Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
November 24, 2014
I lamented that Jim was probably, unfortunately, accurate in his gloomy assessment about the world ending with a "whimper," and I told him that founding father Samuel Adams had said, "While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader." I then asked Jim if he was familiar with Alexis DeTocqueville's famous quote: "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of their genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
Jim acknowledged that he was familiar with that quote, so I told him that additionally in DeTocqueville's DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA (1840), the French author and statesman expressed concerns regarding potential despotisms as follows: "Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate....After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community....The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided....It does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."
Jim quickly remarked that DeTocqueville seemed to be talking about the World Socialist Government desired by the Power Elite. And I told him that I thought he was exactly right, and that in my opinion, the only hope for Americans to avoid such an undesirable future was to return to being "good" (e.g., stop the slaughter of innocent preborn children by abortion, gruesome fetal experiments, etc.) by once again following Biblical moral principles upon which this nation was founded.
Jim was in complete agreement, but asserted that it would not be easy given the hold that secular humanism had upon the country. I agreed and recounted how HUMANIST MANIFESTO signer Charles Francis Potter in 1930 authored HUMANISM: A NEW RELIGION, in which he proclaimed: "Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism. What can the theistic Sunday schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?"
I stressed that the public schools had been the primary vehicle by which secular humanism had been promoted in the United States after Bible-reading and vocal prayer had been eliminated from public schools by the U.S. Supreme Court in the early 1960s. I further explained that in 1976, a leading secular humanist, Paul Blanshard, in an article had noted that the fact that "Johnny is in school until he is 16 tends to lead toward the elimination of religious superstition." And another leading secular humanist, Sidney Hook, in a publication a year later remarked that religious beliefs would be undermined "only by indirection, (by which) I mean the development of a critical attitude in all our educational institutions that will aim to make students less credulous to claims that transcend their reflective experience." Then a few years later, in a prize-winning essay in THE HUMANIST in 1983, John Dunphy wrote: "The battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom...between the rotting corpse of Christianity...and the new faith of humanism....Humanism will emerge triumphant."
Jim dejectedly replied that it seemed that secular humanism had indeed been triumphant, and I supported his conclusion by pointing out that not too long ago the Josephson Institute of Ethics polled more that 20,000 middle and high school students and found that an amazing 47% acknowledged that they had stolen something from a store in the past 12 months! Jim asked if our public school teachers and secular humanists actually tell students to steal, and I indicated that they do not do that. However, they do say the student is an autonomous moral decision-maker who should make up her or his own mind about what is right or wrong based upon the situation (situation ethics). I asked Jim to think about the profound moral implications of having students adopt that attitude toward life.
Not only has secular humanism been triumphant in the United States, but also in the whole world. For example, on October 28, 2014, the national news media reported that the Pope (Francis) was open to evolution (a basic tenet of secular humanism) and had said that "God is not a magician with a magic wand." In other words, God did not simply "create" Adam and Eve as THE HOLY BIBLE states. Does the Pope therefore believe that the miracle of Jesus and the loaves and fishes is also not true? Think of the tremendous implications of this lack of faith as well !
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