Questionable Motives

December 20, 2009

What is a militant secularist?

The Russian Orthodox Church and the Vatican – which have been engaged in a power-struggle for centuries – are moving to form a strategic alliance under the banner of fighting secularism.

The offer of reconciliation came in an introduction written by Russian Orthodox Archbishop Hilarion to a book of speeches by Pope Ratzinger on Europe’s “spiritual crisis” (i.e. the crisis in Christianity) published in Russian by the Orthodox Moscow Patriarchate. The Vatican newspaper published almost the entire introduction in its 2 December edition.

In the essay, Hilarion denounced the “militant secularism” adopted by an increasingly united Europe and claimed that religion was being closed off in the “ghetto” of private devotion, and urged Christians to confront their governments on issues like abortion, euthanasia and same-sex marriage – even to the point of civil disobedience.

“For religion, militant secularism is just as dangerous as militant atheism was,” Hilarion said, adding ridiculously that in modern Europe the “unwritten rules of political correctness” are increasingly applied to religious institutions, to the point that believers can no longer express their religious convictions publicly because it would be considered a violation of the rights of non-believers.

Read the rest of the article here.

Note the word ‘publicly’. This is code for the right to implement a specific religious doctrine upon the public (usually financed by the public). Someone who holds religious beliefs in private is called a member of a ‘ghetto’ by the pope, as if only through state-sanctioned religion can anyone enjoy the right kind of religious freedom. And this is from those who think demonology is a legitimate branch of medicine. What unmitigated bullshit supporting religious interference in the public domain and ongoing faithist effrontery to the secular rights for all individuals.

What is a militant secularist? Apparently, it is anyone who disagrees with the public promotion of religious orthodoxy, although how that miraculous transubstantiation of disagreement into militancy remains is a bit of a mystery. Let’s just take it on faith that it is so. Archbishop Hilarion suggests civil disobedience by the faithful is sanctioned by church leaders in the face of such… umm… militancy. I’m a bit confused: which behaviour is more militant, disagreeing or civil disobedience? Gee, that’s a deep moral question; we’d best ask the pope!

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