David Lane is not exactly a household name but he may be the single most powerful man on the Christian right these days, a major power broker in the Republican party. And to say that he has a twisted, theocratic vision of American history and secularism is a major understatement, as he demonstrates in this column at BarbWire.
Virtue is required for sustainable freedom. Secularists have successfully removed the transmission agent (The Word of God) for the accumulation of wisdom and knowledge, which created freedom in America. The nation is now basically biblically illiterate. Let’s be clear, the secularists and their priests — i.e., public education, higher learning, Hollywood and Media elite — have a coordinated, deliberate, sustained effort, a blitzkrieg, imposing an intolerant and aggressive false religion on America — Secularism.
This false god of Secularism — embedded in public education by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1963 — has glamorized, exalted and now normalized sin in America, creating a spiritually decadent, godless society. Proverbs instructs that easy sex and easy money are always the two temptations coming at the man — filth is everywhere. The deterrent for kids to resist temptation has been removed from public schools. Why would resisting the temptation for easy sex matter? Because, in God’s economy, righteousness exalts a nation and an individual. America has been hijacked, we are now living between Babel and the Beast.**
So what happened in 1963? The Supreme Court ruled that schools could not force school children to recite government-composed prayers. This is what Lane claims “embedded” this “false god of secularism” into American society. If forcing children to recite government-written prayers is not a violation of the First Amendment (multiple clauses — the Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause and the Free Speech Clause), what possibly could violate it? Even by the loosest possible standard of review, the coercion test, it would be a violation. What Lane is arguing for here is an actual theocracy, the government using its power to force citizens to confess a religious belief or suffer the consequences. And yet he has the chutzpah to say this just a few paragraphs later:
THE issue of the day from 1620 to 1770 was not abortion or homosexual marriage, it was religious liberty. Christianity has always been persecuted beginning in Acts 4 and throughout 2000 years of history. Only in America for the last 200 years have we Christians enjoyed Religious and Civil Liberty. Why are we the exception?
This is because of the tremendous influence that the Pilgrim and Puritanical worldview had on our political thinking in New England. Being free Englishmen holding devout Biblical worldviews, and believing that since God established civil government He would have a lot to say about it in the pages of Scripture, we have been given this exceptional country which believes that our rights come from God and not government and truth is not arbitrarily established by the King, but has been established by God — “the law of nature and nature’s God.”
Sorry David, but you clearly failed history. The Pilgrims, who were Puritans, did not believe in religious liberty at all. In the Plymouth Bay Colony (and later Massachusetts Bay Colony) that they created, it was, quite literally, illegal to be a different type of Christian, much less a Jew, Muslim, deist or atheist. Baptists were thrown in prison, exiled and even put to death. And you really think that only in America have Christians had religious liberty? Are you really that ignorant?