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Kermit Gosnell: An Illustration of How the Religion called “Secularism” Enforces Its Orthodoxy

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gosnellcensoredThe world is a spiritual place because it was created by a spiritual Being. Humans are spiritual beings created in the image of God, who made the heavens and the earth. What follows from this is that there is not one inch of spiritual neutrality anywhere in this universe. This also means that people are made to worship, and we cannot help but worship, all the time. Our words and deeds magnify that which we worship, whether we think so or not.

Thus, we should never tire of pointing out that secularism is as much a “world religion” as Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, or any of the others. It has its own deities, high priests, and orthodoxies. And its orthodoxies are guarded and enforced, in the same manner as the orthodoxies of other religions. For far too long now Christians have failed to come to grips with this reality, and as Douglas Wilson aptly points out, we will soon be coming to grips with it whether we like it or not. But we do well to consider some of the commandments that govern the religion of secularism, and then consider how adherence to these commands is being enforced in the current Gosnell murder trial.

One of the primary commands of the secular religion is: You shall have no other gods besides your radical, autonomous self. Flowing from this is the command: Thou shalt uphold and preserve radical, sexual autonomy and libertinism as the chief of all virtues. Also flowing from this is the orthodoxy that radical, sexual autonomy and libertinism will primarily help women, for it will free them from the drudgery and “inferiority” of motherhood. It will liberate them.

Yet how are these orthodoxies enforced? Who the the clergy of the secular religion in the Kermit Gosnell case? They are the same clergy who enforce secular orthodoxy in other contexts: the overweening state and the media. These are not the only clergy, but they certainly have come to the fore in this case. How so?

Stop to consider how it is that Kermit Gosnell got away with his murderous butchery for so long, with nary a health inspection for his clinic. Ask yourself how women were turning up at the U. Penn. hospital from Gosnell’s clinic, and no follow up led to the closing of Gosnell’s clinic. Why wasn’t the state on this like white on rice? Conversely, ask yourself why the state feels compelled to attack organizations like First Resort in the Bay Area, placing all sorts of onerous legal burdens on them. First Resort does not conduct abortions, nor advocate them. They are the antithesis of Planned Parenthood. They must be stopped. They are heretics.

Also consider public announcements by those in the state. Consider that President Obama put out a statement about the killing of late-term abortionist, George Tiller, back in 2009. Also consider that Obama has made no comment about the Gosnell trial. Even the Huffington Post has surprisingly pointed out that, though Obama says he can’t take a position on the Gosnell trial, he felt quite free to comment on the Trayvon Martin case while it is still pending. That’s because the Trayvon Martin and George Tiller cases support the religion’s orthodoxy, while Kermit Gosnell does not.

As for the clergy that is the mainstream media, they still have not covered this trial with anything like the attention it deserves, even though they have been called out by alternative media outlets and social media. The protestations of the New York Times aside, no one can doubt that this story has been spiked, and for reasons that have nothing to do with its newsworthiness. Radical, sexual autonomy must be preserved, and the gods of secularism will not countenance dissent. Just witness the fury that descended on the Susan G. Komen Foundation when they tried to cut ties with Planned Parenthood.

There is no spiritual neutrality. Thus, we should not be seeking to make arguments in the public square “with which secularists already agree,” and then show them the fallacy of their own reasoning. The fallacy of their own reasoning is not based on logic and rational thought. It’s based on religious faith, just like other religious tenets. The idea that Kermit Gosnell could legally kill a baby 6 inches inside of a woman because it’s a constitutionally-protected right, but could not legally kill the same baby because that baby moved 6 inches down the birth canal, is not based on logic or reason. Therefore, the religious of secularism can only be confounded and overrun in people’s hearts and minds by superior spiritual truth and power, which is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. What we need, what I need, is, as one theologian put it, “the expulsive power of a new affection.”


Written by Michael Duenes

May 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

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