First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me. (Pastor Martin Niemöller, an opponent of the Nazi regime. He spent the last 7 years of Nazi rule in concentration camps)
From where does our moral guidance come? To ask the question of course implies that such things as morals exist, and that they are vital to our culture. This in and of itself is controversial. For nearly the past 2,000 years, Christianity has dominated Western thought, – especially Great Britain – establishing morality, ascribing ethics, and forming the foundational bedrock for the most powerful, prosperous and philanthropic nation that would ever exist – the United States of America.
In America, a country founded on Christian principles and ideology, a society in which shared values, faith, and culture created the greatest, most powerful country the world has yet seen, leaders recognized the critical importance of religious beliefs on the society:
“Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” George Washington
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
“The will of God prevails. In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time.” Abraham Lincoln
For nearly the next 250 years, the country held its core convictions close – through wars, cultural shifts, and growing populations and scientific discoveries, the ideas that had made America great created the moral foundations – the shared social contract – which became the bedrock on which the entire social order rested. However, with her prominent rise came a slow but steady questioning of the long-held values, the cherished beliefs, the faith and principles which were held in such esteem. In doing so, slowly and inexorably, deviancy was defined downward, the culture was permitted to coarsen, and Americans inevitably accepted a re-definition of their identity toward the elimination and repudiation of all which was previously held dear.
The Founding Fathers were transformed into evil, bigoted, slave owners. The documents of origination became blood contracts. Military triumphs were re-cast as cowardly, ignominious massacres. Heroes metamorphosed – like Dr. Jekyll – into villains. Scientific advancements and discoveries turned into acts of thievery and snobbery. The people were told again and again that their forebears, their country’s founders did nothing of which to be proud. Thus, faith – rooted as it is in connections to the past, passed down as inheritance through successive generations – was shattered.
Entering the chasm created by the Liberal war on faith (made ever wider by the flawed concept of Separation of Church and State) is Radical Secularism – a belief system based on “reason, science, critical thought and mutual respect” that elevates human beings above the petty differences of religion, culture and values. Instead, morals are arbitrary and abstract – formless until the prevailing sentiment settles upon which values are most expedient.
Radical Secularism has been striving to achieve a three-step goal, one of which is largely achieved. The initial concept of rendering all faiths as morally equivalent (that is, arriving at a point where no faith is superior to any other), has for the most part been accepted by the public. Speak to almost anyone who is not a fervent believer of their own faith and they will most likely agree for example, that Christianity is not “superior”, or “better” than Buddhism, Islam, Judaism or Aboriginal faiths, but merely “different”, or their “personal truth” – it works for them. It’s not that big a leap then, to reach the logical conclusion that Humanism is also a “different” way of looking at the world that allows someone to find their own “personal truth”, and becomes just another belief alongside the other faiths of the world. Thus, the first step, the goal of making all religions the same has been achieved.
The next step in the goal is to render all faiths neutered of their original intent and principles and replace or insinuate the inherent dogma with secularist ideology. In doing so, Secularists co-opt previously held doctrine and re-frame it in order to coincide with their own beliefs. Environmentalism, usurpation of human superiority by the perceived rights of nature, taxation as spiritual exercise, state-run welfare as example of charity and re-definition of gender and family roles have had the most immediate impact, especially with younger generations, as abandonment of “old ideas” takes hold.
The final step is acceptance and adoption of Secularism and Humanism as a whole. Doing so requires that the public expression of religious belief is frowned upon, if not outlawed. Beliefs contrary to the tenets of Humanism must be ridiculed, bullied and punished into submission – by force of law if necessary. Adherents of Humanism must be viewed as the only plausible, qualified candidates for leadership (governmental or scholastic) roles.
With the relentless rise of Liberal Radical Secularism and its theology, Humanism, will come an end to traditional faiths and religions in America. The century-long effort in classrooms across the country (from Kindergarten through Graduate school), has achieved the objective of teaching that humans are neither inherently good or evil, that morals and ethics are merely abstract concepts, and that the rights of society outweigh the rights of the individual. The effort to achieve moral relativism has relegated active participation in traditional faiths as somewhat anachronistic, if not overtly dangerous to the elitist liberal sphere and the mainstream media. Watch any news program during any story covering any faith, and the overwhelming sense is one of disquiet, ridicule, perplexity, and even hostility. The believers are closed-minded, anti-government, secretive, resistant to change, violent, old-fashioned, hard-core and have dangerous, racist, homophobic, unscientific and sexist ideas. If they do something of which liberals approve, it is in spite of their beliefs, and comes as a surprise.
We’ve reached the point where a cultural divide will widen to the point of conflict. Compromise is no longer possible, as the principles held by the opposing sides – Conservatism and Liberalism – are so anathema to the other that negotiation itself is viewed as capitulation. Direct confrontation is the preferred means of communication, and hostility rages. Motives are suspect, and intentions – real or imagined are colored by a wide brush of suspicion. We do not share objectives, values and precepts. Our paradigms are so opposed as to be abhorrent one to the other. This struggle will not end until one side destroys the other. We cannot co-exist.
As Lincoln, in a speech condemning slavery once quoted from the Bible, Mark 3:25 “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Sadly, this portion of scripture no longer even applies. We don’t even believe in the same God – if at all.