By Robert Mann
Have you noticed that political liberals have taken to calling themselves “progressives?” It’s not because their ideology has changed. It’s because the word “liberal” has become untenable, an obstacle in the minds of many voters.
This happened largely because conservative politicians and their friends in the media, especially at Fox News, bastardized and twisted the word. However, it was also accomplished after many on the left did a poor job defending their ideology. (And, political liberals like me must admit that our policies have not always been popular or successful.)
Whatever the reason, “liberal” has become, in the minds of many, a word that now means “radical” or “extremist.”
Simply put, the term has, for now, been ruined. Many liberals believe that to get a fair hearing among the public they must rebrand themselves as “progressive.”
I wonder sometimes if the same hasn’t happened to the term “Christian.”
Pat Robertson, Phil Robertson, Tony Perkins, the Westboro Baptist Church, the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition. Think about the image of Christianity that these people and organizations – and dozens more like them – portray to the world.