You may have heard the term "Social Justice" bandied about lately, particularly from the left. Recently, I ran into an old friend of mine's twitter post and what she was saying shocked me. I used to get together with this lady and pray and talk about the Lord. We've lost touch the past few years, but her posts were so alarming to me, even her Bio Description of a "Social Justice Christian with a Gay Son". So I wanted to look up what exactly social justice is. I mean the left makes it sound so nice
The Dictionary defines it as fair treatment of all people in a society, including respect for the rights of minorities and equitable distribution of resources among members of a community.
Here's another definition from a legal website
Social justice is justice that follows the principle that all individuals and groups are entitle to fair and impartial treatment. Social justice attempts to prevent human rights abuses. Social justice is based on notions of equality and equal opportunity in society. It focuses on the full and equal participation of all citizens in economic, social and political aspects of the nation. Social justice can also refer to advantages and disadvantages distributed in a society. Social justice derives its authority from the codes of morality in each culture and differs from culture to culture. United Nation’s objectives of social justice policies include social, economic and cultural rights, including right to an adequate standard of living; right to work and equal pay for equal work; right to education; and right of minorities to enjoy their own religion, language and culture.
I don't know about you but that sounds really good!! I want that too. Who wouldn't want fair and impartial treatment of everyone? But you know what? If I've learned one thing in the past few years, it's that you have to look deeper, beyond the nice, flowery language to see what's really going on.
I highlighted a few phrases that stood out to me in both definitions. Seems to me they are clearly talking about distribution of wealth to everyone in a society. They talk about a "right" to a certain standard of living and a "right" to education. It sounds lovely, but these phrases fly smack in the face of the freedoms we have enjoyed here in America. Our founding fathers created a country that had the most individual freedom of any nation on earth. In the Declaration of Independence they proclaimed that every person should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There was no mention of a guaranteed income, standard of living, education or health care. These are things everyone is able to achieve on their own with some hard work, discipline, and patience. Yes, I know everyone starts off with different advantages and disadvantages, depending on their family's wealth, etc. But that's the point of America. We all have the same opportunity to achieve whatever we want. Some may have to work harder for it, I agree, but it is still achievable.
The real problem with what they are calling Social Justice is that in order to achieve equal distribution of wealth and a certain standard of living and education for everyone, the government is going to have to get involved, collect the wealth and then distribute it as needed. Once the government is the one giving you your paycheck, they own you and you might as well kiss your freedoms goodbye.
From an article in the American Thinker