I’m barely old enough to remember something of the cult phenomenon from the 60s/70s (which culminated in the mass suicide at Jonestown in the late 70s). A newer example that springs to mind, although it’s been a while, was back in 90s when there was a cult called Heavens Gate who fostered some mystical belief in UFOs. They attained the pinnacle of their notoriety in 1997 when the group committed mass suicide in the belief that the comet Hale-Bopp was some sort of alien spacecraft. Everyone had laugh at the time, because after all, who could believe such a thing?
Fast forward to “modern day” and we have Zman Blog writing about the new cult of our ruling elite, or as I put it, the Cult of the Magic Ne-umm..African-American (CoMA). This has all the signs of cult, although instead of it being led by a single, dynamic and manipulative personality, the stand in is the criminal class of black America, and since many of these criminals are, alas, no longer with us (blessed be their names), our elites (almost all of whom are NOT black) are filling the cult-enforcer role: checking for observance, pushing for tithes, punishing non-believers, etc.
The goal is to get everyone, but especially the white “everyones”, to be subservient to the new cult. I saw Roger Goodell was on TV all but declaring that kneeling to CoMA will be mandatory in the NFL after one of their star players had the gaul to say that he wasn’t entirely on board with the aims of CoMA. We also have formerly Christian churches getting in on the act with an Episcopalian Bishop* chiding Trump for being insufficiently observant of the beliefs of CoMA. Lest Catholics think they’re off the hook, the church had already sent a strong message with the Nick Sandmann episode that anyone voicing opposition to CoMA will face a public pillaring. Of course none of this is surprising, since all of our institutions, whose communal obligations have been completely gutted, folded instantly to the Covid Cult (which, I guess, didn’t have the staying power that the cult leaders were hoping for).
What are the true aims of CoMA though? What are its beliefs? The beatification of black fentanyl junkies? White slavery? CoMA’s lack of any doctrine means that the adherents must always be looking to the stage (MSNBC) to see what is required to show their faithfulness in CoMA since what it believes in doesn’t actually exist. For as ridiculous as the Heavens Gate cult might have been, at least the comet was real.
*Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde used the phrase “Judeo-Christian”, which is how a non-Christian refers to Christianity.