Modern society is now led by a worldview that is beyond atheism and beyond agnosticism (Council for Secular Humanism). The more enlightened secular humanism has emerged to lead the masses towards peace, joy and hope, exploring all possibilities, closed only to the belief in God.
According to Wikipedia, secular humanism is a philosophy or life stance that “embraces human reason, ethics, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the basis of morality and decision making.” One of the major tenets or principles states:
“We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance.” (www.secularhumanism.org)
Another fundamental principle is the belief in “the cultivation of moral excellence”. I think there is a need to understand the definition of tolerance and the definition of excellence, so that we can fully grasp the scope of these tenets, as they do appear contrary to a dogmatic mind. A dogmatic mind is one that is “inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true” (Google), and is the mind of people of faith, who hold to a fundamental belief in God.
According to Dictionary.com, tolerance is “” Excellence is defined as “the fact or state of superiority”, leading us to seek an understanding of what is superiority. Quite simply, superiority means that something is higher, better…which means other things are inferior, worse. This requires an ability to judge and to discriminate between what is better or worse or, in absolutes, what is good or bad.
Therefore, can excellence and tolerance truly co-exist equally? Secular humanists feel that their superiority is their ability to live with the tension of the two…striving towards excellence, yet tolerating (while rejecting) inferior worldviews. However, people of faith, who are prone to refute the existence of dual opposing truths admit that to truly pursue excellence, tolerance must (at times) give way! We are not afraid to call a spade ‘a spade’.
Christians are clear in what we consider wrong or right, good and bad. We have the Bible which guides our beliefs, much like secular humanism have their Affirmations of Humanism. According to our holy book, we boldly take stands against abortion, sexual immorality, homosexuality, murder and so on. We are able to take those stands, while still extending love and compassion to those who commit sin. Our slogan is “hate the sin, love the sinner!”, just like our God hates our sin and loves us passionately. If, at times, we fail to practice what we profess, the problem is with our humanity and not with our Faith. The mere fact that we are able to identify and judge sin for what it is makes us intolerant in their eyes.
However, Humanists cannot seem to proclaim anything to be absolute, and in their promotion of tolerance above all else, they will never achieve the moral excellence they profess to strive for! They live in a duality of conflicting views, and are prone to “doublespeak”. They utter with one breath that they will fight for your human right to hold your religious views, and with the other, they campaign, connive and seek to overthrow the foundation of that fundamental right! It is like a so called friend who says to you: “I love you, brother, and I will always fight against any threat to your right to life. But you know, if you willingly give up your life, the world will be a better place!” Basically, die already!
They can’t come right out and attack your right to your religion, because that would go against their tolerance mantra. However, they seek to persuade you, trick you, bully you out of your faith, which they undermine as inferior and ignorant. Consider this tenet from their Council: “We deplore efforts to denigrate human intelligence, to seek to explain the world in supernatural terms, and to look outside nature for salvation.” (my emphasis). I looked up the word denigrate, and according to Google, it means to “criticize unfairly”. WOW! For a philosophy that is built on fairness and justice, that is quite a contradiction. Yet that is what so many atheists do. While Christians preach to build faith, atheists criticize to destroy faith. An act that is equivalent to hurling rocks at someone’s residence and saying: “We’re not trying to make you homeless, we just want to destroy your house!”
To fully grasp the dichotomy that is the dual belief in tolerance and excellence as equals, you might want to consider the case of a school. Would you really want to send your child to a school whose slogan reads “Towards Tolerance and Moral Excellence”? Wouldn’t you be a little concerned that they may be confused? That they would not be able to hold to any moral standards, because of their profession of tolerance. And if you were an advocate for tolerance, wouldn’t you be concerned that they would be pushing their “superior morality” on your children, who you wish to remain open to all views? It doesn’t add up. It would be a school divided against itself, and really in no place to lead or teach your children!
The truth is that, in all their doublespeak about religion, their rejection of it is fundamental in their beliefs and practices, and thus, they CANNOT tolerate religion. Yes, the war has not been declared officially. It is still very much a human right. But, all you need to do is read their literature, and you will know that they are well on the way of making that right a thing of history! Take for instance, a blog post I read yesterday called Eradicating Religion. The title alone says it all, but when you read it, you will see that the masks have fallen off, and there is deep hatred against any belief in God. In another post that linked off one of my posts making these same claims, another Atheist boasts about his readiness to defend believers against true religious persecution. The double speak is so blatant there, as I pointed out in my comments.
A characteristic of narcissism is to make the victims believe that the abuse is all in their heads! That is exactly what secular humanism is doing to people of faith, as they undermine and attack our beliefs with their “superior wisdom” and “tolerant affirmations”. Indiscriminate tolerance doesn’t work because a house divided against itself cannot stand. You can’t exercise your right to depravity, while I also strive for moral excellence, and think that we’re equally right. Justice (as another professed ideal of secular humanism) is not tolerant. They refuse to comprehend that being intolerant of sin and evil doesn’t make one unloving!
Within their camp is a diversity of views ranging between compassion and selfishness. The only thing they are truly united for (or agree on) is the elimination of God and the belief in Him. I’d rather they would just come right out and say it, and stop pretending that we don’t know that the jig is up! Quit the doublespeak, politically correct mumbo jumbo and come right out with it! You think my right to religion stinks!
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