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January 07, 2012

Secular humanists wonder: If you can’t beat Christians, can you pass laws to make them go away?

Pitirim Sorokin once commented that when a particular worldview is in its death throes, it redoubles its viciousness. I’m no prophet,  but I don’t have to be one to see that many secular humanists, faced with the crumbling foundation of their worldview, will redouble their efforts in 2012 to trying to legislate Christianity (and Christian ethics) out of existence.

Commenting on the horrific video of a child run over and killed in China with nary a glance from passers-by, Cheryl K. Chumley writes in the Washington Times (Nov. 14, 2011, p. 36), “While it’s still nearly impossible to envision such a scene as oc­curred to that little Chinese girl replicating in the streets of America, the simple fact is once God is removed from society, so too are moral constraints. And we’re not as far from that scenario as we’d like to believe.”

Well, we’re getting closer every day. On Oct. 31 the Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the removal of roadside crosses honoring fallen Utah Highway Patrol troopers. And the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to overturn San Diego State University’s policy of allowing campus clubs to choose their own leader­ship except when those clubs are religious in nature, leading to a situation in which a homosexual group could deny a leader­ship position to a Christian, but a Christian group could not deny a leadership position to a homosexual.

Human Events (Nov. 11,  2011, p. 6) points out that the House of Representatives recently tried to clear up the confusion with a resolution reminding folks that “In God We Trust”  is the national motto. Who were they reminding? Pri­marily President Obama, who mistakenly declared the national motto to be E Pluribus Unum, “out of many one.”

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