Secularism is for people of faith and no faith. The wall of separation between church and state is designed to prevent the tyranny of government interfering in the freedoms and liberty of a citizen choosing their religion and expressing their views without coercion to hold to a status quo.
Some though choose to build of their own free will a further restricted enclosed picket fence rather than the usual attempt to break down or at least jump over this wall. The Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage zero involvement in social and political activism. No voting, no badge wearing, no petition writing, no campaigning. Genuinely no part of this system of things. The Watchtower magazine on belief recently covered.
In addition to my concern for animals, I was troubled by other problems around the world. Eventually, I became involved with a number of organizations, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace. I focused all my energy on supporting their activities. I advocated on behalf of the poor, the starving, and other less fortunate people.
I gradually realized, however, that I could not change the world. Even though those organizations managed to get a few small problems corrected, the big problems only seemed to get worse. It was as if the forces of evil had swallowed up the whole world and nobody cared about anything. I felt powerless.
Rather than deciding that his conscience was best served savouring those small problems being fixed, or the upward historical legacy of social activism, let alone what might happen if there were no committed social activists in the world, he now finds solace in doing nothing but believing in Jehovah.
I’ve gained peace of mind by leaving matters in Jehovah’s hands. I’m convinced that he, as the Creator, will not allow animals and humans to be mistreated forever, nor will he allow our beautiful earth to be destroyed. On the contrary, through his Kingdom, he will soon repair all the damage that has been done. (Isaiah 11:1-9) It brings me great joy not only to know these truths but also to help others put faith in them. I no longer feel that I have to change the world.
So let the mistreatment continue, earth be polluted as anyone wants it will not go on forever – very true we all die eventually. A great speech rejecting this idea that prayer and belief absolved congress and everyone of doing anything on the environment can be found in Senator Sheldon Whitehouse speech:
And I wonder, “Why is it that we are so comfortable asleep, when the warnings are so many and so real?” What could beguile us away from wakefulness and duty? I was recently at a Senate meeting where I heard a member of our Senate community say, “God won’t allow us to ruin our planet.” God won’t allow us to ruin our planet. Maybe that’s why we do nothing: we are comfortable that God somehow won’t allow us to ruin our planet. That seems such an extraordinary notion that I thought I would reflect on it in my remarks this week.
First of all, the statement refers to God: it is couched in religious terms. But is it really an expression of religious inquiry? I think not. It is less an expression of religious thinking than it is of magical thinking. The statement that God won’t allow us to ruin our planet sweeps aside ethics, responsibilities, consequences, duties, even awareness. It comforts us with the anodyne assumption that—no matter what we do—some undefined presence will, through some undefined measure, make things right, clean up our mess. That is seeking magical deliverance from our troubles, not divine guidance through our troubles.
The comfort of religion should not be mind numbing about reality.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog