Atheism; the Nice Religion?
This is one of the unspoken myths of modern academia, and yet it is probably the most powerful of them all. Though it’s never directly stated, its subliminal presence underlies everything that is taught in government funded schools from pre-school on up through college. It is taught indirectly in many different ways, sometimes by what the curricula teaches but more often by what is omitted from the curricula. And like most secular myths, it is echoed and supported in the media.
For example, in the area of origins science, how the universe came into being from non-living things like the solar system to the wonders of the biological world, only one theory of creation is taught; the naturalistic, materialistic Darwinian tale of a self-creating universe, which evolved out of nothing through random chance and time alone. By teaching this theory, one that almost all of the giants of early science from Kepler to Boyle to Newton would have rejected, and failing to teach the possibility of a supernatural creation and the evidence for it, the students are sent a message.
What is that message? Atheist theories are the best, most acceptable theories in the sciences, so much so that other theories are not even worth discussing. Students are not taught that modern operational science arose only once; in Christian Europe (see ch.4); they are not taught that all the leading scientists in every major field of science were not only theists (mainly Christians) but that almost to a man they gave God and the bible as the reason they pursued science; nor are they taught that Darwin’s theory has been falsified by the fossil record, by its failure to get around the first law of biology, the law of biogenesis; its failure to satisfy the 2nd law of thermal dynamics, (see ch.7) or any of the other mountainous problems that face the followers of Darwin today.
And this is the pattern that it maintains all through the public school system, no matter what the topic. In history, religious people are often presented in the worst possible light, particularly Christians, while pagans, atheists in particular, are presented in the best possible light, usually by the same pattern of withholding pertinent information. Or, if a person is of such stature that they can’t be denigrated and they were undeniably Christian, then their faith is either played down or ignored entirely. For example, every child in the school system knows at least one fact about the Puritans; they killed witches.
They are rarely told that it was the Puritans who first lifted the ban on the Jews in Britain, or started the first democracy in England, one that shed far less blood then the French Revolution, shed almost no civilian blood, and led to the American experiment; or that Puritan England had the largest numbers of scientific breakthroughs in Europe in that time period, more than any other country, or that it was the Puritans from which the idea of freedom of religious conscience first arose.
Nor are they told that it was Samuel Sewall, one of the judges in the Salem witchcraft trial that wrote the first anti-slavery tract published in America and that the early Puritan communities went for decade after decade without any serious crime; no murder, rape, theft, etc… One Harvard anthropologist, well versed in ancient societies, labeled the Puritan era in America as one of the safest and most humane the world has ever known. But it is very unlikely your child will learn any of this in a secular classroom. This is classic revisionism with a clear bias towards the atheist worldview at the expense of any other.
And it does all this while subtly holding back what is probably the most salient fact of all; Atheism is a religion, albeit a non-theistic one.
The secular media mirrors the same approach as it presents its views of history night after night, often in News Specials, like those seen on CNN. The following is an essay on a certain CNN program dealing with religion, and it followed the same subtle yet powerful method of carefully selected material. Both Jews and Muslims are presented largely as religious warriors, warring for God. Thus, once again, the problem is the God people, not the gentle, caring and enlightened atheists.
The Worlds Bloodiest Religion
Atheism; the World’s Most Dangerous Religion
CNN put on a special a few months back, called something like “Gods Warriors” in which some of the religious motivation behind today’s conflict in the Mid-East was explored. And of course there are without a doubt, religious as well as ethnic ingredients fueling the unrest that typically surrounds the tiny nation of Israel. However, the bias of “all problems are caused by religion” or “religious fanatics” was quite evident. This is the attitude or approach one almost always finds in the media or in modern academia, and usually without much balance. But the biggest problem behind these types of shows or textbook presentations is the insidious way in which they are presented.
And I don’t mean just that only the negative side of the religious contribution to mankind is presented, though that would be undoubtedly true. This is particularly so when the religion being discussed involves Judeo-Christianity. But that is a subject which deserves an entire article to begin to do more than just scratch the surface. The real sneaky and insidious part of these discussions usually lies in the fact that at least one religion is always left out of the conversation; Atheism. This is particularly dishonest when the entire program or article is being written from one certain viewpoint, that of secular humanism, or naturalism, which are just nice words for Atheism. Atheism, ahh, the nice religion. The only neutral religion. And it is the only religion which is usually able to hide its religious identity behind the mask of non-religion or religious neutrality.
But is it really the safe religion? And should we allow it to continue to disguise itself in a cloak of secular non-religion in our public schools and media? Despite the howls of protests by its adherents, atheism certainly is a religion, with its own creation story (Darwinism), and belief system. And far from being the nice, safe religion it claims to be, it is rather the bloodiest of all religions, having killed and maimed more people in its short reign of a little more than a hundred years, then all the other major religions can be accused of killing in the last two millennia. And I make that statement even after generously excluding the huge numbers of abortions that have taken place throughout the world in the last fifty years.
