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Secular Progressive Test

Updated on December 21, 2016

Secular Progressive Test

Secular Progressive is a term coined by Fox News Commentator and best selling author Bill O'Reilly. His new book "Culture Warrior" defines the current struggle between traditionalists and SP's. It is a very clear battle line. I have come up with a list of questions that will clearly separate the Traditional thinking and SP thinking. Perhaps, you may think you are in one camp but may be more closely to the other or vice-versa. Take the test and add up your score.

- Apr. 2009

SP test

This test consists of 20 questions. There are 3 possible answers (A, B or C). To score, added up your total: each A answers=1, B Answers=_1 and C Answers=0. The maximum score is 20 and the Minimum score is _20. Personally, I think these are very important issues and one should form an opinion after studying the facts. However, I do provide a pass to those that do not care on a particular issue with a (C) option.

  1. Do you believe?

    (A) America is on the same level field as other countries.

    (B) America is Supreme among all other nations.

    (C) No opinion.

  2. Do you believe?

    (A) US has to get UN approval for any military action overseas.

    (B) US has the right to use military force to defend our Sovereignty.

    (C) No opinion.

  3. Do you think 9/11 was?

    (A) A criminal act.

    (B) A declaration of war.

    (C) No Opinion.

  4. Do you think coerced interrogation such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation are effective?

    (A) No.

    (B) Yes.

    (C) No opinion.

  5. Do you think the Iraq war is?

    (A) A distraction and a mistake.

    (B) Part of the global war on Islamic extremists.

    (C) No opinion.

  6. Do you think the TSA should use profiling to protect our homeland?

    (A) No, it is discrimatory.

    (B) Yes, it is common sense.

    (C) No opinion.

  7. Do you believe Abortion is a Constitutional right given to Women?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

  8. What should we do about the illegal immigration in the US?

    (A) Give them amnesty and have an open border policy.

    (B) Close the borders and insist on legal entry.

    (C) No Opinion (no changes to current policy necessary).

  9. Do you believe drugs such as marijuana should be legalized?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

  10. Do you think Gay Marriage should be allowed?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No Opinion.

  11. Do you think sex education in grade school should include the gay lifestyle?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

  12. Do you think "In God We Trust" should be removed from our money?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

  13. Do you think Universal Health care should be provided by the State(Government)?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

  14. What do you think is causing global warming?

    (A) Primarily human activities.

    (B) Primarily natural phenonmemnon.

    (C) No opinion or (don't know).

  15. Do you believe in evolution as postulated by Darwin as the origins of species?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No-God created Man in His own image.

    (C) No Opinion or (Intelligent Design...)

  16. Do you believe in the existence of a Supreme Being?

    (A) No.

    (B) Yes.

    (C) No opinion.

  17. Do you believe in rehabilitation of child sexual criminals?

    (A) Yes.(let judges use discretion in sentencing)

    (B) No. (mandatory sentencing as Jessica Law)

    (C) No opinion.

  18. Do you believe in a New World Order as the best chance for humanity and world peace?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

  19. The Constitution of the US is?

    (A) A living document that may change and grow and open to interpretation by the Supreme Court.

    (B) A wise document from our founding fathers with built in mechanism for change-the Amendment process.

    (C) No opinion.

  20. Do you believe in income re-distribution as one of the role of government?

    (A) Yes.

    (B) No.

    (C) No opinion.

Who are some SP's

Obviously, a score of near 20 is a Secular Progressive and a score of near _20 is a traditionalist. However, I do make another distinction. Agreeing with a policy is different than being an activist trying to influence policy. Some of you may agree with one or more of the issues but unless you are actively spending money or time to bring about the changes, you are not a true SP.

Here are some well know SP:

  • George Soros - He spent $20 Million dollars in the 2004 election to un-seat GW Bush.
  • Michael Moore.
  • Sean Penn.
  • ACLU
  • People for the American Way (PFAW)
  • Tide and Ford Foundation
  • Moveon.org
  • Media Matters

My personal opinion

I don't have any hard facts but from just my perception, I believe the country is divided 30% Conservative, 50% moderate and 20% Liberal/Progressive among the voting public. The main stream media (MSM) is 90% Liberal. I believe their influence has shifted the balance and created an almost 50/50 split in the voting public. Without their bias, the country would be 55/45.

Here are my estimate of some other groups that may have influence.

Supreme Court Judges (5/4).

Hollywood elites (10/90).

MSM (10/90).

College professors (20/80).

