The Birth of Secularism in the United States
During the birth of the United States, the Founding Fathers gathered all of the injustices that they experienced under England’s absolute authoritarian control by the Crown and the Church, and so took many steps to ensure that the same violations would never be experienced by the citizens of the new United States. With state sanctioned religions being common in Europe, the Founding Fathers recognized the need for the right to practice any religion you desire. This idea has now been interpreted to mean that faith and religion should be absent from government life and control and will be the crux of American culture. Based on various sources from the Founding Fathers, this is clearly not what they had intended. This paper will examine that they, Americans, relied on their Creator for strength during the Revolutionary War and they felt that religion would need to remain strong in American society for the nation to grow and remain strong. But this assurance was never incorporated into their First Amendment, sadly.
U.S. Constitution – Amendment 1
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
This Constitution was based on the limited knowledge of the Founding Fathers of religions in their time, mainly the Christian religions of Europe. The Founding Fathers were completely ignorant of the Absolute Totalitarian Supremacist Ideology of Islam and so made no provisions against it.
So in December, 1791 the First Amendment to the American Constitution was adopted, laying the foundations to State sanctioned secularism and the liberalisation of Christian doctrine. Christianity was no longer a preferred nor protected religion of the people of the United States of America. As America grew in stature and became the worlds most powerful leader, other nations tended to emulate the American doctrines and so began the slow demise of Christianity.
The Tyranny of Secularism
“But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before: though we know not just when, or why, or how, or where. Men have left God not for other gods, they say, but for no god; and this has never happened before.” (T.S. Eliot)
Sixty-one prominent scholars and writers issued a declaration that denounces absolute morality, the recent rise of “Christian fundamentalism.” The statement, called “A secular humanist declaration,” warns that the reappearance of dogmatic authoritarian religions “threatens intellectual freedom, human rights, and scientific progress.” The group assails “fundamentalist, literalist and doctrinaire Christianity; a rapidly growing and uncompromising Moslem clericalism in the Middle East and Asia; the reassertion of orthodox authority by the Roman Catholic papal hierarchy; nationalistic religious Judaism; and the reversion to obscurantist religions in Asia.” It also says that it is immoral to “baptize infants, to confirm adolescents, or to impose a religious creed on young people before they are able to consent.”The declaration appeared in the first issue of a secular humanist magazine, “Free Inquiry,” edited by Dr. Paul Kurtz. In its statement, the group contends that “men and women are free and are responsible for their own destinies and that they cannot look toward some transcendent Being for salvation.” Furthermore, it is asserted that supernatural religion and revelation are enemies of rational progress. “We are apprehensive that modern civilization is threatened by forces antithetical to reason, democracy and freedom.” The group confesses their faith in the “scientific method” as the most reliable way of understanding the world.
What is secular humanism? It is a way of life and interpretation of life that embraces only the natural order of things. It believes that neither God nor the realm of spiritual reality are necessary for life and thought. Secular humanists call for greater personal freedom and a responsibility that goes along with such freedom. Such secularism is also the authority by which individuals are guided in the choices they must make. Autonomous man decides the values of man, what is morality and interprets the meaning of history. With this philosophy there is nothing that prevents the take over by some kind of ideology that can bring subjection to tyranny.
Secular humanism claims that as a philosophy it favours exclusion of religion in making moral and political decisions. But man cannot eradicate religion. Human beings are ineradicably religious and, therefore, the secularization process only produces a new form of idolatry. In our modern age, this idolatry has taken different forms, ranging from the worship of the state to astrology. During the early years of the French revolution, the Commune, the Jacobins, the Girondins, and the Montagnards all hoped that devotion to the young republic would become the religion of the people, that the new Trinity Liberty, Equality, and Fraternitywould replace the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the furtherance of this new Trinity could be made the overriding aim of the social order and the final test of morality.
How tolerant was the secular religion of the French revolution? It tried to de-Christianize France. Joseph Fouche (1759-1820), prominent leader in the reign of Terror, minister of police under the Directory and the servant of Napolean and Louis XVIII, issued rigorous rules for the clergy. They were not allowed to wear clerical dress, or perform religious ceremonies outside their churches, and must marry. He abolished Christian funeral services and cemeteries had to display an inscription telling the public that “death is an eternal sleep.” So much for enlightened rationalistic secular tolerance!
Who were some of the co-signers of the “Secular humanist declaration?” Dr. Henry Morgenthaler from Montreal, the physician who became famous for his abortion practices; Dr. Joseph Fletcher, a theologian at the University of the Virginia Medical School, who became one of the most influential spokesmen for “situation ethics.” He believes that “the ruling norm of Christian decision is love: nothing else.” He says that love dictates abortion on the ground that no unwanted or unintended baby should be allowed to live. He declares that: “Whether any form of sex – hetero, homo, or auto – is good, depends on whether love is served.”
