Jed Babbin of Human Events has a really interesting review of a book by Dr. Herb London. London is president of the Hudson Institute and clearly states in America’s Secular Challenge: The Rise of a New National Religion that secularism is the enemy of the
basic elements of our society, what Alexis de Tocqueville called the “social
Some of the more poignant items from the review include:
- The antithesis of secularism — civitas — was a word,”
…frequently used by the Roman writers to express the condition of a
Roman citizen, as distinguished from that of other persons not Roman
citizens,” according to Smith’s “Dictionary of Greek and Roman
- London explains it in terms more useful to us.
He quotes Harvard sociologist Daniel Bell’s definition, “that
spontaneous willingness to obey the law, to respect the rights of
others, to forgo enrichment at the expense of the public weal.”
- To the secularist, civitas
— and its first cousin, patriotism — are to be scorned in favor of
man’s immediate needs and self-defined values. The secularist believes
that man’s first duty is always to himself. The phrase “duty, honor,
country” so deeply valued among our warriors, means nothing to the
The moral foundation cannot be established without a defined standard. Subjective morality can only lead to chaos. I'm not sure the founders of our own John William Pope Civitas Institute had this conflict in mind at our beginning but the could not have been more on target.
How wide spread is secularism in North Carolina anyway? I'm glad you asked. Monday's News and Observer has an article detailing the growth of "congregations" of secularists and atheists in Raleigh.