Talk Radio (90/10).

Final Remarks

I am a T-warrior. I think the majority of Americans are Traditionalists. We think the danger lies with apathy. History tells us the Roman Empire fell because of corruption and decadence from within. Our Judeo-Christian culture is under attack. We must be aware of what is going on if we are going to be prepared to defend it.

The traditional warrior's (T-Warrior) code of ethics is encapsulated by ten "pithy" principles (courtesy of Bill O'Reilly):

* Keep your promises

* Focus on other people, not yourself

* See the world the way it is, not the way you want it to be

* Understand and respect Judeo-Christian philosophy

* Respect the nobility of America

* Allow yourself to make fact-based judgments

* Respect and defend private property

* Develop mental toughness

* Defend the weak and vulnerable

* Engage the secular-progressive opposition in a straight-forward and honest manner

What is your score?

Take the poll and provide your score.

What score range did you get?

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      Jess Mahler 6 years ago from Lehighton, PA

      Sorry, but I don't see those of us in the middle as wishy/washy. I've researched the issues extensively, and am very strong in my opinions - I just don't fit in your neat little boxes. Your right - the Westerm Roman Empire fell to corruption. The Eastern Roman Empire fell because of stupidity and ambition - and the Chinese and Egyptian Empires fell because of stagnation. We need change AND stability to survive.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The US had its chance to make a difference in the world and squandered it making corporations richer. Where do we want our planet to be in 100 years? Nation fighting Nation? Or shouldn't we be unified so that we too can provide opportunity for all humanity, every race and creed and even explore space and create new civilizations in other solar systems.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting, but as with all surveys that attempt to reduce very complex issues into a few very simple choices, the choices tend to oversimplify the issues. For example, question 17. Do you believe in rehabilitation of child sexual criminals? â¦. If you answer A, does that mean that you think that every fifty year old serial molester with hundreds of victims can be rehabilitated with six months of group therapy? (I donât) â¦. Or, if you answer B, does that mean that you think that every nineteen year old who has a serious relationship with a fifteen year old must be locked up for the rest of his life? (I donât).

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      After the 9/11 commission report came out. There was talk about how Bin Laden had planned the attack on our country for five years before 9/11. If there is one thing that we can learn from this is that our president at the time was pushed into attacking Afganistan.

      Yes what happened was an attack on our country, and those whom wake the sleeping giant. Be warned. That when you attack our people, we will come back at you with a force you have never seen. The CIA, FBI, NSA, as well as our militray secret services, navy seals,rangers etc. should have come together and have devised a plan of response to bin laden, and his forces.

      Don't tell me that our country's intelligence forces couldn't take a year, or more to devise an attack on them that would have eliminated them all together? "cooler head's prevail"

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Actually you cant save yourself God made you so the only one who can save you is Him!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I find it so revealing our inane desire to encapsulate people in either group A, group B, or the undecided's. It's a "yea/nah" society. How seemingly absurd that "we" appear incapable of comprehension greater than "hot/cold, high/low, in/out, push/pull conservative/progressive." I'll grant O'reilly benefit of the doubt, but his "secular progressive" test does further illustrates this very point. Some of those questions are so slanted or poorly written that I tend to wonder if O'reilly had anything to do with them?

      To illustrate, question 2 asks if (A) we need UN approval to attack another country or (B) should we have the "right" to protect ourselves? Answer isn't A or B and damned if you're undecided. Just cause a guy sneers at you in a bar, no reason to kick his ass!

      Come on America, The decisions at hand will be made, better yet, should be made, by folks like you. Stop looking for the messiah and look in your own heart. The only one that can save you....is you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      There is no secular progressive movement

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      mMy brother also took this test...He scored a -4. poor man he still believes he is a traditionalist. Voteing for the currant President, he has a lot to learn.

      GOD BLESS AMERICA

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      Jack Lee 8 years ago from Yorktown NY

      You need to read my lens on "American Supremacy" for a better understanding of what I mean. It is in the "link section". This is not arrogance on my part.

