In response to Torcaso v. Watkins, a case before the Supreme Court in 1961, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black made the following pronouncement: “among religions 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 others.” [The Philosophy of Humanism, Corliss Lamont; The Continuum Publishing Company, New York, New York, p.24.]
Secular humanist groups that meet together regularly have been granted religious tax-exempt status.
My major for my PhD at New York University was in religious education. The department very explicitly taught that any prospective dealing with “ultimate concerns” constituted religion.
The facts and more all support the position that secular humanism is a religion.
This being the case, we find the handwringing by the left over separation of church and state, their preparedness to expunge any hint of religion from anything remotely related to government, seems not to apply in regard to their own religion, secular humanism. That particular religion should be and is welcomed at all levels of public education, which receives lavish government support. In addition, we find secular humanism holding increasing sway in government legislation and judicial decisions.
These developments expose the reality that the interest of the left is not separation of church and state, but separation of the religion of others from the state while inserting their own at every possible opportunity. Jesus condemned hypocrisy, but apparently no such teaching exists among secular humanists.
The American Humanist Association has tried to justify this arrangement by asserting that secular humanism taught in schools is not really secular humanism as long as it is not taught under the heading of secular humanism. In other words, their position is that when the atheistic concepts are taught in public schools or government supported universities, this really does not constitute humanism. It is just the latest conclusions of good research.
It is interesting how that theory doesn’t work. The best evidence demonstrates that Intelligent Design represents the latest conclusions of good research, and yet it is banned from classrooms on the basis of it being religious. Based on this humanist theory, we should be teaching Christianity in our history courses, this being the dominant worldview of our nation up until recent decades. Yet, these humanists would be the first to try to block any initiative in that direction.
The reality is that secular humanism has been established as the official religion of the United States of America, and it receives substantial financial support in its propagation. This, of course, is clearly contrary to the First Amendment, but our courts, being what they are, seem not to mind.
Though this is bad enough, the plot continues to thicken as secular humanists are not content to merely teach their religion, but have now taken to imposing it on the rest of us.
This reality is clearly seen in the imposition of the gay agenda on those who do not willingly buy into it. With homosexuals constituting 2% to 3% of our society, it is evident that their agenda is being advanced with the help of secular humanists who are sympathetic to it. Humanists Manifesto II asserts: “the many varieties of sexual exploration should not in themselves be considered ‘evil.’ …. (I)ndividuals should be permitted to express their sexual proclivities and pursue their lifestyles as they desire.” [Ibid. p. 295] Therefore, the gay agenda constitutes a piece of the secular humanist agenda.
At the front lines of this battle is Jack Phillips, the Colorado Baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. He and his employees have now been ordered to go for sensitivity training. This is tantamount to forcibly indoctrinating noncompliant citizens into the catechism of government religion.
Where is the ACLU now that we need them? You guessed it. They are on the other side. They must be secular humanists. You can tell them by their hypocrisy.
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