Yesterday, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci celebrated his 80th birthday. Fauci has become a much celebrated figure during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, for his constant willingness to tell us what he knows about the virus and give us what he thinks would be the best solutions. While I do feel liberal worship of the man had gone too far at points, I do still believe he’s been trying his hardest and do hope he had a happy birthday.
On 12/23/2020, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted the following:
In honor of Dr. Fauci’s 80th birthday tomorrow, I proclaim Thursday, December 24, 2020, “Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Day” in Washington, DC. We are incredibly proud to count Dr. Fauci among the many DC residents who are sacrificing so much to keep our communities healthy and safe.
Bowser unofficially naming the day after Fauci may seem like a little much, but this really one of the most minor things in existence. Naming a day unofficially after a national icon like Anthony Fauci is rather small in the grand scheme of things, nobody will be forced to celebrate it and can ignore it if they wish. The biggest thing one could take issue with is that this day was declared on Christmas Eve, but that was because that date is also Fauci’s birthday, which he did not choose (in fact, it might be best for the theists in the audience to have a long think at who had the biggest say in that event).
Here are among some of the quote tweets condemning Bowser:
Despite whatever these heretics say, today will always be Christmas Eve, not Anthony Fauci Day. — @MillerStream (AKA Jon Miller)
Can’t wait for more additions to the liturgical calendar of liberalism. Anticipating Ginsburg Vigil and The Feast of the Harris Ascension. — @ssharmaUS
It’s Christmas Eve and the devil worshippers are out here “proclaiming” the day for their Satanist friends — @RaheemKassam
Scientism is a religious cult of the Left and Fauci is one of their priests. — @libertylovingam
The most absurd reaction, however, goes to Mediaite columnist John Ziegler, who sarcastically tweeted “Not a cult… not at all,” over Bowser wishing a friend a happy birthday. Are all people who wish a happy birthday to another saying they live in that person’s cult? If not, then why does it apply to those who wish one Anthony Fauci of all people?
The reason this bothers many on the right is simple, while many talk about how “politicizing” topics is an evil, nobody ever talks about the spiritualization of various aspects of our culture. A few days ago, I published an article criticizing the Trump Administration trying to ban brutalist architecture, specifically how many of the arguments in favor of it were based on spiritualizing buildings to an unreasonable level — which I believed many of them did not even believe. With that said, the fact that many Americans are looking for spirituality in every aspect of American life is quite an issue, especially considering much of life is not meant to be viewed at that level.
Once again, a cigar cannot just be a cigar, a building cannot just be a building, and a “happy birthday” cannot just be a “happy birthday.” Everything must be related to abstract and vague metaphysical concepts, many of which are meaningless when applied to reality. These political concepts are also supposed to take precedent over reality, might I add.
The perfect example of this occurred when Joe Biden tweeted this on 12/13/2020:
Science will always be at the forefront of my administration.
And Josh Hammer replied with the following on 12/15/2020:
We don’t elect politicians to implement science. We don’t elect politicians to implement economics. Or anything else. Etc. We elect politicians to exercise prudence and discernment to weigh inputs and best channel the pursuit of justice, human flourishing, and the common good.
Factual reality does not flow to their philosophical worldview, it is simply not allowed in their philosophical worldview. Everything under the sun must be nothing but pure philosophy and spirituality. Any mention of reality is simply not allowed, because doing so could completely destroy their philosophical worldview.
Mr. Hammer likes to write a lot about how we’re in a time of political realignment, but I find the move of the right towards arguing about nothing but ivory toward philosophy — something they used to warn the left did — to be the most damning for any civilization. A healthy society cannot allow its citizens to argue about the spiritual significant of wishing a public servant a happy birthday, one that does will soon face collapse if it continues down that path.