Opinion by John Tutten:We are truly through the looking glass. The reaction and discourse surrounding various states’ efforts to pass laws similar to the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) proves it beyond any doubt. The RFRA was passed in 1993 with great bipartisan fanfare. How things have changed since then.
Indiana’s Governor, Mike Pence, has received withering derision and criticism for signing into law language almost identical to the federal law already in place. The news media has very effectively distorted the provisions of the bill to arouse leftist ire and provide red meat to liberal talking heads. Of course, we also heard from the line reciters in Hollywood but I was pained to see Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, transform into a hypocritical ogre before our very eyes.
The state of Connecticut piled on and threatened to suspend state sponsored travel to Indiana, as did the City of San Francisco. The NCAA threatened to steer future events away from Indiana. Similarly in Arizona, the NFL indicated it might move the Super Bowl to an alternate site if a similar religious freedom bill was signed into law. Governor Jan Brewer backed off and vetoed the bill.
Our society is making a rapid descent into a mobocracy and it is by design. Individual rights and sovereignty are being trampled under government promoted political correctness. It’s now what’s best for the collective, each individual is of little worth. Societal change is now accomplished through threats and coercion not thoughtful reasoning and reflection on history.
Make no mistake; Christians are clearly in the crosshairs of those trying to transform our civil society to a totalitarian utopia. Christians no longer have the right to refuse to participate in something that is morally abhorrent to them.
Christian bakers no longer have the right to refuse producing a cake depicting an image in conflict with their beliefs. If Christians can be compelled to bake such a cake, what prevents a Christian videographer from being compelled to film gay pornographic scenes? We are now on such a slope.
Secularists like to disparage Christians as being fundamentalists. Bible believing Christians are always described as fundamental in the mainstream media. They lay that label on you and then anything you say can just be dismissed. However, atheists/secularists/materialists are fundamentalists just as Christians are. They simply have different fundamentals than Christians.
Both Christianity and atheism are examples of what philosophers call worldviews. Worldviews are simply a way to look at the world and to make sense of it. And to be reasonably complete, a worldview needs to provide answers to a few basic questions.
For example, a complete worldview needs to provide an answer to where do we come from? Christians would answer that we were created by God in his image. Atheists would say we came from a random, accidental series of chemical/biological events.
Another question needing an answer is, why are we here? Christians would answer that we are here to come to know God, enter into a relationship with Him, and give Him glory. Atheists would say that each individual has to make up their own reasons as to why they are here since there is no ultimate purpose for existence.
A third question is, what determines morality? Christians know that it is the perfect, immutable moral character of God imprinted on all of us. Atheists really struggle with this, but ultimately it becomes what is expedient for those in power and therefore, situational and mutable.
The last question is where are we going? Christians answer that this life is only a preamble for an eternal existence with God. Atheists have to say that this life is it and there is nothing beyond it.
It’s clear now that America is trading the Christian worldview of its founding for an atheistic one. Since we are accidents with no intrinsic value and really no future, the concept of individual freedom and sovereignty are being eroded by the political correctness of collectivism for the benefit of a ruling political class.
With the atheistic worldview, there is no sanctity to life. Therefore, abortion becomes just a choice in eliminating an inconvenience and reducing the population.
With an atheistic worldview, marriage can become whatever one wants it to be – man and woman, man and man, woman and woman, or – you fill in the blank.
With an atheistic worldview, morality becomes situational. What is moral today may not be moral tomorrow.
With an atheistic worldview, individual rights come from government. Your right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is subverted to the needs and wants of the capricious state. What you can do, what you can say, and where you can go are all decided by what is best for the government and its management of the collective.
Dear readers, we are clearly in a post Constitutional period. Being post Constitutional means that we are post Judeo-Christian founding principles as well. These principles enshrined in our founding documents are the only thing that has separated us from the misery of the rest of the world. These principles have provided us with the most successful society in the history of the planet. Why are we allowing a tyrannical few to destroy what so many have labored and died for?