We don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures), so we usually omit the writer’s full name and city. But there’s no problem with this one. The letter-writer is Rev. Steve Lagoon, senior pastor of the Randolph Baptist Church. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
I was thinking recently about the changes occurring in our culture. There is no doubt that our culture is in the midst of a major transformation and changes are happening faster than we can keep up with. … We rejoice when a generation rises up to make changes that advance human rights and improve life for all our citizens. …
But not all change is good. The biggest change happening in the West is that we are moving away from a culture saturated with and built upon a Judeo-Christian foundation to one based essentially on no foundation at all.
Egad — without the rev’s religion, our society has no foundation at all! That’s a nightmare! Well, it’s the nightmare of someone who knows nothing about Western Civilization. What else does the rev have to tell us? He says:
From the time of America’s independence through the twentieth century, there was an advance of human rights because the pillar of our society was the Bible, and by following the light of the Bible, men were able to increasingly see the evils in our society and work to overcome them. Men and women read the Bible and then gazed up at their own society and saw the evils that needed to be eradicated.
Isn’t it odd that Europe knew nothing but the bible for a thousand years, but life in those days was ghastly. How is that possible? Was there something else that made America possible? Hint — the Enlightenment. Let’s read on:
Great advances for human rights in America were led by Christians. They worked tirelessly for abolition and against all forms of racism. Christian women fought against abolition [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] and then naturally turned their attention for their own rights of suffrage. They fought the scourge of alcoholism which was so destructive in families of the nineteenth century.
Assuming the rev meant to say that they fought against slavery (although many fought for it) we still have problems with the rev’s claims. The greatest advance of human rights in history was brought about by the American Revolution and the Constitution. Clergymen were not prominent in either of those events. The abolition of alcohol was a catastrophe, but it’s a good lesson about what happens when people motivated solely by religion try to make laws for everyone else. As for racism, it’s well known that there were clergy on both sides of that one. The rev isn’t doing very well so far. His letter continues:
Likewise, movements to end child labor and improve worker’s rights were also fought by those whose hearts were ablaze with biblical principles.
We’ll get some criticism on this one, but much of the American labor movement was led by socialists — not exactly a religious movement. We’re well aware that there were exceptions, like Walter Reuther. The labor movement is too big a topic to deal with here. All we’ll say is that the labor movement was not primarily a religious phenomenon. Here’s more:
But another movement arose in America — Secular humanism. Supernaturalism was rejected, God was shoved to the side, and man became the measure of all things. Evolution and Naturalism replaced Genesis as the new origins story. The morality of the Bible was rejected for moral relativism.
Ah, now we’re getting to the good stuff. Moving along:
We have rejected the Bible’s respect for the sanctity of life and consequently have seen millions of American Babies killed within their mother’s wombs. We have rejected God’s standards of morality and have instead the scourges of STD’s and unwanted pregnancies. Rejecting God’s call to commitment in marriage, adultery is rampant as is divorce; never mind the tragic impact on our children.
Yes, and it’s all Darwin’s fault! None of those things existed before his damnable theory became popular. We’ll skip the rev’s paragraph about gay marriage, and the next one about Nietzsche. Here’s the end of his letter:
We will find that we will not be able to build enough prisons to contain the anarchy we have created. We shall find our institutions crumbling when our police, judges, business men, and the like have become corrupted by the new morality. No, not all change is good. How much better to stand with God and the principles that made America great!
We’re heard that before, and we addressed much of it in Is America a “Christian Nation”? The rev misses what he imagines were the good old days — when someone like him would be a man with influence. Sorry, rev, but we don’t think you have the answers. We’re not delighted with everything that’s going on either, but your “solution” of returning us to the Dark Ages would be a far worse than anything we’re facing now.
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