Secularism = freedom FROM religion?

Despite their fervent claims otherwise, the graduates of our emphatically atheistic, secular higher education, think that the concept of ‘secular state’ or ‘secular education’ mean that any claim to absolute truth is a priori inadmissible. Suffice to say then, that religious instruction, particularly Bible studies from an unashamedly Christian perspective, are not a valid part of the official school curriculum.

Sure, I can understand that, say all the Christians. But at least there will still be Bible clubs allowed at lunchtime? Apparently not. The latest hysteria from the liberal media implies a creeping theocracy infiltrating primary schools, threatening to poison young minds with such subversive ideas as: God’s blessing upon Israel, Christmas and Peace on Earth, or Easter and the promise of eternal life.

I know that the Boomer generation suffered from the ugly manifestation of Church power over daily life and official morality. Their reaction to it is understandable. However despite its failings, church splits, and authoritarian nuns, the core of the Christian faith remains true. Its blessing of Western culture is scarcely comprehended by those who live in the comfortable security of a nation where Christian principles still inform people’s consciences. But the further we turn from God’s ways, the more damage is wrought upon the character of the citizenry, and the hopes of future generations.

This little rant was inspired by discussions at Agri-Christian, FrogBlog, and DPF’s KiwiBlog.

I also highly recommend this education article at Sir Humphrey’s.

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One thought on “Secularism = freedom FROM religion?

  1. Secularism in New Zealand had its roots in the inter-religious squabbles of the 19th century. So many fights over which version of Christianity had a claim to absolute truth. It’s not much wonder the government of the time removed the churches from public education. Secular education, I believe, was freedom from institutional domination by religion.

    Christian churches have had an amazing opportunity with the Nelson system of holding religious education during hours when the school is ‘officially closed’. Nevertheless, all this will go if Christians fail to demonstrate an attitude of humility. Humility doesn’t need to mean being a doormat. Christians should be able to work with confidence and poise in the pluralistic marketplace of developing New Zealand, working alongside people who see life differently.

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