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The crisis of secularism

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When senior clergymen have nothing better to do, which is usually all the time, they love to complain about the threat of secularism, which they always depict as barbarism on a stick, essentially; a kind of dark atheist totalitarian nightmare where religion has been stamped out and we've all reverted to a kind of amoral hedonistic savagery. Well, whatever that may be, and however attractive it may sound to some people, that is not secularism. Secularism doesn't mean no religion. It means religion for those who want it and no religion for those who don't. It means freedom of religion and freedom from religion in equal measure, for a change. It means less unearned power, privilege and influence for the political organisation of religion and the people who make their living from it, but not for anybody else. So naturally clergy regard it as the work of Satan. As do evangelical leaders, according to a poll from last summer. Although many ordinary Christians are rightly worried about the spread of Islam, their leaders, the ones who make a living from their religion, regard secularism as a greater threat. Of course they do. (Send money now, by the way, in Jesus' name.) Recently an American Christian judge made the extraordinary statement that secularism leads to sharia law, which is a bit like saying that penicillin causes infection. American judges are not known to be the brightest bulbs on the Christmas tree at the best of times, so we can probably give this guy the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was confusing secularism with multiculti dhimmitude. A person who opposes Christianity but who appeases and enables Islam is not a secularist. The word for such a person is a dhimmi. Well, there are other words, but I want to keep the language in this video as clean as I can so that the whole family can enjoy it. In fact, secularism is the only way to guarantee that sharia law can never get a foothold, so Christians, if they had any sense, would be lobbying for it and voting for it in droves. If they had any sense. The truth is that secularism is under threat today in a way that it hasn't been for many years, thanks partly to the uncompromising nature of the religion of permanent offence, and also thanks to our ridiculous culture of accommodation and unwarranted respect for religious belief, which Christian leaders are exploiting to the max, of course, because they are politicians first and foremost. They don't seem to care that, in misrepresenting secularism for their own selfish ends, they're aiding and abetting the most virulent and dangerous form of religion on the planet, political Islam. Unlike the fantasy sin of denying the holy spirit, that's a sin that really is unforgivable, because Islam has only been a prominent feature of western life for a couple of decades or so, yet in that short time it has managed to eat into our basic civil liberties with constant demands for special treatment always backed by the implicit threat of violence. As a consequence, our diet has been adulterated with the barbarism of halal, we have sharia courts here in the UK where women are treated as less than human, and all over the western world we've been saddled with repressive hate speech laws that are more dangerous than the opinions they criminalise, all in the name of not offending Islam. Wherever this religion goes in the world, there's intolerance and there's conflict, and people become less free. The evidence is right there for us. We have no excuse. It's happening before our very eyes in the wake of the so-called Arab spring. Surely it's obvious that only a rigorously secular society is capable of keeping Islam at bay. Well, not apparently to Christian clergy, who carry on blithely spreading their lies and depicting secularism as the epitome of evil. None more assiduously than the Pope of Rome who claims that secularism has left deep scars on traditionally Christian countries. Really? I bet they're nowhere near as deep as the scars the Catholic Church has left. He shouldn't be so modest. He says that humankind is groping in the dark unable to distinguish between good and evil, when in fact over the last few years we've had ample evidence that it's the Catholic Church and the men who run it who are unable to distinguish good from evil. This pope presided over years of child rape by Catholic priests and did nothing about it, then stonewalled the issue when it confronted him. Every concession has had to be dragged out of him. The fact that some people still regard him as a source of moral authority is frankly perverse. It's as if OJ Simpson ran for US president and won in a landslide. Yet this wretched man has the nerve to depict secularism as somehow immoral. To him, the only thing worse than a secularist is a secularist wearing a condom. He has even gone to the trouble of setting up a whole new evangelical unit within the Vatican to combat what he calls the crisis of secularism. That's right, the crisis of religious freedom, the freedom of everyone to believe whatever they like and to worship whatever they like, but not to impose it on others, which, again, is what secularism actually means. And the Pope is against this, which shows that he knows better than Jesus, because if we all took the advice of Jesus to keep your religion to yourself and seek the kingdom of heaven within we would automatically have a secular society because we'd have no need for the political organisation of religion or the professional parasites we know as clergy. They are the only people in any way threatened by secularism, and that's why they're the ones who are always bleating about it. Peace.

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Duration: 5 minutes and 48 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Producer: http://www.patcondell.net
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Posted by: patcondell on Aug 30, 2012

There isn't enough of it.

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