The recent US presidential election embraced secularism as the favored worldview in America. The “melting pot” of traditional America is now being replaced with an advanced model of multiculturalism. Multiculturalism is characterized by the cultural and moral relativism of the secular worldview. Secularism has been firmly established in Europe for many years. European secularism has yielded lower birth rates, lower economic growth, higher government presence in the economy and culture, reduced church attendance, increased tensions regarding religious freedom, and a growing sense that European failures of secularism bode poorly for the prospects of the continent. The leaders of France, Germany, and Great Britain, recognizing the direction in which they are headed, have all stated that “multiculturalism” has failed and that it has produced “extremism” in addition to the aforementioned economic problems.
Despite such overwhelming evidence that condemns secularism, America may be embarking upon a similar journey that will surely not end well for freedom as we know it. Secularism has a long history of human rights violations and, along with radical Islam, represents the most significant threat to economic and religious freedom wherever these worldviews are dominant. The riots in secular Europe, which are a response to austerity measures imposed by world bankers, is a small example of the unrest that often precedes increased authoritarian rule. Freedom is determined by worldview.
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Secularism, which opposes the Judeo-Christian worldview, has a long history of religious persecution. According to the leading expert on democide (murder by government), R.J. Rummel, secular governments have killed more than 170 million people in the 20th century alone. Pre-20th century death counts by government (over 600 million) indicate that secular government is civilization’s greatest enemy. Records indicate that Islam, the #2 worldview measured by number of adherents, is responsible for approximately 270 million killed in its 1,400 year history. Moreover, Islam is the world’s leading perpetrator of religious persecution today, followed by secularism.
The Islamist will join the secularist in attacking the Constitution. The secularist wants to use the “separation of church and state” argument to eliminate the Judeo-Christian worldview from public life while the Islamist, in a “stealth jihad”, will use the freedom of religion (and multiculturalism) through judges, etc. to open the door for Sharia law, food regulation, sanctioned prayer, and state suppression of Christian expression. Both are using each other in a type of “termite strategy.” Termites destroy a house slowly from within; and then suddenly it collapses.
This worldview battle to thwart the United States (and its traditional Judeo-Christian worldview) can be seen in the international arena as well. The United Nations is predominantly a secular organization and derives approximately 25% of its funding from the US. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, OIC, represents 57 Islamic countries and is the largest voting bloc of nations within the United Nations of 193 member countries. These are the two largest international organizations focused on global rule in opposition to the Judeo-Christian worldview of the US. The secularists want one-world government through secular institutions while the Islamists want the Caliphate (using Sharia law) to rule the world. Both worldviews aspire to rule the world and see the Judeo-Christian US as the biggest obstacle to their objectives.
Secularists believe in a utopia based upon a secular government that will perfect mankind (which has been wronged by its institutions.) Secularists believe that more (and larger) government is necessary to overturn the negative liberties imposed by the Constitution in order to perfect man. Utopia is realized through social justice administered by the state. Freedom is the sacrifice; government control is the goal.
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According to Open Doors International, an organization focused on documenting the worldwide persecution of Christians, the top 31 persecutors of Christians in the world are Islamic countries. According to the World Evangelical Alliance, more than 200 million Christians (in at least 60 countries) are denied fundamental human rights annually, solely because of their faith. More than 100,000 Christians are killed worldwide in one year simply because of their faith.
Both secularists and Islamists depend upon moral relativism regarding their tactics to achieve their objectives. The secularists’ ideological hero is Saul Alinsky, author of “Rules for Radicals” (dedicated to Lucifer in the preamble.) The secularist playbook is substantially Machiavellian where the “ends justify the means.” The Islamist is also devoted to moral relativism through the Islamic doctrines of taqiyya (deception is approved if it advances the cause of Islam), hudna (temporary cease-fires can be established and honored until Islamic position strength is increased), and abrogation (subsequent Koranic verses supercede prior verses if they are in conflict.) This widespread moral relativism within these two worldviews makes the rules of engagement very complicated for Judeo-Christian advocates. In addition, secularists exert controlling influence over the educational establishment, the media institutions, the government, and a large part of the judiciary, making successful engagement all the more problematic.
Nevertheless, direct and vigilant engagement is required to prevent these two worldviews from dominating America. Should that battle be lost, America will become like any other country on earth. American exceptionalism will have come to an end. Freedoms will sunset. There will be no place to run. Tyranny will return to dominate the world as it has throughout recorded history.
Winston Churchill said “An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last. Victory will never be found in taking the line of least resistance.” Arnold Toynbee said in A Study of History that “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder.” The 2012 voter turnout percentage was lower than 2008 or 2004 at a time when the worldview choices represented by the presidential candidates was the most dramatic in decades.
The contest among Judeo-Christianity, secularism, and Islam will grow more intense through the 21st century. The current rise of the secular worldview bodes poorly for the future when considering the past. The secularists and Islamists have the will, but not the power (yet) to destroy the Judeo-Christian way of life in America. However, the great blessings and achievements of the Judeo-Christian worldview (which maximizes freedom and equality of opportunity) should inspire Americans to return to the freedoms envisioned by our founders, which will restore the country that we love.
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