Mao is admitted to have killed over 40 million during his brief stay on earth, and we won’t add the numbers of infants killed in the forced abortion policy. Or the number of inmates killed in the body parts industry. Hitler, a very enthusiastic evolutionist, killed over 6 million in his death camps, but how many more could be added to the death list if his entire war effort fueled in a large part by his strident faith is calculated? Pol Pot in Cambodia slaughtered his millions, including large numbers of doctors and other educated people.
And then there is Mother Russia. I remember when it was considered extremely hip to make fun of Ronald Reagan for labeling Russia as the, “Evil Empire”. That was before we had even a vague idea of the vastness of the human, “Gulag”, system, with its thousands of prison labor camps all across Russia. Of course if you were a promising young scientist, you could go to live in one of the many Secret Cities which enjoyed a much higher standard of living. Remember, all people are equal, but some are more equal than others in a society where the individual can be sacrificed for the improvement of the, um, more equal.
Not that those slave labor camps weren’t a real boon to the Soviet economy. Stalin was able to put 100,000 workers with pick and shovels to work building the canal from the White Sea to the Baltic. Unfortunately one third of those workers died in the process, but there were millions more where they came from. In the Kolyma mines, millions of political prisoners were put to work. One third of them were expected to die their first year. The rest died in their second year. It is estimated that Stalin killed between 85,000,000 to 100,000,000 people in less than 30 years. Again, I won’t more than mention the mass graves still being uncovered, the millions of forced abortions, the incredibly dangerous environmental policies which exposed people to high levels of pollutants and worse. The nice religion?
No Magna Charta here, nothing to appeal to which says that even kings and governments are still under God and accountable to His Laws. Only the law of “survival of the fittest”. Can we really afford to allow “secular humanism” to continue to hide its Dorian Gray like face behind the mask of religious neutrality?”
So, no, atheism, which was the religion that Mao and Stalin built their regimes and policy on, is not the nice religion. The Non-religion not only isn’t the best religion; there is no such thing. Man is religious by nature and is a very limited creature in his knowledge. Whatever values he decides to espouse or follow, even if it’s no values at all, they are moral decisions based on what or where he has placed his assumptions. If he decides there is no god, then he does so by faith, just as the person who decides that, in fact, there is a god.
So atheism, though it presents itself as the angel of light, appears historically to be the religion of death, and this is one of the reasons why this powerful myth of Modern Academia is always taught subliminally and never in a straight forward or honest manner. At least not in America yet. That fact alone should reveal its bankruptcy.
Nor is this the only problem with atheism which often travels under the misnomer of secular humanism. It is the biggest bully of all religions and will eventually tolerate no other. Why did Stalin kill so many people and who were they? A large portion of them were the Russian peasants, the very ones the secularists claimed to be fighting for. For one thing, the peasants just weren’t enlightened enough for Stalin and his intellectual cohorts. The peasants weren’t sold on the idea of a materialist universe and were very stubborn about getting rid of their theistic ideas about god. Because of this, and because Stalin wanted their land to start large agricultural collectives, he had them killed or shipped to the Gulag’s, work camps, where they were almost certain to die.
And things haven’t changed. Just as Stalin and his government drove theism out of the schools, the government and everywhere else and replaced it with atheism, so are we doing the same thing in the U.S. Mao did the same thing in China, he said;
“We will substitute materialism for idealism and atheism for theism.” (1)
And you’re probably thinking, yes, but we won’t kill the theists, we just use law suits and legal apparatus to rid ourselves of Christians. Don’t be too sure. Richard Dawkins, probably the most popular science speaker in the US and Europe, often refers to non-atheists as insane or dangerous. And on college campuses he promotes the books of Sam Harris, a popular atheist writer who has openly suggested that people of a certain persistent religious persuasion (theists) may have to be exterminated, for the good of the country. (2)
Ah, yes. Nothing like an open minded, tolerant atheist, eh? The nice religion.
(1) Zedong, Mao, “Examples of Dialectics”, in, Selected works of Mao Zedong. vol. 8
(2) Harris, Sam, The End of Faith, pp. 52-53, Dawkins in a lecture given at Randolph-Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg Virginia, strongly encouraged the faculty and students to read Harris’s books, which include endorsements to kill those who reject atheism. Of course, Dawkins himself has called all non-atheists insane and dangerous and has suggested taking their children away from them. Can you imagine the outcry if a Creation Scientist went around encouraging taking away the children of atheists and/or killing their parents? But Dawkins does it and the press is silent. Along with everyone else.