Religious Liberals and the God of Their Imagination
by Brannon Howse
"In the beginning man created God" is a poignant, if
now somewhat hackneyed, humanist approach to explaining where the notion of God
came from. And it may surprise you to have me say that I believe it's true.
While theirs is not the God Christians worship, liberal humanists have created a
Obviously, if a radical liberal believes abortion and
same-sex marriage are morally acceptable, that all religions are equal and all
truth is relative, and that the Bible is not the inspired Word of God, they are
responding to something other than the God presented in the Christian
Scriptures. They've imagined for themselves a way of being that obligingly
serves liberal desires and purposes of all kinds. This god of theirs is really
nothing more than a worldview in which man is the center and measure of all
things. Man is their god, and humanism is their religion.
The battle that rages in America today between radical
liberals and traditional conservatives (between blue state and red state
citizens) is a battle between two opposing religious worldviews-Secular
Humanism and Christian theism. Sadly, most Americans believe only what they've
been programmed to think-that humanism is a "neutral" position and belief
in God is somehow a skewed perspective. This non-religious mask of humanism is
why it is the only religion funded and promoted in America's public schools.
Teaching "non-God" is okay; teaching "God" is not.
Humanist organizations like the ACLU and other liberal
groups and individuals file lawsuit upon lawsuit to keep students from praying
over their lunches, mentioning God or Jesus Christ in their graduation speeches,
singing Christmas carols, having Christmas parties, or observing Thanksgiving as
an occasion to show gratitude to a Deity. While liberals fight to remove the
religion of Christianity from our schools, colleges, courtrooms, city halls,
city seals or from the city square, their "dirty little secret" is that they
don't want a religion-free zone. They simply want to replace the
Judeo-Christian faith and acknowledgement of God's place in our history with
their religion of Secular Humanism.
If Americans in large enough numbers would recognize that
humanism is a religion, religious liberals would not be allowed to usher
Christianity out the back door of our schools while the religion of humanism is
ushered in the front. To make sure you understand how "religious" humanism
actually is, take note of several telling facts.
In their 2003 New
York Times best-seller, Mind Siege,
Dr. David Noebel and Dr. Tim LaHaye explain, "The truth is, humanism is
unmistakably and demonstrably a religion. One need merely visit the second
edition of A World Religions Reader to
note the prominence given to Secular Humanism as one of the world's religions.
Indeed, in a list of the world's religions-Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism,
Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism-Secular Humanism is at the top."
Some argue that humanism, unlike Christianity, does not
force a specific set of religious positions and beliefs on people, but Dr.
Noebel points out, "Humanists preach a faith every bit as dogmatic as
Christianity. Moral relativism is foundational for Secular Humanist ethics;
spontaneous generation and evolution are basis to their biology; naturalism is
foundational to their philosophy; and atheism is their theological
No less a source than the U.S. Supreme Court also validates
the claim that humanism is a religion. Again, Noebel explains:
In 1961, the Supreme Court handed down
the Torcaso v. Watkins decision
regarding a Maryland notary public who was initially disqualified from office
because he would not declare a belief in God. But the Court ruled in his favor.
It argued that theistic religions [religions that believe in one God] could not
be favored by the Court over non-theistic religions. In a footnote it clarified
what it meant by non-theistic religions.
The footnote to which Dr. Noebel refers was written by
Justice Hugo L. Black and elaborates the point: "Among religious in this
country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the
existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism, and
You'd think that since the Court itself acknowledges
humanism as a religion the groundwork would be laid for multiple lawsuits to
stop the federal funding of humanism in our schools, right?
It's way past time for Christian conservatives to
stop playing defense and go on the offense. The next time you hear of Barry Lynn
and other high priests of humanism attacking a cross on a city seal, the singing
of a Christmas carol in a school program, or a prayer spoken at a graduation
ceremony, be prepared to speak out against their true goal. They're in an
all-out campaign to eradicate Christianity for the religion of humanism. We must
make sure they don't win.
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