Today’s letter-to-the-editor comes from the Calgary Herald, published in Calgary, the third-largest city in Canada and the largest in the province of Alberta. This fine addition to our collection is titled Secular sham.
The letter-writer begins by saying that he’s responding to an earlier letter, Absence of God talk on Alberta hustings was refreshing. Among other blasphemous things that upset today’s letter-writer, the earlier letter said:
After watching Americans make fools of themselves for the last couple of presidential elections over the candidates’ religious leanings, it was so refreshing to watch a leadership race play out here in Canada the way such things should play out – sans religion and sans God.
God’s place is in churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship – not on the campaign bus or out on the hustings. Thank God, faith played no public role in the selection of a new premier for Alberta.
Such an outrage cannot go unchallenged, and today’s letter rises to the occasion. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and as we usually do we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. We will, however, inform you that someone with the same name as the letter-writer is active with the Big Valley Creation Science Museum. Okay, here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
The only time God and religion become an issue in an election is when a candidate does not submit to the government-sanctioned and fully funded religion of secular humanism – and a coercive and totalitarian religion it is. A candidate dare not admit to a belief in intelligent design or a young Earth, for it is an absolute certainty that the secular attack dogs will scrutinize and misrepresent every word you ever uttered in your life, then set you up to try to ridicule you.
Yes, he’s identified the “coercive and totalitarian religion” of secular humanism to which all must submit or be subject to ridicule. The young-earth creationist letter-writer has figured it all out. Then he explains why those who don’t think as he does are obviously fools:
Secularists seem to be able to grasp the concept that when one sees an esthetically pleasing and lovely building, it has an architect and designer, but cannot recognize the architect and designer of the infinitely greater complexity and beauty of the world around them.
Hey — he’s got a point! A building has an architect, therefore … Oogity Boogity! Nothing could be more obvious. Let’s read on:
What would a purely atheist secular culture look like? Let’s get rid of God and put Him in His place, eliminate all His laws like the Ten Commandments and the golden rule of loving your neighbour as yourself. Whom should we choose if we have a choice to make the new rules we live by? Would it be Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, Stalin or Marx?
Having said all that needs to be said, the letter-writer concludes with this:
The result of a fully atheist secular humanist culture will look like North Korea today where Kim Jong-il is literally worshipped as a God. This is secular humanism at its finest, when man becomes god.
Well, dear reader, the choice is yours. It’s very simple, really. You must choose between a young-earth creationist theocracy or North Korea.
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