      Also, I disagree American was hated under Bush... That was the MSM spin. Ask yourself -Are the US better viewed in the eye of the world under Obama? Has this translated into any significant difference in world events? Not that I see.-Jack [in reply to Tasmanian American Perspective]

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      Jack Lee 8 years ago from Yorktown NY

      David, you miss-understood the term "no spin". No spin means not to slant the facts to get a better decision. It does not mean one should not hold an opinion on any subject. You need to read Bill's book "The O'Reilly Factor" for a more detailed explanation. -Jack [in reply to david nettleton]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Why would it be a good thing to view America as the " greatest country in the world" when your living standards in contrast to Australia,Belgium,Canada and many other countries are not even close..... This arrogant so-called traditionalist viewpoint is why America was hated so much under Bush..... yet you still tick B ..... what a joke

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Bill, you see everything from a USAcentric position. Nothing particularly wrong that as long as you declare it. There are other equally respectable perspectives from which to view the world yet you decry them with simplistic labels. Now that your show is broadcast world wide, you should respect that to have your perspective is not objective. You should therefore cut the 'no spin' slogan, for you put a pro American spin on every statement you make. You don't fool me!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      You have a lot of great things to say. I hope people are listening. I'm an agnostic, and while I don't believe in any religion, I do share such values. I am a strange Republican, but that's what I am. I love being an American and want to work to preserve this nation as it was intended to be.

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      Jack Lee 8 years ago from Yorktown NY

      [in reply to Galt] I welcome any suggestions on how to improve the questions and responses.

      Also, if you have additional questions, please submit them and I will consider adding it to my test. Thanks for stopping by.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      7 here but the test is poorly written and I had to opt completely out of some questions rather than even choose options C. In some cases the wording was such that it effectively prevented choice (8). In others two of the three options were equally correct from my view(3). In others the words were so biased as to make any answer meaningless (5).

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      the 9th & 10th Amendments to our Constitution were added to make it clear that the Fed. Gov't. has Limited Powers.

      IF the conservative "movement" would consentrate on demanding the Limited Gov't. set out in our Constitution, we would make more progress.

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      mickey54 8 years ago

      My score was -20. Good focus!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My score was -6. My core beliefs are simple, (1) representative government based on law, (2) free market economy, (3) individual rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, (4) secular government .

      I believe government's primary responsibilities are to build infrastructure and remove obstacles so that any individual can flourish within a free market, to provide judicial oversight for law enforcement, to protect citizens from foreign or domestic harm, and to perform it's functions in a secular manner with no reference whatsoever to any god or religion.

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      Jack Lee 8 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Dear Stan,

      Don't despair. We need to educate our family and friends and neighbors and start and get involved in our local government. A grass root effort such as the TEA rally will go a long way.

      -Jack

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      -20 was my score. But how can we stop the SP's? They are destroying this country, turning it into a parody of what it once was. How can we turn this slide to the left around?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I can not go along with that secular progressive crap

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      Linda Jo Martin 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Great explanation... the test really helps put things in perspective! I've given you an Angel Blessing and high-5, plus will feature this lens on two lenses I'm creating this week. (My Angel lens, and one on creative lensmaking.)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I scored a -19, and there is a culture war going on, you just want us to be distracted ,so that we T-warriors can't take you down.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to J] open your eyes, SP's like Pelosi and Reed are going to bring this country to it's knees. NO guns, the fairness doctrine, come on!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to J] You're the one bill's been telling us to watch out for . by the way put down the kool-aid

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Secular progressive movement doesn't exist. Stop watching Bill and start thinking for yourself.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I SCORED A 19 BUT THERE ARE STILL THINGS ABOUT THE S-P MOVEMENT THAT I DONT AGREE WITH...HMMM

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My score was -16. I'm Jewish. I don't believe in a supreme being but I do believe in the Rambam's idea of God we call יהוה that he describes in his 13 articles of Jewish belief.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm a democrat but this test showed me that I'm more conservative than I think I am. I am a leaning traditionalist. Intersting.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I scoredan _20, I am T-warrior. I am a Retired Coast Guard Veteran. I had a Gay cousin, who I dearly loved (he died of aids in 96), but it is the act it self I dislike, not the person. As far as abortion, I am pro life unless it involves the death of the woman to carry it. I also think the father of the child should have some say in it, remember it is half his, even though we do not carry it. Without the male there is no baby.

