CRT& DEI - False Religion Masquerading as a Fairness Doctrine
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CRT& DEI - False Religion Masquerading as a Fairness Doctrine

Over the last several years, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a popular philosophy that is being incorporated into many societal institutions. It has particularly taken off in educational institutions, government agencies, and large private corporations.

CRT has its roots in Marxism. It expresses the belief that, in society, there are oppressed and oppressor classes. The oppressors are those who control the levers of power in society, while the oppressed are those who are disenfranchised by the oppressors.

Originally, Marx defined the oppressors as the bourgeoisie – the ruling, property owning class who controlled the means of production. The oppressed were the proletariat – the workers whom the bourgeoisie exploited in order to live their privileged lifestyle. Marx’s theory was that, ultimately, the proletariat would rise up against their oppressors and overthrow them.

In modern society, this doctrine has been updated to fit the current societal environment. This modern expression has identified the oppressors as white people and the oppressed as people of color. The theory behind this belief is that American society was built by white people who control all of the levers of power. In this environment, they exploit the people of color who are under their control – those who work for the oppressors and help them be successful, but do not receive the benefit of their labor.

In true Marxist fashion, proponents of CRT believe that people of color must now rise up against their oppressors, overthrow them, and take over for themselves those levers of power. To do this, several tactics are being employed.

One tactic is a physical power play. Proponents have identified particular situations where they accuse white people oppressing people of color, then exert pressure by engaging in violent protests and rioting in an attempt to intimidate the “powers that be” in various civic jurisdictions.

Another tactic has been to gain control of the pubic educational institutions and teach their Marxist beliefs to young impressionable minds so that this philosophy can become mainstream in society. Over the years, this has been quite successful.

A third tactic has been to promote “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI) training into established institutions. The “Diversity” element is aimed at hiring more people of color and less who are white, then putting the new hires in positions of power and authority. The “Equity” element involves making up for the income disparity that has been created over the years by white people being in control. This is done by favoring people of color for higher income positions and by various forms of reparations. The “Inclusion” element seeks to promote the fair treatment and full participation of those who have historically been underrepresented or discriminated against.

DEI has been particularly aimed at large companies and government agencies. Proponents have managed to get people who agree with their philosophy into management positions in these organizations, then hire trainers and overseers within them to implement policies that ensure the elevation of people of color above those who are white.

Generally, Marxism is thought of as a political and economic system. Economically, it promotes equity where everyone, no matter their job or station in life, is provided for equally. Politically, it is the underlying philosophy of socialism and communism. Again, theoretically, equality is its goal.

However, it also recognizes that achieving that kind of equality takes time and is the result of a process. When believers in this philosophy observe a societal environment where they believe inequality exists, they see the remedy as being the overthrow of the powerful by the less powerful, with the end goal being that equality is achieved.

But that kind of utopian result is not what actually plays out in life. If the “oppressed” ever do gain power, they themselves inevitably become the “oppressors” and are unwilling to give up the power they have achieved. What happens in real life, based on this philosophy, is that totalitarian structures get put in place, and there is unending tension and fighting in society.

Another thing that is important to understand is that Marxism is a materialist philosophy. That is, it believes the natural universe, operating by natural laws, is all that exists – it is atheistic. And as with all atheistic systems, its morals and values are based on a relativistic foundation. There is no such thing as an objective foundation for morality, so people have to make up their own moral rules as they live life – and the ones who determine the moral rules are those who hold the levers of power.

So what we have in Marxism is certainly an economic and political philosophy, but it is based on a religious worldview foundation– specifically Naturalism. And this philosophy is diametrically opposed to Christian Theism.

Based on its worldview profile, Marxism believes:

  • Ultimate Reality - The natural universe, operating by natural laws is all that exists.
  • Man - Human beings are naturally evolved animal creatures that have the most complex brain of any animal.
  • Human’s ultimate goal in life - The ultimate goal of humanity is survival and personal fulfillment. There is nothing else.

In contrast, Christian Theism believes:

  • Ultimate Reality - The God of the Bible exists, and what is taught in the Bible is true.
  • Man - Human beings were created in the image of God, but are fallen.
  • Human’s ultimate goal in life - The ultimate goal of humanity is to know God in an eternal personal relationship.

People who are Atheists, of any stripe, tend to think that their beliefs are not religious. In fact, a large percentage will specifically assert that they are not religious in any sense. But when you look at the basic worldview profile of Marxism, it becomes evident very quickly that none of its beliefs have any empirical basis. Every one of them must be believed by faith – it is a religious point of view. Another key point is that the worldview beliefs of Marxism are not unique to Marxism. They are an expression of Naturalism – as are all materialist belief systems. It is a religious point of view.

CRT and DEI are, in the minds of their advocates, expressions of a value system that sees Marxist goals as only fair. But that value system is not founded on anything objective. It is based on the personal preferences of those who advocate for them. And in spite of the fact that proponents assert that their beliefs are fair, they are not. They have prejudice and bigotry built into them, and require revenge on those they designate as oppressors. They require the exact opposite of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

A biblical worldview does not see human beings in terms of oppressed and oppressor. It sees them as persons created in God’s image who are each unique, and who have different gifts and callings from God. It doesn’t demand DEI, rather that every individual discern God’s will for their own life, and live that out – no matter what it looks like racially, politically, or economically.

Utopia in God’s economy is not possible in this life. We are fallen persons living in a fallen world. Our utopia exists in God’s eternal kingdom alone. Because of Christ, we are able experience aspects of utopia – even if imperfectly. But eternity is coming.

Freddy Davis is the president of MarketFaith Ministries. He is the author of numerous books entitled The Truth MirageRules for Christians RadicalsLiberalism vs. Conservatism, and his latest book Shattering the Truth Mirage and has a background as an international missionary, pastor, radio host, worldview trainer, and entrepreneur. Freddy is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Communication and holds MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a popular speaker, particularly on the topic of worldview and its practical implications for the Christian life. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife Deborah.

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