How not to evangelise to an atheist: Secularism is Atheism part three

If you haven’t yet, read this first or this post won’t make sense.

Apparently, we can’t have Christian activities anymore; state-sponsored things have to be ‘secular’. But what is ‘secular’?

Secular: “Not connected with religious or spiritual matters” ( So secular effectively means materialistic or ‘God-less’.

From Creation Magazine, Vol. 37 No. 1 2015

When I read the above quote, what I think is that the author is like a petulant, spoiled child whose parents realised he was bullying a younger sibling. Rules were laid down to stop it: no, you can’t have all the sweets any more, you have to share. No, we will not spend the Christmas money Grandma sent for both of you on tickets for a fairground ride you like, and your brother despises. That money will go to clothes for you both, and you can use your pocket money to pay for your own fairground tickets.


What’s unfair is when money gathered from all citizens, of all beliefs, is used to pay for activities of one group’s set of beliefs. What’s unfair is when a government supposed to work for the best interests of all its citizens openly subscribes to a religion shared by only one group.

This impression informs my next conclusion: I think these people know they don’t have a leg to stand on. That’s why the whole definition of secular has to be stretched completely out of proportion until it fits their argument. ‘God-less’ here is used as synonymous to ‘anti-God’, and that is again just dishonest.

The term secular means taking a neutral stance on religious and spiritual matters. Government is supposed to be for everyone, and a state-sponsored religion is guaranteed to exclude some. That used to be okay, but we now know better. Only those who are seeing less privilege rather than less discrimination in their lives, will fight to regress.

Next: Secularism is Atheism Part Four


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