No matter how you look at any religion, in the end they all boil down to the same thing – a set of strong beliefs that people live by. Some people attribute their beliefs to religion and others don’t but you don’t have to be religious to have strong even radical beliefs. Alongside the well known religions of time, the unnamed religion of secularism (I use secularism in its broadest sense) has existed and is comprised of people who have just as strong a set of personal beliefs as any person of faith that they live by and would even fight for. So why should they be considered anything less of a religion? They shouldn’t.
Religious people base their beliefs on an officially recognized and established religion and it seems more often than not they have to defend those “ancient”, “primitive” or even “fundamentalist” beliefs of their faith because they are technically “old”, whereas secular persons can claim with progressive satisfaction that they are not religious and can be as radical and intransigent on behalf of their own standards as any religious fanatic but with total impunity. Do you see the dilemma? When you attribute your beliefs to religion then they lose their appeal, but radical beliefs and actions on behalf of “equality” and “human rights” are all the rage today. To be officially religious is a stigmatized position and to be secular frees one from all the associated baggage that is otherwise hurled at Christians. But it’s just semantics. Believing in God doesn’t make you anymore of a radical than believing in the flying spaghetti monster makes you open-minded.
Take abortion for example. Religious people who peacefully protest outside of abortion clinics and pray for those entering are labelled as extremists and activists: they are labeled religious fanatics. After all, what else could they be if they oppose abortion; they must be extremists. But how many people question the extremism that takes place inside of an abortion clinic? What about the babies killed? What about violence against protesters, arrests and prosecution? Is this not extremism? Is it not extreme for Planned Parenthood to launch a vicious campaign of slander and hate against the Komen Foundation for withdrawing their funding when it is their right to do so? Yes it is extreme. It is very extreme to attack a moral decision in order to continue immoral acts. It reeks of a religious fanaticism dedicated to its own goals at all costs.
In the war on religion, secularists know they can’t stop religion through persuasion because they have nothing to offer a person who is truly content with their relationship with God, so they resort to laws and measures that will punish Christians for their beliefs – for who they are. Take New York City for example. The city, backed by mayor Bloomberg, has just decided to evict and ban all religious groups from using public buildings from now on. Suddenly all these small, mostly Christian church groups around the city who cannot afford higher priced rentals or a building of their own have been displaced with nowhere to go. Do you think there is a big demand for these public buildings on a Sunday morning? No. In other words, the city would rather lose rental fees and leave the buildings empty than allow Christians to meet in them. You might say that it’s just a good policy to “separate church and state” but any honest person who actually knows what that phrase means knows that it is completely and deliberately misused by liberal secularists to discriminate against Christians. And that’s what has just happened in NYC.
And what about the Obama administration setting out new rules to force Catholic Health and Medical Institutions to violate their religious beliefs in that they provide contraception to their employees. Regardless of how you feel about contraception, do you think the government has a right to force you to do something that you are strongly opposed to?
And let’s not forget about the homosexual movement which does not care what trouble, harassment and persecution they put Christians through in order to achieve their goals. Regardless of how they reinterpret the Bible, the movement as a whole is very anti-religion. Let gays marry – I don’t care, but will it stop there? Will they be content with that right? No, because the morality and truth that Christianity teaches will always clash with their beliefs and it is always the nature of wrong to silence right. The push to eradicate religion is just that – snuffing out the ring of truth.
This is the issue – because secularists belong to no religion they can attribute their staunch beliefs to something else more appealing in an anti-religious age like “equality”, “progress”, “human rights”, etc and they get away with discrimination, bigotry and hate. When will this double standard be exposed? When will those who oppose religion, not just a radical violent religion, but also the peaceful ones admit that they themselves are an organized religion. It’s not the word “religion” that they hate, it’s the implications – God, morality and defined absolutes. Are secularists, atheists, and the like really so naive to think that they can eradicate religion without resorting to the same organized and irrational fanaticism that they accuse religions of practicing?
I don’t believe they are naively or inadvertently persecuting religious people – I believe they are deliberately doing so and that’s why “secular” and “irreligious” should be considered as fanatically religious as any Christian or Muslim.Advertisement