From the blogosphere to mainstream media to the halls of Congress, the war cry of social progressives for decades has centered on the separation of church and state. They claim that (primarily) Christians force their faith on others if they support laws to limit abortion, stop the redefinition of marriage, or defend recognition of God in public places or documents. This is the biggest and most dangerous political lie of the century.
The underlying premise of this political propaganda is that conservatives who hold a Christian worldview deserve no right to vote, speak, or petition the government. Voters may be informed by secularism, humanism, or even communism—but not Christianity.
Like 1984 or Brave New World, many in government and the media are purveyors of good-think and bad-think. They see Christian beliefs as impediments to ‘progress,’ to conformance with new manmade freedoms that are morally blind or at least incoherent.
When progressives fail to silence a believer, they try to discredit or destroy him or her by comparing Christians with the Taliban, or theocracies that oppress religious freedom. By protecting freedom of conscious for over 200 years, America became the longest free democracy in human history. America never became a theocracy.
Scare tactics do not have to make sense, just the news.
Discussing this insidious lie now is not about the next election or any election. Discrediting faith, and the faithful, creates a vacuum for progressives to fill every day. That has consequences every day.
For example, progressives are obsessed with promoting sex as freedom: contraception, abortion, and hedonism coupled with disassociating sex from morality, procreation, marriage, parenting, and the family. In schools, in government, in the marketplace of ideas, they see “antiquated” Christian values as the enemy. The fallout, no matter how astounding, is ignored.
National Fatherhood Initiative finds “there is a ‘father factor’ in nearly all of the social issues facing America today…. over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers. That is 1 out of every 3 (33%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) African American children live in father-absent homes. One in three (34%) Hispanic children, and 1 in 4 (25%) white children live in father-absent homes. In 1960, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes.”
Yet, our president remains cocksure that more of the sickness is the cure: Obamacare mandated funding of abortion and comprehensive sex education is exploding to the tune of about $3.375 billion over three years.
None of this creates families or protects children or liberates women. Skyrocketing billions of dollars for food stamps, welfare, and “reproductive health” are symptoms, not the cure.
Alexis de Tocquville visited America in the 1830s. When he reflected on America’s great democratic experiment in Democracy in America, he observed that American institutions of government depend for their existence on certain “habits of the heart.” These habits are not government inventions but rather certain civic and religious associations.
He wondered what would happen to American democracy when these civic and religious associations, these habits of the heart, these core principals, no longer exist or are valued.
The great Czech playwright-philosopher Vaclav Havel provides an ominous glimpse. He describes the “culture of the lie” in his essay, The Power of the Powerless. It was penned in 1978 during the era of the Iron Curtain and “eliminating all expressions of nonconformity”.
“The complete degradation of the individual is presented as his ultimate liberation; depriving people of information is called making it available; … the repression of culture is called its development; … banning independent thought becomes the most scientific of world views; … the lack of free expression becomes the highest form of freedom… Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future.”
Individuals need not believe all these mystifications, but they must behave as though they did…. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it.”
Will we accept life with and in the lie?