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      Jeff Wendland 9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I knew that I was a traditionalist, but now I know that I am a T-Warrior!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I do not believe in a supreme being. That said, there is room for valid explanations, science based, to explain our universe. Defining who or what we are in your terms is an interesting experiment. I enjoyed the blurb and blogs. Thanks

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Jack Lee,

      I am a christian. I hate using that term becuase nowadays it is associated with judgmental gay haters...and I am not one of those people. I just recognize that religion is private, and institutionalizing morality in government is taking the freedom to worship another god or value system, or not, away from the people.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I am a Christian first, father/husband second and an American third. That being said, I believe that our founding fathers were from a perspective that "A God" existed but most were Christians. Over time many cultures later that ratio has changed. As a Christian, I am comanded to love God with all my heart just as my neighbor. My neighbor could be a S.P. or other non believing humanist. I do not really care what is on the dollar althought it is nice to see my God recognized. I think abortion is murder. I think same sex marriage is a mess, not because of the gay issues but details of who can do what when. I think that they love one another and should be allowed to do so without the goverments permission. Personally, it is a sin just like any other. I think some laws our government has passed works against my morality and that will end the USA as I know it or the one my grandfathers fought to defend. God gave mankind free will and that will always be our downfall, then He gave us Christ.

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      Jack Lee 9 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Derek,

      That's interesting. What God do you believe in? SP are not necessarily atheists. They are just anti-Christian beliefs. Some have compared the current global warming and evolution theory believers to a religion. They share some of the same attributes.-Jack

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      Jack Lee 9 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Derek,

      That's interesting. What God do you believe in? SP are not necessarily atheists. They are just anti-Christian beliefs. Some have compared the current global warming and evolution theory believers to a religion. They share some of the same attributes.-Jack

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      Jack Lee 9 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Derek,

      That's interesting. What God do you believe in? SP are not necessarily atheists. They are just anti-Christian beliefs. Some have compared the current global warming and evolution theory believers to a religion. They share some of the same attributes.-Jack

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I am a Secular Progressive, yet I still believe in God. I just do not believe I have a right (even if my faith is present in a majority of Americans) to impose my own personal values on the Country. Same-Sex Marriage should be legal. The Death Penalty should not. Guns should be controlled. Abortion....I don't know.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I admit it, I am a Secular Progressive, I believe in a secular governemnt, and I don't believe or even worry about supernatural phenomena or "beings", I believe in a firm and just health care coverage, and not just for profit, a woman's body is a woman's body (education is key in this area) and it is really none of my business what two consenting adults decide to do legally and should not be treated as outcasts or pervs' if they follow the rules (not the ones we make against them..)I do not believe the US is an empire and therefore we should stop behaving as such, and work in concert with our allies and International Law and I don't believe in an inmigration policies that practically states that we should "keep the impoverished out"

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I scored _18. While I do not believe abortion is a constitutional right I also believe that a woman has the right to choose but she has to live with the consequences of her actions. Bottom line my political philosophy is summed up in 6 words - progun, prodeath, and prochoice. Either Life is sacred or it isn't and either way you think there is a always an exception to every rule. Just my not so humble opinion

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Anyone proclaiming Bill O'Reilly's hypocrisy and does not give any examples, is simply blowing smoke. Show me the evidence. Otherwise, shutup. Now, let's get back on track regarding this questionnaire. Um...it's very good. According to my score, I'm a T-Warrior. My parents raise me right.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      My problem with this test is that it is only one dimensional. My views are pretty Libertarian. What would Bill O say to me?

      1 -1 -1

      2 -1 -2

      3 1 -1

      4 -1 -2

      5 1 -1

      6 1 0

      7 0 0

      8 -1 -1

      9 1 0

      10 1 1

      11 1 2

      12 1 2

      13 -1 1

      14 0 1

      15 1 2

      16 0 2

      17 1 3

      18 -1 2

      19 -1 1

      20 -1 0

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      Jack Lee 10 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Jayne, The answer to your question is no. Traditionalist believes in the rule of law. Pointing to bad behavior in one area does not negate the other good messages. The left and the Media tried to do the same to Bill Bennett and Dr. Laura and Newt Gingrich... We are all flawed human beings.

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      Jack Lee 10 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Jim and Jayne, thanks for stopping by. You both try to make this about Bill O'Reilly but my lens is about clear differences of opinion that define a segment of the population. Until you address them, you may not know where you stand - hence the test. You may not like my questions but send me yours.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Bill's principals show his hypocrisy..

      1. He broke his promise to his wife - Loofah anyone.

      2. Man is an attention whore-who are you kidding.

      3. Please progress is not a sin-he is a scared white christian.

      4. Other religion have value too.

      5. Man never uses facts make things up all the time.

      etc.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Like O'Reilly those questions are twisted.

      I also love that chart - it is a power point chart that Bill had some intern make up. It proves NOTHING he has yet to supply any data to back it up. He just yells he has proof and shows that chart.

      Do tradicionalist sexual harass co-workers?