Monday, 1 April 2013

The Thief of Rage - The Need for Secularism





We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Those words, surely  numbered among the greatest words of English ever written, are sufficient to make even an Englishman’s heart fill with passion upon reading or hearing their truth. It is hard to find anything quite so moving, so stirring unless it is this, and from a very British perspective, by Winston Churchill:
We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
One stirs my heart by its undeniable truth, the other by its indomitable spirit. Two world renowned sets of words that say all there is to be said about freedom. The first a statement of intent from a burgeoning nation freeing itself from the shackles of an oppressive empire, the second from the selfsame fading empire as it prepared to defend the rights mentioned in the former. “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness – we shall never surrender.”
I wonder though how either nations can defend against the insidious attack that comes not from without but within?
The problem is paradoxical but also ironic. We have one great nation which grew to world prominence having broken the chain that connected church and state now with a vast group of Fundamental Christians growing in power whilst the other nation, founded on church and state sees a shrinking of the Christian faith and a growth of secularism.

"Secularism is not an argument against Christianity, it is one independent of it. It does not question the pretensions of Christianity; it advances others. Secularism does not say there is no light or guidance elsewhere, but maintains that there is light and guidance in secular truth, whose conditions and sanctions exist independently, and act forever. Secular knowledge is manifestly that kind of knowledge which is founded in this life, which relates to the conduct of this life, conduces to the welfare of this life, and is capable of being tested by the experience of this life." – George Jacob Holyoake.



"The United States Constitution serves as the law of the land for America and indicates the intent of our Founding Fathers. The Constitution forms a secular document, and nowhere does it appeal to God, Christianity, Jesus, or any supreme being. The U.S. government derives from people (not God), as it clearly states in the preamble: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union...." The omission of God in the Constitution did not come out of forgetfulness, but rather out of the Founding Fathers purposeful intentions to keep government separate from religion.” - www.nobeliefs.com

"As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen (Muslims),—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan (Mohammedan) nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” – Treaty of Tripoli 

 "Organised religion has nothing to do with faith but everything to do with power. Power corrupts. There is nothing as corrupt as a church whose only desire is to control those it ensnares with its dogma, its ritual, its arrogance and its manipulation of history. There is nothing so blind as faith. There is nothing so perverse as fundamentalism of any faith.There is no religion on the moon and whatever force created us also created that. The only spanner in the works is man."  - Russell Duffy



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2 comments:

Vanessa V Kilmer said...

Ah, yes. That's why I left The Church. I have no problem with some of its spiritual teachings (they are eternal and are shared by most religions) but their dogma's sole purpose is to enslave the populace also shared by a religions.

BlackEmpress said...

If I had to opt for something, I'd choose your way!