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Secular Humanism

By Bill Lockwood

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Humanism is not a reference to humanitarian treatment of persons and/or animals. It is regrettably the current predominant philosophy of American educational life and the demoniacal religion sponsored and enforced by the government.

Humanism: a Religion

In 1961 the U.S. Supreme Court cited humanism as a religion in the case of Torcaso v. Watkins. "Roy Torcaso, a humanist living in Maryland, had refused to declare his belief in Almighty God, which was required by state law for him to be commissioned as a notary public. The Court ruled that requirement for such an oath "invades appellant's freedom of belief and religion" (AFA Journal, March '91, p. 6). Especially noteworthy was the footnote appended to the legal decision: "Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, secular humanism, and others."

The Humanist Manifestos I and II continually assert that the signers are seeking to propagate a religion to replace the "outmoded" faith in God and "belief in the Bible" idea.

Its Tenets

Based upon the nonsensical notion that mankind needs a new vision for a new age, the mawkish Manifestos (1933, 1973) stated:

Religious humanists regard the universe as self­existing and not created.

Humanism recognizes that man's religious culture and civilization are the product of a gradual development ...

Humanism asserts that the nature of the universe depicted by modern science makes unacceptable any supernatural ... guarantees of human values.

Salvationism ... appears as harmful, diverting people with false hopes of heaven hereafter. Reasonable minds look to other means for survival.

We believe ... that traditional dogmatic or authoritative religions that place revelation, God, ritual, or creed above human needs and experience do a disservice to the human species.... We find insufficient evidence for belief in the existence of a supernatural being. As non­theists, we begin with humans, not God, nature not deity.

Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful.

Science affirms that the human species is an emergence from natural evolutionary forces.

Ethics is autonomous and situational, needing not theological or ideological sanction.

The many varieties of sexual exploration should not in themselves be considered "evil."

Its Effects

To say that our society has been radically revolutionized by such crinkled and cross­eyed concepts is to state it fairly. One of the confessed goals of secular humanism, according to the dastardly declaration they style "manifesto," is: "The separation of church and state and the separation of ideology and state" while conniving for a "new world order" in which "national sovereignty" is sacrificed for the structuring of a "one­world government." Remember that humanism is classified by the Government and by themselves as a religion. At the American Humanist Awards ceremony they boasted that they have "conquered the entire public school system for Humanism."

If the reader will pause to reflect a moment, it will not be difficult to discover the incredible success that humanists have had in implementation of their dream. "Values Clarification" is practiced in many public school systems whereby "educators now perceive their job to be the complete 'resocialization' of the child-the complete reshaping of his values, beliefs, and morals" (Robert Webber, Secular Humanism, p. 83).

Test scores from school children continue dipping, the National Education Association cries for more money, and all the while the goal of the NEA and Federal Government is to revolutionize the child's sense of morality and national pride. Public education is fast evolving from an instructor in basic learning skill, to a humanist indoctrination project.

Sex Education has obtruded its way into public education in spite of the urgent protest by parents. The New York City school board stepped further than that as they voted to dispense free condoms to their 260,000 H.S. students-without parental consent (Washington Education Report, Tim LaHaye, March '91, p. 4). Of course, every Christian knows that such topics involved in this are parental responsibility, not public. It seems that the only observable effects that sex education by schools has on youngsters is to heighten curiosity into exploration.

Evolution is the foundation of American education and is the contraband smuggled to your child in grade school. This is partly because of the foolish and daffy thinking whereby the government now sees its task as freeing persons from religion, not maintaining a persons freedom to practice it. Let the reader also recall that school sponsored prayer, reading or displaying the Bible, or mentioning God's name is "unconstitutional." An 11­year­old girl, a student in a talented program, was assigned to write on the topic of "Power." She wrote on the "Power of God." The teacher forbade her from reading the report publicly and humiliated the girl before her peers (Wash. Ed. Report, p. 4).

The popular but disgraceful humanistic maladies can be verified endlessly as the godless mobs wish to disfranchise and burglarize the American populace of any semblance of God. It is not a time for increased TV viewing, funny paper pondering, and general lollygagging in our pleasure­filled lives. Nor is it the hour to teach, somewhat as Ezekiel puts it, "A sissified gospel" of feel­goodism which refuses to attack the problems at hand. By so doing, the god of this wicked world is blinding the eyes of our understanding from the eternal issues which will determine the course of our children's world.


Published August 1997