Has "social justice"/political correctness become a religion?
I'm not sure about a religion, but it certainly is acting like a disease. If you say something that is unacceptable you are shamed and criticised for saying it, thus making you think twice about saying something, and then you too start shaming people for saying something not PC. I believe this is how it spreads. It's just virtue signalling and trying to prove how tolerant and nice you are regardless of the facts.
Definitely a harsh religion. There is no room for error at all. You will be condemned if you stray by expressing any understanding toward your opponent. I can't see any true relationships in Leftism, they are too busy judging each other or so focused on their own righteous anger that they don't notice anyone else.
I can think of three elements shared between the social justice movements and religion:
-The “social justice” ideology (as interpreted by the movement leaders) upheld as God, non-touchable, non-questionable—who dares to challenge the idea of justice? And slowly, I think the leaders themselves will become God. Think the “Party Leader” in 1984 and Mao in China. I was educated to worship our communist party as God and love the Party more than everything else.
-The fear of coming out as a non-believer of this ideology.
-The idea of people having the “original sin” for being white.
Yes , I think it has become a Religion. Not in any Theological sense, they have no logic in many ways. So can not even attempt to explain why we are here as Theologians do.
But it resembles a blind faith , found more often than not in Cult like Religion.
I can see that.
People like John McWhorter and Coleman Hughes has expanded on the idea that anti-racism has become like a religion. They make a good case.
I would say most of SJW stuff is more about gaining social prestige on the Internet. The Internet has some weird cultural things.