In the article, Belz makes the point that in the past it was those on the far right who have been viewed as the “fundamentalists” for forcing their conservative views on others. But he points out that there is a new breed of fundamentalists that have arisen in our society, those who have emerged from the far left. These new fundamentalists have somehow managed to get into many key power positions in our culture and our government. These new far left fundamentalists are not just content with sharing their views with others, which would be perfectly fine in a free society. They want to take it one step further and force their views and their rules on others. Belz suggests a number of ways in which “rules” (he calls them “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots”) are being created by the far left and forced onto society as a whole. He points out that “whatever you think of Congress, it’s very inefficiency provides a brake on many silly and arbitrary statues. But when such rule-making is moved from the legislative chambers and happens in the back offices of regulatory agencies, there’s little to slow down the goofiness.”
Though I have not done all the research to fact check Belz various examples, I tend to agree with him when he says that we should be wary “of modern day fundamentalists.” Our children will have to live with whatever is left of the society we are building. If we load society down with so many rules about every aspect of life, how will the next generation be able to function in business, in education, or in the areas of religious freedom and free speech that have made America what it is? This is something that all of us in leadership should be thinking about. Are we simply replacing one brand of fundamentalism with another? And if so, why do we think it will work any better?