Dr. B.F. Skinner, the noted retired Harvard psychologist, is well-known for his anti-Christian views. For Skinner, man is only the product of conditioning, a collection of what has been in the past: your genetic makeup and your environment. Dr. Francis Schaeffer comments about Skinner’s behaviourist school of psychology: “Man is accepted as a machine, and he is treated as a machine. Such professionals are there by the hundreds, some of them with understanding, some of them with power, some of them only in little places. In some places they control the educational process down into the earliest days of school.”
***Secularism is the enemy of Biblical Christianity. The Christian life is based on the Word of God and directed to God’s glory. Satan will try to destroy this God-centred living. God is not satisfied with partial service. Because He is God, He demands our complete surrender. He alone wants to have the first and the last word. He doesn’t like to share Himself with anyone or anything else. Secular humanism doesn’t liberate, but enslaves. Jesus said: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31).
Johan D. Tangelder
Pope Benedict XVI vs. Secularism
by Benjamin Wiker Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 7:47 AM Comments
I think it will be some years before we understand how great a legacy Pope Benedict XVI will be leaving us.
Part of that legacy to be especially treasured will be the Pope’s reflections on the dangers of the increasingly aggressive secular state.
His (Pope Benedict XVI) warning: In the West, and now especially in the United States, the state is increasingly pushing a secular agenda. Pushing that agenda through means driving the Church, not just out of the public square, but out of the culture. The threat to religious liberty is very, very real.
In January 2012, Pope Benedict addressed U.S. bishops from Baltimore, Washington and the Archdiocese for the Military Services during their ad limina pilgrimage to Rome, telling them, “It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States comes to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres. The seriousness of these threats needs to be clearly appreciated at every level of ecclesial life. Of particular concern are certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms: the freedom of religion.”
At about the same time that the Pope was warning the U.S. bishops (and, indirectly, all Americans) about the threat to religious liberty by radical secularists, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services was busily illustrating it.
That very January, the secretary of the HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, delivered a mandate informing all religious institutions — especially Catholic universities and hospitals — that they would have to provide contraceptives, abortifacients and sterilization in their insurance plans.
The HHS mandate is not an isolated incident, but part of a larger, longer campaign by the secular-minded in Europe and America to shrink the presence and influence of Christianity in the world until it finally disappears from history, thereby reversing the effects of the Church’s 2,000-year evangelization.
The Pope’s call for a New Evangelization — a redoubling of Pope John Paul II’s efforts — is made in the face of this very real threat. ***The fate of the Church in the third millennium depends in large part on our response to the active secularization that has done so much to erase Christianity during the final two centuries of the second millennium.
In order to respond prayerfully, we need to comprehend the real scope of the secular threat.
Benedict is a man deeply read in history, and so he understands very clearly that aggressive secularization has been gaining political ground since the horrors of brutal de-Christianization during the French Revolution. It happened in France; it happened in Russia and the Soviet satellites; it happened in other ways, with the imposition of the pseudo-religion of Nazism that took over his homeland, Bavaria; it continues today in all of Europe’s liberal democracies.
And, as the Pope warned, secularization has come to the United States of America.
Take down the Ten Commandments. No Bible reading in schools. No public prayer. Clear away the crèche. No “Merry Christmas.” Affirm “gay marriage.” And, as we’ve seen with the HHS mandate, “Thou shalt participate in the sexual revolution.”
The message of all such radical secularism is clear: “You will bend the knee before the state.”
The secular state often puts the message in more inviting terms, terms which should sound like a very familiar temptation: “If you will bend the knee before me, then I will give you all the splendor and pleasures of the world.”
***Secularism is, by definition, the affirmation of this world and the rejection of the next. It is historically rooted in a materialism that denies the existence of God, the angels, the soul and the afterlife. Its fundamental “this-worldliness” is the source of secularism’s antagonism to the Church.
As Pope Benedict has warned, this antagonism is often disguised as a beneficent affirmation of plurality. But when contemporary secularists preach tolerance, they practice what the Pope has called a “negative tolerance,” a “new intolerance,” complete with “standards of thinking that are supposed to be imposed on everyone” — what we in America call “political correctness.”
The result, the Pope has noted, is actually the “abolition of tolerance, for it means, after all, that religion, that the Christian faith, is no longer allowed to express itself visibly.”
That result is, of course, the real aim of secularism: the removal of Christianity from culture.
The seemingly beneficent affirmation of plurality has, as Pope Benedict noted, a deeper manifestation — the promotion of relativism. Relativism says with a kindly smile, “Let us affirm all views as equally good; all ways of living as equally admirable; all thoughts as equally true.”
But again, hidden beneath the extended velvet glove of affirmation is often an iron hand ready to impose what the Pope has rightly called “a dictatorship of relativism.”
As he warned the conclave that would end up electing him to the papacy, “We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”
That “egoism” is inherent in the secular denial of God and the materialist reduction of good and evil to personal physical pleasure and pain.
With no God to define good and evil, people become their own little gods, creating their own moral rules that maximize this-worldly satisfactions.
In response, Pope Benedict has issued a call “for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity, endowed with a strong critical sense vis-à-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church’s participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”
That call was given directly to the visiting U.S. bishops in January 2012 as an essential task of the New Evangelization, one that also includes “a convincing articulation of the Christian vision of man and society” as the true alternative to radical secularism.
Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., is a speaker and author of 10 books, his latest being
Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion.
How Muslims will Infiltrate Western Democracies
By taking advantage of western laws, Western liberalism, Western secularism, Western laws on Human Right and Civil Rights, Western Social Welfare Systems, Western concepts of Freedom of Religion and Speech and Thoughts, Western Laws on Freedom of Movement, Islam will infiltrate and defeat Western Democratic Laws and Governance.
An Ex-Muslims Warning…Do Yourself A Favor And Read This
To the Infidel world:
I was born and raised as Muslim. My whole family is still Muslim. I know every genetic code of Muslim. I know Islamic brain. I live and breath with them. I am an insider. I left Islam when I understood that Islam is a sick and evil religion. Following are the Islamic message to the West.
To the infidels of the West:
Constitution for the new Islamic Republic of EU and USA is under construction.
We will fight the infidel to death.
Meanwhile American laws will protect us.
Democrats and Leftist will support us.
UNO will legitimize us.
CAIR will incubate us.
ACLU will empower us.
Western Universities will educate us.
Mosques will shelter us
OPEC will finance us
Hollywood will love us.
Koffi Annan will pass politically correct sympathetic statement for Jihadists.
Our children will immigrate from Pakistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Indonesia and even from India to the US and to the other Western countries. They will go to the West for education in full scholarship. America is paying and will continue to pay for our children’s educations and their upbringing in state funded Islamic schools.
We will use your welfare system. Our children will also send money home while they are preparing for Jihad.
We will take the advantage of American kindness, gullibility, and compassion. When time comes, we will stab them in the back. We will say one thing on the camera and teach another thing to our children at home. We will give subliminal messages to our children to uphold Islam at any cost. Our children in America will always care more about Islamic Country’s interest than US interest.
We will teach our children Islamic supremacy from the very childhood. We will teach them not to compromise with Infidel. Once we do that from the very early age our children won’t hesitate to be martyr. We will take over the Europe first and then US will be the next. We already have a solid ground in the UK, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, and now in the US.
Our children will marry Caucasian in Europe and in America. We will mixed with intricate fabric of the Western society but still will remember to Jihad when time comes. Who are we?
We are the “sleeper cells”.
We will raise our children to be loyal to Islam and Mohammad only. Everything else is secondary.
At the time of the real fight we will hold our own children as our armor. When American or Israeli troops shoot at us the world will be watching. Imagine,- Imagine the news in the world “Death of Muslim babies by infidels”.
We know CNN, ABC, CBS are broadcasting live. Al-Jazeera will pour gasoline on the fire. The news will spread like wildfire. “Americans killed 6 babies, 10 babies”. “Jews killed two women”,
Keep your Nukes in your curio cabinets. Keep your aircraft carrier or high-tech weaponry in the showcase. You can’t use them against us because of your own higher moral standard. We will take the advantage of your higher moral standard and use it against you. We won’t hesitate to use our children as suicide bomber against you.
Visualize the news flash all over the world, -Moslem mother is sobbing, -.crying. -.Her babies are killed by Jews and Americans, the whole world is watching live. Hundreds of millions of Muslims all around the world are boiling. They will march through Europe. We will use our women to produce more babies who will in turn be used as armor/shield. Our babies are the gift from Allah for Jihad.
West manufactures their tanks in the factory. We will manufacture our military force by natural means, by producing more babies. That is the way it is cheaper.
You infidels at this site cannot defeat us. We are 1.2 billion. We will double again. Do you have enough bullets to kill us?
On the camera:
We will always say, “Islam is the religion of Peace.”
We will say, “Jihad is actually inner Jihad.”
Moderate Muslim will say there is no link between Islam and Terrorism and the West will believe it because the West is so gullible.
Moderate Muslim all over the world will incubate Jihadists by their talk by defending Islam.
Using Western Legal system we will assert our Sharia Laws, slowly but surely.
We will increase in number. We will double again.
You will be impressed when you meet a moderate Muslim personally. As your next-door neighbor, coworker, student, teacher, engineer, professionals you may even like us. You will find us well mannered, polite, humble that will make you say, “wow, Muslims are good and peaceful people”, But, we will stab you in your back when you are sleeping as we did on 911.
There will be more 911 in Europe and in America. We will say, “We do not support terrorism but America got what it deserved.”
Muslims, CAIR, ISNA, MPAC and other international Islamic Organization will unite. We will partner with Leftist, ACLU, with Koffi Annan, and the UN, and if we have to then even with France. Fasten your seatbelt. The war of civilizations has just begun.
We will recite Quran and say Allah-Hu-Akbar before beheading infidels, as we have been doing it. We will video tape those and send it to all infidels to watch. They will surrender – ISLAM means surrender.
We will use your own values of kindness against you.
You are destined to loose.
Must be very depressing for you. Isn’t it?
as we say just before beheading.
Comments and Observations
There is without doubt that the secularist influence has come from America. The founding fathers of America were totally ignorant of Islam and never imagined that such an alien religion could ever influence America’s future and security.