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Friday, August 3, 2012

Rad Conrad, Again

He's on a roll. In an article for the National Post, after a slightly trying history lesson, he proceeds with this tour de force:

If this [Obama] administration is reelected, there is no reason to doubt that it will continue to restrict, on the spurious pretext of separation of church and state, any moral or practical authority except that of the government. It stops short of the 19th-century German societies that had services of state worship highlighted by flags, artillery, and anthems, but it threatens to generate far more serious cultural disputes than the deep ideological divisions already existing in America.

Do these people really want the state to be all-powerful? I don't think so; I think they simply see the state as the only means by which to establish their idea of utopia. In this they are just like their bogey-men inquisitors of the past. Without God, you will always become what you most fear.

He continues on in a way that I think would be most surprising to these people. Yet Black is correct:

From the most simplistic and mawkish religious views to the most intellectually subtle ones, the body of ecclesiastical beliefs and practices has been, in many countries (but not always), the most reliable restraint to overweening statism. However much these views may be despised by the academic, bureaucratic, and media elites that are the core of the strength of the Democratic party, most Americans are somewhat religious, and most are cautious, as were the Founders, about the powers of government. Most Americans do not respect the Supreme Court, and the great majority have been contemptuous of successive Congresses and administrations.

Yes, the Christian religion is today the most reliable restraint to overweening statism. Overweening statism is bad. Perhaps it will come for us inevitably, and this is the end times for liberty, and all the distopian science fictions writers will prove correct. That would be bad. The thing is, Christians don't care about politics nearly as much as secularists do. Their treasure lies elsewhere. The great lie is to present secularists as tolerant. In fact, that is false. Totalitarianism is, of necessity, secularistic. Why? Again, Christians don't care about this world so much as to want to control every aspect of it. (Hence, the non-politics of the so-called politics of Augustine's City of God.) Totalitarianism comes from the imminentism of paganism.

He concludes:

In trying to subordinate and marginalize America’s religious institutions, the Obama administration is playing with high explosives. It is a bad, dangerous, and devious encroachment on constitutional liberty, and could undermine one of the greatest pillars of American national success. The balance between faith and reason is for the determination of each individual, and of the people as a whole, not of unauthorized government officials uttering impious humbug as they arbitrarily do so.

So, in the end, despite how badly these people think religion sucks, I cannot bear to imagine what life will be like without it. A world where everything is China, but with American cutting-edge technology to enforce this Chinese-style control.

Wait, I'm a Christian, so I can bear it. Why? Because my treasure lies elsewhere - and you secularists should thank me for being this way. For without me, your god, the all-powerful state, will destroy you.

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