The Woke Church and the Threat to Free Speech and Religious Liberty

I am not a member of the woke church. I neither accept its doctrines nor participate in its rituals. I am unconcerned about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin because that presumes angels exist and I am not required to presume such a thing or obliged to affirm or argue about it. You say angels are real to you. It doesn’t matter. I will not recite the woke scripture. I will not supplicate myself before the altar of wokeness. I will not chant woke prayers.

As a civil libertarian and an advocate of religious liberty, I defend the right of people to believe the doctrines and practice the rituals of wokeness just as they would any other religion. The dress, the jargon, the slogans, and all the rest of it are for their congregation. None of these things are for me unless I choose to take them up. These things cannot be an imposition. They cannot burden me without my consent.

Religion is freely chosen and freely exercised only when membership and participation are not compulsory. Once a religious faith becomes compulsory, those compelled to submit to it are no longer free and society has become theocratic. Theocracy is tyranny. When public school, the corporation, and the government take up, disseminate, and advocate any doctrine of the woke church, or any other church, when these institutions, secular by definition in a democratic republic, expect fealty from citizens to any aspect of that or any other faith, the First Amendment rights of citizens are violated. 

The religion of the woke church is being taught in public schools in violation of the United States Bill of Rights. Demanding an end to the indoctrination of children in public schools is not curtailing the free speech rights of administrators, students, or teachers. As with any religion, individuals are free to think and practice their religion as long as it does not burden the liberty of others. On the contrary, demanding an end to the indoctrination of our children is respecting the free speech rights and the right to religious liberty for all citizens.

A religion is a particular set of beliefs, values, and practices, organized into a system of doctrine and rituals. Religion involves belief in and reverence for a supernatural entities and forces, powers regarded as creating and governing the universe in which the devtoee believes everybody exists. That the woke church is a religion cannot be reasonably disputed. It meets all the terms of the definition, right down to belief in absurd and impossible things.

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Andrew Austin

Andrew Austin is on the faculty of Democracy and Justice Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in books, encyclopedia, journals, and newspapers.

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