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Secular Fundamentalism in America

January 12, 2005


Have you forgotten already?  Has the anger, angst and concern you felt just a few short weeks ago dissipated as you recall the opprobrious attempts by secularists to suppress your First Amendment rights, and oppress people of faith that were highlighted over this holiday season?  I haven't forgotten.  Indeed, I commence this new year with a renewed vigor to aggressively challenge the oppressive efforts of the radical Secular Fundamentalist element in America.

Here are just a few quick reminders:

  • A California School district forbids teacher from providing handouts that reference significant documents in U.S. history because they mention God.

  • In schools throughout the country students were forbidden to say Merry Christmas, hand out Christmas cards, or sing Christmas carols with religious references contained in them.

  • The right to display the Ten Commandments on public grounds has been lost or is being challenged in Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky and Texas to name a few.

  • The tax exempt status of churches is being actively challenged by extremist groups such Americans United for Separation of Church and State and their ilk using the argument that they receive benefits such as roads, sewers, police and fire protection!

  • The honorable Boy Scouts of America is facing legal attacks of unparalleled proportions from these same organizations due to their recognition of God.

  • School Choice is being aggressively opposed for fear it represents a "Trojan Horse" that will (oh dread) expose children to God.  This despite considerable support for school choice among a key liberal constituency minorities.

  • In Pennsylvania, Christians face up to 47 years in prison for reading the Bible in public during a homosexual event.

And many more egregious examples of attempts by such fundamentalists to restrict the freedom of religion, expression and individual liberty, from sea to shining sea, are ongoing.

Freedom and liberty, according to the American tradition, have been commensurate to a value .... a sacred unalienable right endowed to us by our creator.  Yet, on the hierarchy of sacred rights, freedom and liberty are being pushed aside by capricious and contrived new world axioms imploring that "though shalt not offend" (note: this axiom largely only applies to Conservatives and Christians).  In this left wing, politically correct netherworld, unabridged "freedom" should only be afforded to those who will not engage in activities that challenge the perceived inerrancy of liberal doctrine or their sanctified special interests .... or so is the illiberal world of the Secular Fundamentalist.

In nearly all aspects, barring the existence of a supernatural being, Secularism has established itself as a religion.  Secularists maintain a strict set of beliefs, values and ideals to which they pursue with an unyielding zeal and devotion that nearly parallels that of their Islamo-Fascist comrades; the core of which is the belief that considerations of (primarily the Judeo-Christian) God should be strictly excluded from civil affairs or public education.  And they actively support, maintain and proselytize these beliefs via highly organized means and institutions that are well funded by their donations.  The question remains though: What other tenets do they hold as gospel?  And from where are they derived?

The reality is, when one scratches just slightly below the already transparent surface of the secular Left, you find a Liberal or Socialist using secularism as a means to an end .... for if you remove God as the grantor of the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you relegate the sole authority to grant and maintain these rights to the state.  This is a Socialist's utopia and mankind's (historically proven) nightmare.  In furtherance of their statist faith, these fundamentalists seek to subjugate the will of those who embrace belief systems that threaten their own.  That is, the supremacy of rights endowed to man by a creator, over those architected by man and implemented via the state, threaten their very doctrinal foundation.  Clearly, pluralism is no longer a trait that the Left can claim, for they recognize that vetted truth, derived from free, fair and open discourse, will spell their continued dissolution.

In a now broadly distributed quote, it was the ACLU's founder, Roger Baldwin, who said: "We are for socialism, disarmament, and .... we seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth.  Communism is the goal."

Folks, simply connect the dots.

And as with all faith systems, Secularism has its zealots and radicals to what is already an extremist doctrine at its base.  These secular fundamentalists and their organizations such as MoveOn.org, the ACLU, American's Coming Together, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, etc., represent in my opinion, the proverbial "enemy from within" for those of us who embrace the American vision framed by our Founding Fathers.

Surprisingly, many in the Democrat Party, it appears, also deem these secular left wing-nuts as the enemy within and are progressing efforts to purge, or at least marginalize, this element from their ranks by promoting the "New Democrat".  This movement, spearheaded by The Democratic Leadership Council, apparently seeks to reestablish a more moderate party platform .... or at least tone.  According to their website: "New Democrats are the modernizers of the progressive tradition in American politics.  We believe in the traditional values that have always propelled the Democratic Party and we believe that the best way to further those values in a new era is to modernize our policies and programs to keep up with the changing times."

The very probable risk here, of course, is that the Democrats will be successful at modifying their liberal "new speak" to a tone that is more palatable to the American mainstream while not truly modifying their policies, or breaking away from the extremist forces within their party to which they have become so beholden . stay closely tuned.

Irrespective of Democrat Party platform changes or potential moderation in tone, this cultural-political war for the soul of America is very much in play.

Understand that what is now coined as the "culture war" comes down to one faith (secularism) seeking to suppress another; and cloaking secular oppression in the language of American liberty does nothing to mitigate this fact.

A controversial ad released by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) stated that "maybe we should just let religious fundamentalists (read Christians) take over the United States (after all, it's worked so well in Iran)."  Ironically, if mainstream Americans do not stand up against organizations such as AU, the ACLU, etc., then ceding control of America to radical fundamentalists is exactly what we will be doing.

 

Copyright Copyright 2020 by Gary Schneider & America's Voices, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Gary Schneider, a graduate of Norwich University's Military College of Vermont, is presently a Vice-President for Reuters, the world's largest news and television agency.  A Connecticut resident, he is the President and founder of TheRealityCheck.Org, Inc., a Conservative policy advocacy group established to promote and defend conservative social, political and economic principles nationally, through the origination and dissemination of commentary, analysis, news and research tools via the public Internet and other channels.  TheRealityCheck.Org, Inc. is located in Fairfield County, CT.  His articles have been published at IntellectualConservative, TheRightWing, CommonConservative and America's Voices.  You can contact Gary at gschneider@americasvoices.org.

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