SECULARISM

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

General

Reaction of Christians to Secularism

Reaction Of Secularists To Christianity

Freedom

Academic Freedom

Leftism, liberalism

Atheism

Sex, Gender, Education


INTRODUCTION

After wavering a long time, it was decided to add a page on secularism and postmodernism. However, for convenience I refer to all of it as "secularism." Much of this website is one vast expose of that worldview and a presentation of its Christian alternative, but it really had no room for needed expressions and explanations of secularism itself by its own adherents.

This page is not a recommendation of secularism, but it allows its adherents to expose their irrational, blind and intolerant tunnel vision to life. If you wonder what I mean by this characterization, well, you are kindly invited to explore the entire website. If I had started this page earlier, some of the items on the other pages, especially the GUEST ARTICLES page, might have been placed here. Well, we do the best we can.

So, though there is a section for Christian writers on this page, most of the writers are secularists themselves. Here they can spout off all they want, though I do not give them as much space as I give to Christians by any means. Actually, the materials on this page are sparse and random. There is an ocean of secular material on the internet that we leave for you to discover on your own.

For the secularist among my readers, enjoy — but.... THINK! SERIOUSLY! For the Christian, try to restrain your annoyance at secular narrow mindedness and free yourself from that feeling of being despised. You have so much more to offer.

GENERAL

Ernest Poser, “Why study Humanism?” A paper delivered at a meeting of Worldview Collaborative, Vancouver BC, 2006.[1]

REACTION OF CHRISTIANS TO SECULARISM

Winston Dykeman, “The corruption of medicine by Secularism.” Christian Medical and Dental Association of Canada, January 31, 2020.

Ray Pennings, “Secularism's anti-Charter uglinessConvivium, December 12, 2019. Main point is the superior generosity of the religious and its effect on the common public good.

“Open-minded secularism can bring social benefits, but when it seeks to close out religious freedom it injures us all.” — Ray Pennings, Cardus' Convivium.

REACTION OF SECULARISTS TO CHRISTIANITY

Douglas Todd, “Let's stop stereotyping Catholics and SikhsVS, January 18, 2020.

Brittany Jones, “Even Kanye Can't Escape the Ire of Anti-Christian Group.” Family Policy Alliance, Dec. 6, 2019.

Hemant Mehta, “Dear Democrats: Four religion requests from non-religious AmericansRNS, December 17, 2019.

Jennifer Saltman, “Prayers, reflection get OK in chamberVS November 30, 2019.

“...we ultimately want to see prayers removed from the standing orders altogether,” said Ranil Prasad, a board member of the BC Humanist Association. “Government prayers are not inclusive of the overwhelming majority of British Columbians who are not religious, they violate the principle of separation of church and state, and, frankly, they are a waste of both taxpayer money and time in the chamber.”

Piers Shepherd, “The Spanish Civil War and the Battle for Western CivilizationChronicles, A Magazine of American Culture, October 1, 2019.

Christianity Harassed at Universities. Student Union-The Magazine: Spring 2018

Tom Campisi, “Accusations and Probation: Harvard College Faith and Action Punished for Adhering to Christian Standards,” Spring 2018, p. 20.

Scott Ely and Molly Richmond, “A Statement: Winsome, but Firm, Voices Are Needed from across the Political and Religious Spectrums,” Spring 2018, p. 21.

Mahtob Mahmoody, My Name is Mahtob: A daring escape, a life of fear, and the forgiveness that set me free. A few selected excerpts. Nashville: Nelson Books, 2015.

Peter Schuurman, “CBS polices new police chiefCC, December 10, 2012, pp. 3-4.

FREEDOM

Lee Harding, “How cowardice kills free speechET, September 4, 2019, p. B3.

Ezra Levant, “EMERGENCY: We were banned from reporting on the leader's debateRebel News, October 4, 2019.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Simon Fraser University (SFU), “Religious accommodation at universities.” Circulated by SFU, n.d.

Jennifer Saltman, “'Safety and security' concerns cause UBC to nix speaking event': Cub mulls legal action over cancellation as debates rage on about free expressionVS, January 3, 2020, p. A3.

Lisa Bero, “When companies fund research, the truth often comes last: Researchers are being forced into a job market where their findings get buried if they expose dangers or problemsET, Nov. 7-13, 2019, p. C3.

Douglas Todd, “Top moral thinkers defend free speech in UBC clashVS, Sept 9, 2017.

Leftism, Liberalism

Mark Hendrickson, “Ominous signs of Hatred in PoliticsEpoch Times, October17-23, p. B1.

ATHEISM

Joseph Breen, “Church of Atheism not a religion, court decidesVS, December 6, 2019. P. NP3.

Keith Ward and Arif Ahmed, “(Un)Believable?: An Atheist and a Theist Philosopher share their world-views - Cambridge University.” The Veritas Forum, April 6, 2013.[1]

Taner Edis, “An Atheist defends religion,” review of An Atheist defends religion: Why humanity is better off with religion than without by Bruce Sheiman, The Secular Outpost blog, October 21, 2010.

Russell Blackford and Udo Schuklenk, eds., 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why we are Atheists. Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2009.

Matthew Parris, “As an Atheist, I ruly believe Africa needs GodThe Times of London, December 27, 2008.

Sex, Gender, Education

Stephanie Ip, “Trustee loses suit in free speech statute testVS, November 28, 2019, p. A14.

Barry Neufeld: “At the risk of being labeled a bigoted homophobe, I have to say that I support traditional family values and I agree with the College of Paediatricians that allowing little children to choose to change gender is nothing short of child abuse...

Harley Price, The Absurdity of the Wynne-Ford Sex-Ed Curriculum. The Epoch Times, September 4, 2019, p. B2.


[1] This draft describes what some would consider the basic information a course on Humanism should convey. It is largely derived from a “Syllabus for the Study of Humanism” (2003), proposed by Z. Bailey of the Queensland Humanist Society, Australia. Per-mission to use her material is hereby gratefully acknowledge