One of the more potent (and predictable) side effects of forcibly removing religion from public life, public conversation, and yes, public schools, is that society gradually loses touch with the religious dimensions of life.
We forget how to talk about faith... we misinterpret other people’s religious actions and conversation... we underestimate faith’s powerful influence in the lives of those who still take their deepest beliefs seriously.
And, of course, what we cannot understand, we usually begin to fear.
And the things which unsettle us... often begin to make us angry.
Perhaps that explains the increasingly open and unrelenting fury of the Left toward Christians, as rant after rant erupts in a variety of venues:
But if it’s one thing for the Left to demand that Christians check their faith at the door, it’s another to ask us to check our minds. The defiant refusal of so many leaders in our courts, our schools, and our media to acknowledge the reality of religious faith is translating not only into aggressive attacks, but into almost laughably bad logic.
Somehow, the people at the wheel of our careening culture are convinced that – if we can only remove every spiritual incentive for upright, moral, selfless behavior – if we can just convince everyone that God doesn’t exist – people will suddenly decide to be good.
No, not just good. Better than they’ve ever been before.
Legendary novelist Fedor Dostoevsky knew better.
“If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality,” he wrote, “not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up.” For, “if God does not exist, everything is permitted.”
Everything. Liberty – political, social, sexual – runs amuck, without reason, without discipline, without limits. Justice is impossible, and unnecessary. Ignorance truly becomes bliss. Nothing has to make sense any more, because... nothing matters.
In their blind determination to eradicate God from our community, from our culture, even from our government, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State and all their Leftist kindred aren’t really accomplishing the demotion of the Divine – Who is, by definition, un-demote-able.
They are bent, rather, on destroying themselves.
The only question that remains, as they head for their mad fall, is whether they take our nation, and our children, with them.
Alan Sears, a former federal prosecutor in the Reagan Administration, is president and CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance employing a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.