"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
-- John Adams (describing the American Constitutional Experiment)
Secularism refers to government without God. This is quite different from government that does not favor any particular religion. Instead of “freedom OF religion,” secularism wants “freedom FROM religion” or a state-sponsored mandate NOT to exhibit religion (or any trace of a belief in divine laws) in governmental affairs. An individual merely choosing to be secular does not force others to so choose, but legislating such a choice for everyone in public discourse discourages freedom of religion for everyone else. That is then no longer a free society.
Because all religions share the same basic moral absolutes, a civilization that rejects moral absolutes as the foundation soon faces chaos, anarchy and then - usually some kind of dictatorship. “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetitesâ€”in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity;â€”in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption;â€”in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite is placed somewhere: and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds can not be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” --- Edmund Burke
“Today we are seeing a progression of immoral laws rooted in secular humanism. That happened the same way in pre-WWII Germany. Abandonment of any basis of Divine Law leaves godless ideology based on an adherence to unnatural laws of error that produces only decadence and anarchy. Our nation has fallen dramatically and exponentially in the past 50 years. It does not take an MSNBC anchor to comprehend that reality to its fullest extent. These fifth column secularists are fully aware of this progression and are moving as fast as they can to transform our nation into their delusional, secular-socialist-utopian state.” --- Edmund Burke
Burke's lengthy speech goes on to review history and to expound on the reasons for the outstanding success of the American colonies. He attributes that success to the great spirit of liberty which is exhibited among the citizenry, traces and explains that spirit as having 6 sources--"Then, Sir, from these six capital sources of descent, of form of government, of religion in the Northern Provinces, of manners in the Southern, of education, of the remoteness of situation from the first mover of governmentâ€”from all these causes a fierce spirit of liberty has grown up. It has grown with the growth of the people in your Colonies, and increased with the increase of their wealth; a spirit that unhappily meeting with an exercise of power in England which, however lawful, is not reconcilable to any ideas of liberty, much less with theirs, has kindled this flame that is ready to consume us."
The Founders of America were passionate about ordered liberty. They saw the "Old World" as just that. In their "New World," oppression by government was not to be tolerated. He spoke of the character and unique study and learning of the colonists in America. Burke noted: "In other countries, the people, more simple, and of a less mercurial cast, judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance; here they anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle. They augur misgovernment at a distance, and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze."
In warning the Parliament and discussing how governments govern, at one point he observed, "Despotism itself is obliged to truck and huckster." A govrnment that is attempting to impose its will on a free people--in any country--must mislead and "sell" its cause. Perhaps that is what we are seeing today.
Religion (a spiritual philosophy) is mostly relative to individuals. You - from your reply - I believe hold the Bible and the moral laws as relative. Thus your replyâ€¦. You are probably one who most likely consider yourself a conservative but are probably mostly a fiscal conservative first and hold a relative position on moral issues or social conservatism.
Sound moral principles reflect the Creator. so when they are applied in society there is harmony and prosperity. When they are scoffed at and rejected there is great anarchy and devastating consequences.. as at present. To know how the machine works we read the owner manual.. To know how creation and society are to work we read the Creatorâ€s manual.. the Bible. If you reject the Bible and Godâ€s natural moral laws that are crucial for a health societyâ€¦ then there will be problems.
My Friend, if you have the time read â€śthe 5000 Year Leapâ€ť. It is singly the greatest book for understanding our founding fathers vision and comprehension of the laws of Nature and of Natureâ€s God.