Secular Humanism’s Failing Legacy

Posted in Op-ed on March 4, 2010 – 12:05 pm

By Bill Koenig

Secular Humanism

Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics and justice, and specifically rejects the supernatural and the spiritual as warrants of moral reflection and decision-making. Like other types of humanism, secular humanism is a life stance focusing on the way human beings can lead good and happy lives.
(From the Harvard Magazine December 2005, p. 33).

Humanist Manifesto II – Excerpt from the Preface
Paul Kurtz and Edwin H. Wilson (1973).

As in 1933, humanists still believe that traditional theism, especially faith in the prayer-hearing God, assumed to live and care for persons, to hear and understand their prayers, and to be able to do something about them, is an unproved and outmoded faith. Salvationism, based on mere affirmation, still appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival.

New statements should be developed to supersede this, but for today it is our conviction that humanism offers an alternative that can serve present-day needs and guide humankind toward the future.

Secular Humanism’s Legacy

The following is the very revealing legacy of what secular humanism has brought to America.

The ‘me’ obsession
• What is in it for me?
• Excess pride, ego and narcissism
• Belief that man can influences the earth’s temperatures
• Whatever feels good do it
• An obsession with the rights of one person despite the effect on the population at large
• Excess wants and desires lead to materialism
• Idolatry – worshiping earthly gods
• Image obsession
• A belief that man can solve all the world’s ills (they will never acknowledge man’s sin nature)

Morality
• Liberal college and university professors shaping minds
• No absolute truths/moral relativism
• Moral drift due to no absolutes
• Establishment of laws when one’s “no-absolute” behavior gets out of control and infringes on others
• Loss of common sense
• Civil rights over morality a strategy used by the homosexual agenda
• Homosexual activists are aggressively attempting to force their acceptance into schools, companies, the military and the public
• Homosexuals call others intolerant but they aren’t tolerant of those who oppose them

Leaders
• Washington’s partisanship due to extreme beliefs and turf protection
• Special interests have more say than the American public
• Lack of civility
• Creating dependence on the government
• Socioeconomic and ethnic division due to a dependent mentality
• Excess federal government regulation and taxes

Universal god
• Unity of religions
• Unity to bring earthly peace
• Belief that there are many paths to a universal god
• Oprah Winfrey’s very popular new-age movement focused on man’s deity and spirituality
• Harry Potter books witchcraft
• Seventy percent of America participates in Halloween
• Evil is a state of mind that can be changed with the right influence not an internal battle between good and evil

An entertainment addiction
• Nationwide gambling explosion
• Greed at all levels of life in America
• An ever growing perversity on TV, movies, advertisements and online

Abortion
• Favor abortion – violence in the womb
• Pets have more rights than pre-born children in their mother’s womb

Family
• One of two marriages end in divorce
• Many mothers have chosen to enter the workplace so children can go to good schools and live in safe neighborhoods
• Children out of wedlock
• 30 to 35 percent of children don’t graduate from high school
• A more violent society
• Some schools have turned into war zones
• Record consumer debt
• 13 million US homes have no equity

Despair
• Epidemic of people turning to drugs and alcohol to cope with life and its struggles
• Confusion, disruption and division in our homes, schools, communities and governments
• Lack of righteousness
• Many living lives of despair, hopelessness and desperation
• Lack of civility

Nation is living the consequences of our sin

• Life will get worse and more difficult in America
• The Lord is longsuffering but judgment comes quickly
• Will America call on God’s name and repent for their wicked ways or suffer judgment?

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I
consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” ~ George Washington