It was a scene guaranteed to gladden the heart of anyone who endorses the state religion of secular progressivism.
Under the cover of darkness, construction workers removed from the grounds of Oklahoma’s state capitol a granite slab on which the Ten Commandments were engraved. The furtive undertaking, which had the appearance of a mini apocalypse, complete with an eerie darkness and billowing stone dust clouds occurred within a state in which only 5.7% of the population declares itself “non-religious.”
Why were the construction workers toiling away at night? According to the appropriately bureaucratically named Office of Management and Enterprise Services spokesman John Estus, “We wanted it to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, and doing it at night gave us the best opportunity to do that. The Highway Patrol was also very concerned that having it in the middle of the day could lead to having demonstrations of some kind.”
Yes, God forbid Christians might actually demonstrate in protest against the desecration of the law they regard as holy — given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai. God forbid Christians might be as outraged as Muslims would be if the State decided to burn a Koran on the capitol lawn.
What is really going on when incidents like the above are almost daily occurrences? What is the underlying significance of this and other attempts by modern-day iconoclasts of the Left to eliminate Christian symbols and Christian influence from the public domain?
What is going on is the forced conversion of American Christians to the religion of the State.
Oh, doubtless organizations such as the ACLU, the SPLC, Freedom from Religion and other anti-Christian organizations would not ever admit their relentless anti-Christian campaigns amount to forced conversion.
No, the attackers prefer to speak of their attacks against Christianity in terms of “freedom from religion” — religion being, in their opinion, the opiate of the people and an unnecessary restraint on human freedom. Why, they are only interested in our good and in the good of our children. Freedom from religion and forced conversion to progressivism is a positive good!
Such an attitude actually means, as C.S. Lewis has noted, that such do-gooders are the most dangerous people of all:
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies…[T]hose who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be ‘cured’ against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”
It’s well to point out to the do-gooders who wish to, oh so kindly but forcibly rescue believers from their religious delusions that there is no such thing as freedom from religion — not even for them. As theologian Paul Tillich pointed out, everyone has something or someone they worship; that is, everyone is religious –and none more deeply religious than radical secular progressive fundamentalists who are as impassioned about converting Christians as ISIS is about killing them.