DEI Is Not a Faith
A dangerous and mistaken belief system is being embraced by millions. It is known as DEI. For those who don’t know, DEI stands for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Some people, such as Jordan B. Peterson and Gad Saad, refer to it as DIE, which may be a more appropriate title in the end, but most people refer to it as DEI. What is it, how did it arise, and how should we respond to it?
Sources of DEI
DEI grew out of a variety of influences. Among these were radical left-wing politics, progressivism, the social justice movement, “wokeism” and a host of other causes. DEI, however, is different. It has now taken on a life of its own. On the surface it may seem legitimate. After all, who could object to equality or including others, and diversity sounds nice too. The real aims of DEI, however, anything but just. DEI focuses on suppressing other points of view (like conservatives) enforcing its extremist ideology and preventing others from speaking out. DEI is a quasi-religious ideology rooted in politics. Its real aim is to upend western civilization and replace it with a left-wing progressive utopia. That is why it is so dangerous, and that is why we must defeat it.
Not a Faith
One thing should be made clear from the outset : DEI is NOT a legitimate religion or faith. Some have called it a “secular religion,” but the truth is that it is as far from real faith as you could ever get. Authentic faith ennobles people. It connects them with things greater than themselves, gives them a sense of purpose and allows them to see their place in the universe. What this really means is a closer connection to God, something DEI can never provide. Religious faith, properly practiced, should make you better: kinder, more compassionate and cleaner in your habits, thoughts and actions. DEI does the opposite. It indoctrinates you, making you less tolerant, more fanatic, and potentially more violent.
Fervour Doesn’t Equal Faith
Faux religious political movements like DEI often take on the trappings of religion. We have all seen archival film footage of Nazi or Communist rallies showing adoring crowds, caught up in a frenzy of adoration, looking as though they were in religious ecstasy. But, of course, they were not. They were deluded, influenced by unhealthy political philosophies that ultimately led to their destruction and the death of millions. DEI has this same false religious quality to it, in that it makes people feel that they are morally superior, more virtuous than others and heroic fighters for a better world. The tragic truth is that the exact opposite is true. Fervour doesn’t equal faith.
DEI has a dogma that has been ominously effective. Part of the reason for this is that it mimics radical religion. It insists on orthodoxy. It condemns heresy and punishes heretics. It has sacred heroes like Ibram X Kendi, and Robin DiAngelo, who spread the “faith” and engage in Crusades against their foes. It even has sacred texts like “White Fragility” by DiAngelo and “How Not to Be a Racist” by Kendi. But its dogma is clear. It is a terribly prejudicial and discriminatory belief system disconnected from reality. Western civilization is evil. Whiteness is toxic. White men are evil, and their influence must be removed. Traditional society must be overthrown. Logic, rationality and objective morality are oppressive and intolerant. Based on “other ways of knowing” 2+2 = 5 and so on. We could go on for hours but won’t. DEI makes little sense. It is destructive and dangerous and, as we have already stated, it is a false religion.
What to Do?
So what can we do about it ? First, don’t submit to DEI. Never acquiesce to its beliefs and never compromise with it. DEI is more often than not disconnected from reality, and it is obvious that we cannot support a belief system that has lost connection to the real world. Second, oppose it whenever you can. This means getting informed about it, however distasteful that might be. Read widely from those who oppose it like Jordan B. Peterson, Rod Dreher and Douglas Murray to name only a few, and gather your facts so that you can present counter arguments. Never accept DEI, and never legitimize it. Think of yourself as part of the “resistance to unreality” and commit yourself to opposing beliefs like DEI whenever the opportunity arises. Lastly, if you are a person of faith, practice your religion and uphold its principles. Yours is a genuine religious faith, and if there is one thing to remember in all of this it is that DEI is not.
All excellent points and of course the exact opposite of the meaning of the words, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion are meant by the DEI adherents just like nearly all the LIES of leftists. Re: “Authentic faith ennobles people.” According to Jesus Christ there is ONLY ONE AUTHENTIC FAITH. John 14:6 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14%3A6&version=NIV and Acts 4:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%204%3A12&version=NIV .
We get to see a DEI official in the Lindsay Shepherd video (or read the transcript): https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/heres-the-full-recording-of-wilfrid-laurier-reprimanding-lindsay-shepherd-for-showing-a-jordan-peterson-video
Lindsay’s actions illuminate well Perry’s last paragraph, “What To Do?” above.
Thank you for the inks you have provided. Indeed, Lindsay’s actions prove that we are all capable of action when we encounter the totalitarian impulse to crush free speech. We can all do something in the service of freedom.
Your distinction between the aims of DEI and those of religion is helpful. Thank you!
Unfortunately, others seem incapable of making the distinction. That is the truly frightening part of DEI.
Maybe it is not a religious faith but a BLIND FAITH in DEI doctrines?
Thank you Perry. This is another step in the ultimate destruction of civil society as we know it (or have known it). Like several other heretical ideas it is past time for us to stand up against this. Civil disobedience is an acceptable option to resist DEI. Equality of opportunity does not necessitate equal outcomes. That is an extreme position and discourages learning and heard work. We Canadians have been too polite for too long.
Absolutely right Rick. Moreover, DEI can never be a substitute for true faith, which, as I state in the post is designed to bring us closer to God. Only those too lazy to pursue truth and do the hard work of asking the big questions would fall for DEI. And, indeed, we have been too polite for too long…Time not to be.