THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: I've been harping on this for a while. The so-called "separation of church and state" will ultimately give rise to state supported Islam, just as it already has in Europe. Here's the problem. Secularism is neither a religion nor philosophy. Secularism is a vacuum. It is the lack of religion or philosophy. If there is anything we should know about Natural Law it is that nature abhors a vacuum. The lack of religion and guiding philosophy must be filled. Human nature demands it. There is no way around this. Expecting human beings to live without a guiding religion to direct their society is about the same as expecting dogs to be well behaved in a city park without human owners to train them. Human beings are spiritual creatures. That is what makes us unique in nature. It's what gives us the discipline to use our brilliant minds to create things such as laws, buildings, roads and commerce. Without this spiritual dynamic, human beings would be little more than highly evolved apes, hiding in the jungles, using very simple tools to do basic rudimentary tasks. It is our spiritual dynamic that gives us discipline, and allows us to put aside our primal needs for the greater needs of the community. Like it or not, human beings are spiritual creatures, and even if you're an ardent Atheist, you have to admit that religion has played a vital role in bringing civilization to where it is today. So to expect human beings to live without religion is stupid. It defies their very genetic makeup, and it doesn't work. Unless one has consciously chosen to abandon religion, a human being by his very nature will gravitate toward something, be it Christianity, Islam, Wicca or New Age. This is normal. It is the natural law.
The advantage to having a society built on a Christian foundation is that when people, who were not raised with religion, reach that point in their lives when they start searching for religion, they are far more likely to settle into a Christian religion. This works to society's advantage when that society is indeed built on Judeo-Christian morality. Secularism, however, seeks to undermine that, removing the impression of Christianity from schools, government, and the public square. The fact that Secularism attacks Christianity disproportionally to all other religions is indisputable. In part, this is because Secularism has been instituted primarily in Christian countries with only a few exceptions. It's also because Secular authorities are for the most part afraid to censure any other religious practice besides Christianity. They rarely ever censure the Jews, because they fear charges of anti-Semitism. They rarely ever censure Islam because, well, to put it mildly, they fear what the repercussions might be. Again, Wicca and New Age are rarely censured for fear of charges of discrimination. The fact that neither religion is organized helps them as well. In fact, the only religion that is relatively "safe" for Secular governments to censure is Christianity. It is fairly well organized, and therefore defined, making it an easy target. Furthermore, Christians are taught to be non-violent, which helps eliminate negative repercussions once censure has occurred. Lastly, Christians are usually not a minority, so charges of institutionalized discrimination will not likely stick. It is, for the most part, the perfect target! So when Secularist governments go to work, it is almost always the public recognition of Christianity they seek to censure. I could go through the pages of examples to make my point but why bother? These cases are well documented for anyone who wants to see.
Of course, in such an environment, Islam is given an advantage. Secularists fear Muslims. That's right, I said it, and I'll say it again. SECULARISTS FEAR MUSLIMS! That's why you'll never see a United States federal court rule in any way that censures the public recognition of Islam. Therefore, it is inevitable that Islam will continue to grow and flourish in the United States, not because of freedom of religion, but because Muslims are given considerably more freedom of religion than Christians in this land. For example, public school children can go on field trips to a mosque but not to a church. Public school children can show displays of Muslim worship on school property, but not Christian worship. Cities can establish festivals celebrating Islamic Americans, but not Catholic Americans or Protestant Americans. Now American government officials are openly talking about establishing Shariah Law (Islamic law) communities in the United States, similar to what already exists in Europe. The question is, would these same government officials permit the establishment of Canon Law (Catholic Church law) communities in the United States as well? Why not? If heavily Arab neighborhoods can have Shariah Law, than why can't heavily Irish or Hispanic communities have Canon Law? It only seems fair, right? Oh, but the mere suggesting of such a thing calls down the cries of "separation of church and state!" from the Left wing lunatics running this country. Therein lies my point. Secularism only applies to Christians. This has always been the case and it always will be. No Western government would dare apply the same Secularist demands upon the Muslim community. They wouldn't dare. So what does this mean? It means Secularism gives an unfair advantage to Islam. We didn't notice this fifty or sixty years ago because there were not enough Muslims in our part of the world to make an impact. That is starting to change now, and like Europe we are discovering that our own Secular laws put our Christian civilization at a disadvantage.
As time progresses, and Islam is given more public recognition than Christianity, it will inevitably gain more converts. Why? Because when people raised in non-religious homes begin looking for a religion, (and nearly all of them eventually do), they will see a bright and shining mosque set on a hill before them, in plain and open sight, without any restrictions imposed upon it at all. Meanwhile all the churches will be cowering in the shadows, hoping not to attract the attention of the state, lest they be sued again for some violation of the "establishment clause." Yes, Secularism is becoming a de facto Shariah.
(The American Thinker) - Is the United States today a de facto shariah state? A close look at recent events points to some alarming conclusions about the tenets of shariah law taking hold in our once-proud constitutional republic and the unwitting, unequal application of existing U.S. laws. The result is that when it comes to religious expression, Muslims now enjoy more freedom of religion and speech under our Bill of Rights than non-Muslims. Equal protection under the laws of our country holds for Muslims far better than for non-Muslims. Several recent examples illustrate this point...