact that it's viable, says a lot about the modern Republican Party. Think about it. The response to "Hey, that's illegal" is: "We told some of the people who represent you, and they did nothing."

That response is completely orthogonal to the rule of law and to the very possibility of any form of democracy. It plainly grows out of a nasty swamp comprising equal parts antinomianism [emphasis added —s9] and authoritarianism, which has at its rotten heart the maxim: "There is no law. There is only power."

Allow me to simplify this for the ignorant Jethros in our tiny and rapidly dwindling readership.

Antinomianism is a fancy word that means Moral Relativism. The "It's Okay If You Are Republican" (IOKIYAR) thing is what we're talking about. When you combine it with Authoritarianism, what you get is a Party Doctrine that goes like this:
Conservatism frees Republicans from required obedience to any law, whether scriptural, civil, or moral, and patriotism is attained solely through loyalty and the gift of political favor.

Are we starting to hit home with some of you people yet?

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