John McWhorter Argued that the Jagatar movement is a kind of religion. This seems unfair, because (at least in the US) religions don’t generally disown people for not believing in their doctrines. Perhaps he means that wokism is like a 17th century religion.
Rajeev Khan directed me to an article City Journal That supports this claim:
It’s been an open secret for years that prestigious journals will often reject submissions that offend prevailing political orthodoxies—especially if they involve controversial aspects of human biology and behavior—no matter how scientifically sound the work. The leading journal Nature Human Behavior recently formalized this practice in an editorial, declaring that it will not publish research that shows false differences between human groups. . . .
[T]He National Institutes of Health now withholds access to an important database if it thinks a scientist’s research may be wandering into restricted territory. At issue is the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), an exceptional tool that combines genome scans of millions of individuals with extensive data on health, education, occupation and income. It is essential for research on how genes and environment influence human characteristics. No other widely accessible American database comes close in terms of scientific utility.
My colleagues at other universities and I have run into problems involving applications to studying the relationship between intelligence, education, and health outcomes. Sometimes, the NIH denies access to some of the traits I mentioned, on the grounds that studying their genetic basis is “stigmatizing.” Sometimes, it demands updates about ongoing research, with the implied threat that it may withdraw use if it doesn’t get satisfactory answers.
When people say that something is “like a religion,” they usually mean that people feel so passionately about the ideology that it overrides any other consideration, including rational inquiry. But most Americans no longer feel that passion for religion. And yet, it seems necessary to keep passionate beliefs about people something In the modern world, movements such as Wakism and Denial of Choice have replaced religion as the new faith-based ideology.
It’s about protecting feelings. The feelings of people who don’t want to believe that the Bible was wrong about the size of the solar system, and the feelings of people who don’t like the idea of investigating whether certain genetic profiles are associated with lower socioeconomic success.