October 17, 2013
Many of our friends on the Left—libs, progs, Democrats, whatever they want to call themselves—insist that they have no religious beliefs. They’re too smart and sophisticated for religion.
But they do have things that they hold sacred, and will defend with a zeal not permitted to Christians.
If we Christians were to demand that anyone who says “There is no God” be charged with blasphemy and hate speech, fined, or imprisoned, what would people think of us? Of course, even though Christians don’t demand such things, libs ‘n’ progs always accuse us of doing so. The ACLU, the Freedom From Religion mob, and the Southern Poverty Law Center are always crying “wolf!” over Christians supposedly picking on their sniveling little clients, and they’re getting rich doing it.
But anti-Christian speech is never punished. It’s enthroned, applauded, rewarded, enshrined in television shows, movies, and public education.
Christians are not the ones demanding—and getting—stricter and stricter “hate speech” laws. Christians are not the ones being exalted by the courts and “human rights” agencies as a “protected class” that may never be offended. A person who belongs to a protected class—by virtue of his atheism, sexual carryings-on, foreign origin, skin color, or whatever else gives him an “identity”—has rights superior to those of anyone who doesn’t. Our courts, legislatures, and bureaucrats have created a superior class of citizens.
If a Christian were to demand that anyone be forced to pray, he’d be laughed out of court, after receiving a harsh tongue-lashing from the judge. But the courts routinely award atheists the power to stop people from praying.
Look at the things you can get in trouble for, these days. Any criticism of homosexuality, any refusal to “celebrate” it, will land you in hot water. Ask the couple in New Mexico who declined to photograph a lesbian mock-marriage, or the couple in Oregon who declined to create a custom-made “wedding” cake for one of these wing-dings, or the couple in Iowa who declined to have such an odious ritual performed in their art gallery. The state has hammered them. And they’re not the only ones, but the list is too long to reproduce here.
Meanwhile, libs ‘n’ progs are all over the media demanding that “climate change denial” be made a crime, punishable by fines and imprisonment—clowns like James Hansen in America and David Suzuki in Canada get the red carpet treatment when they call for this. Are they ever dismissed as fanatics?
The Left always demands that the coercive power of the state be brought to bear against anyone who speaks against any of the things that they hold sacred. Wrong opinions must be silenced! In the name of diversity, they insist on uniformity of thought.
If that’s not religious fanaticism, then what is it?
It’s true that Christians, hundreds of years ago, used violence to enforce belief, and committed devilish crimes in God’s name—usually against other Christians who had the “wrong” form of Christianity. Those acts were nothing that Jesus Christ or His apostles would have recognized as Christian. But it was centuries ago, and we have grown out of that ungodly phase of our development.
One of the favorite tactics of libs ‘n’ progs is to identify Christianity with Islam, as in, “Religious believers fly planes into buildings!”—as if anyone who’s ever done that has practiced any religion other than Islam. At the same time, they are remarkable for their deference to Islam. It can only be because they admire the rigor with which Islam deals with “infidels,” and wish that they could do the same.
So, yes, the Western world is in the grip of religious fanatics—people who use all the force that they can muster to suppress ideas that they don’t like. But they’re not Christian fanatics. They’re humanist fanatics.
Is it any accident that, at a recent pro-abortion rally in Texas, the supporters of abortion, humanists all, loudly chanted “Hail, Satan”?
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When all is said and done, Satan is the god of humanists and Satanism their religion. It goes all the way back to Genesis, when the serpent corrupted Adam and Eve with the temptation, “Ye shall be as gods.” They wish to be as gods, sitting in God’s seat, doing the things God does.
Let us close with the most famous humanist prayer, from “The Humanist Manifesto II”
“Using technology wisely, we can control our environment, conquer poverty, markedly reduce disease, extend our life-span, significantly modify our behavior, alter the course of human evolution and social development, and provide humankind with unparalleled opportunity for achieving an abundant and meaningful life.”
It’s all a load of bushwa, of course.
But still, their infernal master must be proud of them.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com