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The Inevitability of Secular Man and Society

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I heard a story yesterday that convinces me, again, how powerful is this notion that secular society is bound to win out and prevail in the world.

Apparently Mr. Obama, during his first presidential campaign back in 2008, while sensing he would indeed become president, sent one of our former ambassadors on a little trip to Iran. The ambassador’s mission was to inform the Iranians that, soon Mr. Obama would be president, and when it was so, the Iranians would know that a President Obama would be more friendly toward the Islamic regime.

This is of a piece with the Obama Administration’s continual practice of “talking” with the Islamic radicals, when it’s clear that talking to them has never done much to slow down their nuclear ambitions. Yet in my view, the talking by western liberals goes on and on because we labor under the delusion that secularism is inevitable. Yet as Douglas Wilson so aptly puts it: “Secularism is completely bankrupt…Secularism had already gotten wobbly all by itself, and then God introduced the wild card of fundamentalist Islam.” Somehow we imagine that people the world over want European-style liberal democracies and we just need to talk them into it, when much of the evidence shows this not to be the case.

It’s a dangerous delusion.



Written by Michael Duenes

October 2, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Posted in Duenes

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