I was wrong.
The ideology has found its way into society through the ex-evangelicals who in the recent years have left the church in search of something more authentic. The trouble is that whereas I, and others, spent a decade deconstructing, a majority left never having challenged the beliefs that made life so intolerable in the evangelical church in the first place. Instead of spending time finding themselves, they found quickly a new home in the left side of the political spectrum. The left gave them an opportunity to experience the "real world." They were allowed to speak about racism and sexism and all the other ills without censur. It was as if the "New Earth" had arrived early without the Second Coming and thousands upon thousands of ex-evangelicals flocked into this new paradise that allowed them to speak freely without having to resort to Christianese.
And speak they did.
Speech filled with Christianese.
The ex-evangelicals, who re-named themselves "Social Justice Warriors," talked about "gatekeeping" (a biblical term of warriors placed at openings on walls to protect the city), about "erasing people" (another biblical term found in Revelation where people's names are erased from the Book of Life). They singled out white women as the problem (just as evangelicals had singled out Eve as the source of evil); these women had to "just listen" (just as all women had been told to "just listen" and not speak in the church). They insisted on purity above all, considered thoughts to be worse than actions (since thoughts lead to action), accepted the belief that all white people are racist from birth to death (just like all humans carry with them the Original Sin and can never be free from sin). They believed they would all be saved if they just followed the dogmas of Intersectionality and didn't question them - just like they had followed the dogmas in the church without questioning them. And so, drunk with the freedom to do as they pleased without being called out, the ex-evangelicals set out to free the oppressed. Nothing was as sacred as freeing those who couldn't free themselves. Bible verses playing in their minds, the heavy responsibility to free people on their shoulders, they set out to free people of color, the gay community, the disabled, whomever the Intersectional cult told they needed to free. Fresh out of the church, still convinced the end sanctifies the means, the ex-evangelicals would bully, dox, and shame anyone who was in the way. They would do anything necessary to free the people the church and society at large held hostage, bring them into the City of God where they would be protected by the fierce Social Justice Warriors.
The secular side of Intersectionality welcomed the passionate ex-evangelicals who obeyed their leaders with ease, didn't mind contradictory truths, were easily manipulated into going after a perceived evil without a hint of evidence; who didn't shrink from dehumanizing people in their quest for purity. In the Social Justice Warriors Intersectionality found a crowd that didn't shy away from shaming their opponents, who didn't worry about semantics or logical consistency, who would talk about the 53% and "white feminism" in the same breath, forgetting about the larger political divide (people don't vote only according to one belief); who didn't mind being shamed for being white and privileged. They happily abased themselves, confessed their great sin of having too much and vowed to do better, knowing they would never attain the perfection of sinlessness. But most importantly, they were all too happy to turn a blind eye to the sins of those they had been summoned to protect, just as they had turned a blind eye to the sins of their leaders in the church.
They were the perfect pawns.
What the ex-evangelicals weren't told was that they would be thrown aside as irrelevant as soon as those who were running the show got what they wanted: a new power structure and a re-written narrative. It is naive to believe Intersectionals have any intention of sharing their newfound power with a bunch a Christian white people who are guilty of the sin of white privilege. They are useful as long as they go after other white people and destroy their reputations and businesses with the same zeal as they once destroyed the lives of people perceived not to be pure enough in the eyes of the exacting evangelical belief system. The ex-evangelicals should have seen this from a mile away, since the goal of Intersectionality isn't equality. It never has been and never will be. The goal of Intersectionality is to place those who have historically found themselves on the outskirts of society in the center (as they term it) and send everyone else somewhere else. Where that "somewhere else" is, is never articulated. But knowing theology, it will most likely look like the Catholic Purgatory where people pay penance for venial sins. Or perhaps it will look more like the Ninth Circle of Dante's Inferno. It all depends who does the talking.
We all meet these Social Justice Warriors, especially if we spend any time online. So what to do?
The first rule when meeting an ex-evangelical turned into Social Justice Warrior is simple: never apologize. Their goal is to shame people. If they don't succeed, they will move on.
The second isn't quite as simple, but nevertheless equally effective: ask tough questions. They won't have answers and will resort to bullying tactics, in which case rule number one comes once again into play.
In the end, our goal should be to help these ex-evangelicals find a new healthier life and prevent the political left from imploding under the weight of impossible standards and cognitive dissonance. It is not going to be accomplished as long as we allow the re-writing of the narrative by the Intersectionals in a way that destroys rather than builds. To use the lingo of the left: we are the 99%. What can the 1% do to us?