Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Words from 'the religious'

'In the last two years, Christians have been burned alive by Muslims in Gorja, Pakistan, and by Hindu extremists in Orissa, India. Christian churches have been torched and scores of the faithful massacred on holy days in Iraq and Egypt. Few of these atrocities have received the media attention of the Rev. Jones’ stupid stunt or the Danish cartoonist’s irreverent scribbles.

Before America sends more of her sons to die for the freedom of Arabs and Muslims, perhaps we ought to have a better idea of what these folks intend to do with that freedom. For across that Muslim world, the faith that created our world, Christianity, is being persecuted and in some sectors annihilated.

To and liberal interventionists, the goal of U.S. foreign policy should be to use our wealth and power to advance freedom until the whole world is democratic. Only then can we be secure.

But if democracy means rule by the people, ought we not to inquire a little more closely what it is these people, down deep, really want, before we bleed and bankrupt ourselves to win it for them?'

So writes Pat Buchanan. The kind of thing our PC atheist bigmouths would have trouble saying. I generally suspect that in future Christians in the Apostolic Tradition will increasingly become the spokespeople for secularism. Between the CJ Grayling school of self-help and the English Defence League, it seems to me that mainstream atheism is becoming increasingly irrelevant from the debate.

1 comment:

  1. Great post. I am not sure if the New Atheists could ever constitute a popular movement anywhere in the world, (but especially not in the Third World) unless they embraced extremely populist positions on economics, which I don’t think they will.

    The last time hardcore atheists were at the helm of a major popular movement was when Marxist communism was still a force, and that ideology attracted regular people via its economics and not so much its atheism.

    Thus, I think that you are correct about others, such as Apostolic Christians, being the major spokespeople for secularism in the future, as they will perhaps still have plenty of popular “muscle" to act in that capacity.