Observing the demonstration of modern progressive religious beliefs in our media these days provokes a very brief semi-humorous look at what appears to be the new progressive religion of Canadian Secular Humanism, it’s temples, and priests, and its “gods” whose importance is rated (as in some MMPORG’s) by their “effective level”. (All italics are the author’s except the citation at the end).
The false gods of pagan religions were conceived of as unpredictable, irresponsible, self-seeking, aloof, fickle, vain, and powerful (ed. Committees, MP’s & MPP’s?).
Religious activity (Meetings, presentations, press conferences, briefings, elections) for the pagans, therefore, was bent on keeping those gods placated, so that their power would not be used against the believers (cutting off the programs?).
This usually involved performing certain rituals flawlessly (presentations), or saying certain prayers according to the rules (Robert’s Rules of Order?). It was all about going through the right motions.
If you had a particularly important need, you could increase the number of rituals and prayers (Lobbying, Donations, PAC’s), and the gods would supposedly pay you back proportionately (Better budgets, more program funding, restrictive or permissive rules and laws, favourable statutes and regulations).
(The Better Part, John Bartunek, LC, ThD, 2007)