Though I am appalled by Dreher’s asinine gushing over the latest Star Crap installment, oddly seeing in this obvious SJW agitprop bullshit some kind of allegory for his Benedict Option mission (i.e. to sell more of his books), I had an epiphany myself while reading his essay and the comments following it.
While I know Lucas and Abrams view The Force as some kind of New Age-y, gnostic, deist Power that the Gifted can somehow tap into, and Lucas went so far as to have Anakin conceived virginally due to ‘midichlorions’ (a blasphemous echo of the Holy Spirit’s overshadowing Mary and bringing her to a virgin conception as explained in our Scriptures), it only struck me now that for progs, the Star Wars canon itself (along with perhaps Harry Potter and other related pseudo-spiritual Millennial pop culture motifs), acts as a kind of substitute religion for them; a shared, transcendent cultural experience and mythology that reinforces all their dearly held beliefs. This is why they invoke Carrie Fisher as Leia in memes with the hashtag #Resistance against Trump, and why they cling so enthusiastically to every new episode that comes along, no matter how crappy. (I have some very close friends who gushed over the Last Jedi; I was most disappointed in them…)
This is their faith. A sad pathetic Hollywood-created faith, one that reinforces their stupid SJW dogmas, with a ‘rebel alliance’ of strong young and old white women and dark men and multicultural, multispecies / androids and a couple token white males who end up killed off / self-sacrificing, fighting against evil white male imperialists bent on universal domination.
Ah well. Too bad the franchise becomes ever less profitable with each successive new film. Eventually the shitty, derivative, SJW-propaganda-driven story-writing will kill it. Too bad that can’t be now, though.