What Is the Religion of America - Secularism?
The problem for America and Christianity
Mainstream America can no longer claim to be Christian; anti-Christian agendas have taken over the media and the political power structures across the culture. The American Christians of today are mocked and barely tolerated in every public forum across the society. In looking back to the past, our forebears would not be able to recognize anything Christian about this country today in comparison with their day. Many of those forebears did go to church, but not in their cutoffs, Levis, or in sandals and balancing their coffee cups and donuts while listening to Christian Rap from a bunch of kids who have no idea what Christianity is all about. Actually, in reality, Christianity has never been the 'religion' of America in a state-recognized sense. But Christianity has certainly influenced the moral structure of the society as a whole. In fact, Christianity in its basic form was never intended to be anything other than leaven in a culture, never the whole loaf until the Christianizing process was completed and the Kingdom of Heaven was at hand.
Titles: Pro and Con Regarding Secularism
Debating for God
It is said regarding Campbell that 'No clergyman of his time exerted himself more vigorously in combat with the infidels of the period.'
The Religion of America is Secularism
Secularism is not neutral and unbiased, and Secularism is not the opposite of religion. Secularism is a religion, yet not recognized as such. And, in the natural sphere of things, Secularism is the most powerful, yet almost unnoticed, faith in America.The very same facts, patterns, and categories that tell the observer that Christianity in its many types. When one looks at at the writings of all religions including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, or Sikhism, it is easy to observe that Secularism fits right in with its articles and books on how to live as a Secularist in a secular society.
Regarding Dogma and Doctrines
Secularism, like other religious structures has definite beliefs, doctrines, and cultural lifestyles. Secular has dogmas, predictable patterns of existence and definite cultural lifestyles. Secular dogmas and doctrines are defended to the utmost, secularists get very upset and nasty when you speak against their established mindsets. Secularists have very definite beliefs about God and anything related to Him via Christianity. They have less problems with Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. They are very able to quickly identify those who have heretical teachings and beliefs that fall out of their mainstream belief structure. Dissidents are not allowed.
Secular Fundamentalism is a Religion
Secularists are more fundamental in their belief structure than even the so-called Christian Fundamentalists; the Christians Fundamentalists are almost totally unable to agree among themselves about anything other than their no compromise positions such no to abortion, homosexuality is a sin, and other non-popular stands.
A secularist teacher might say to a class, "Class, I want you to learn to think for yourselves." Sounds good, but what it really means is "Here is the truth: accept and believe it or fail the class." For example, shortly after obtaining a B. A. in Biblical and Religious studies from Fresno Pacific, I took the California CBEST test to receive a teaching credential. My total score after the test was higher than most of those who teach others how to take and pass the test yet my English score on the test was mediocre, my salvation was in my math and critical thinking areas, but English was normally my strong suit. My problem was that I got 'religious' in my essay in answer to a secular question; I am sure that I offended the reader's belief structure and would probably have failed it altogether except for the danger of my complaining and a subsequent review. Such is life in modern secular America and especially in the teaching ranks (I got my credential and ended up as a teacher for 28 years).
The Forms of Secular Worship
Secularism condemns icons, crosses and other religious objects used by Christians as part of their structure. Yet, they use signs, symbols, and ceremonies themselves. They constantly preach and teach their own form of spirituality with a fervor and fanaticism that would put the most evangelical Christian to shame in comparison. The clergy of secularism consists of politicians, educators, academics, professionals, the monied class, and ultimately, those in political power such as most of our recent Presidents.
The Support Structure for Secularism
Secularism is an 'organized' religion; in fact, Secularism does not practice what it preaches in regards to the separation of church and state. The secular religion infiltrates every level of government in this nation today, it infiltrates the classroom at every level, it infiltrates to such a degree that those who profess Christianity are muzzled and unable to speak to their belief in God and Christ for fear of losing their jobs. The nation is filled with secular people in power with agendas whether they know it or not. They have been spending their time for generations now in their crusade to change America into a secular, socialist, nation and have now almost totally succeeded. In all of our institutions across the culture, secular dogmas and doctrines have replaced the basic moral teachings of Christianity. The Enlightenment has almost finished its course.
The Secularist Integration of Church and State
Secularism has finished its primary task in America, the marriage of state and church in its own form, while continually giving lip service to the lovely term "separation of church and state." They have succeeded so well that a recent President has been able to state when confronted with conflicts with the formerly revered U. S. Constitution over some legislation that he was proposing, "the Constitution is just a g-d piece of paper", this without an uproar other than a few voices crying out in the wilderness of the internet. Secularism has succeeded in not being obvious in being the religion that it is.