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    We will fight them in the textbooks, we will fight them in the dictionaries, we will …

    We will fight them in the textbooks, we will fight them in the dictionaries, we will …

    He who defines the terms, controls the debate.

    There is no better example than “social justice,” a term which as defined by academia and the media means left-wing policies, setting conservatives back on their heels.  Who could be against “social justice”?

    Thanks to reader Luke in Oakton, Virginia, who writes:

    Professor Jacobson – I love your bumper sticker feature.  Here’s a bumper sticker I see everyday, well, because it’s on my car.  I can’t tell you how many nice comments I collect from total strangers.  I thought you might like to share it with your audience.

    Keep up the great work and the fine sense of humor.


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    […] more deserving of a good kicking) is “social justice.” Over at Legal Insurrection, Prof. Jacobson observes that He who defines the terms, controls the […]

    I’ve been following your blog since the WI protests, and finally decided to sign in. I spent many years in grad school at UW Madistan in the ’80’s, and enjoyed your coverage.

    I’m a Roman Catholic who has had it with “social justice.” The Catholic vote has been stolen via this deception. Communists and their sympathizers infiltrated the episcopacy by 1950 or so, and have successfully changed the thinking of most Catholics. (Brainwashed, to borrow a term?)

    A key figure in this is Fr. Bryan Hehir, a Harvard professor (’nuff said?) who wrote an infamous document 30 years ago that framed social justice as a “seamless garment” covering a multitude of issues. The “garment” bore an uncanny resemblance to the Democratic Party platform on every issue except abortion. Hehir brilliantly used the “seamless” concept to juxtapose abortion with opposition to the death penalty. This let Dem politicians trade anti-death-penalty credits to cover abortion advocacy. The garment also disguised redistribution as charity, which is the core of “social justice.” Now the average pew-sitter thinks ObamaCare is just heavenly.

    It might be a surprise to learn that many popes prior to 1960 vociferously condemned Communism and Socialism. In particular, the concept of a centralized economy is condemned on two counts, first for violation of the Commandment, “Thou shalt not steal,” and second because it is an unnatural social construct that will inevitably lead to the destruction of Christian society. The popes used to defend as inviolable the right of ownership of private property.

    If Catholics would just reject the effeminate gobbledygook that emanates from our bishops today and recognize that redistribution and envy are sins, we’d have the voting bloc to put society on a better path. I’m not holding my breath.

      So Cal Jim in reply to JerryB. | October 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm


      ella8 in reply to JerryB. | October 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you for your explanation. I have recently decided to convert to Catholicism but I am very disappointed in the leanings of the Church. In my heart I know that I am doing the right thing and I am going to continue, but I feel like something is not right. I had come to similar conclusions that you mentioned just from attending the services. I had started to do some research and when I learned of the principal of subsidiarity, I knew that the Church was off track. Perhaps I should look into Mormonism further.

        ella8 in reply to ella8. | October 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        Any church that takes a political side is the wrong church or is on the wrong path. The reason why I chose to leave the Episcopal Church was for that very reason. It was founded on a political compromise. The Church should be a rock not a pawn to an agenda.

        JerryB in reply to ella8. | October 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

        Hi ella8 – Don’t let the leftie bishops scare you off. Look at the clear teachings like Sally Paradise brought up (above). Here in the GPRM (Gay Peoples’ Republik of Massachusetts), we stay sane with our “old school” friends at, away from the “social justice” and kumbaya crowd.

    That is the best bumper sticker I have ever seen! Kudos to Luke.

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