“Secular Nation,” by Ryan Anderson
November 17th, 2004
Recently, I saw one of the strangest thing I’ve ever seen in a public
school: A Buddhist faculty member talking to students openly about
Buddhism. I was floored. Not because I feel Buddhism is a bad
thing, but because it’s a religion. That’s it. It shouldn’t happen. Let
me put it like this. Imagine a teacher telling a group of students she
thinks Jesus is her/his savior. Parents would be upset. The ACLU and
other organizations like it would probably have a field day with
lawsuits as well. Almost every religion’s point of view can be heard.
But what about Christianity? Forget it. It won’t happen.
In a society that’s becoming increasingly secular, I don’t think it is
completely. That is, I believe this is boiling down to a non Christian
thing. Overwhelmingly, Christian aspects are shunned more than anything
else. The Star of David can be displayed without fuss. Muslim symbols
can be displayed as well. How about a Nativity Scene? School
administrators seem to run away. I believe people are backing away
because society is making Christianity out to be the enemy here. It
goes against what society thinks is right. However, a large portion of
this country is Christian! That’d explain the enormous success of Mel
Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”. The people are clambering from a
brake from Hollywood’s ‘ethics’.
What else in Hollywood gives the religion a bad name? Possibly
celebrities. Celebrities such as porn star Jenna Jameson who’s a
catholic (or so she thinks) and Pam Anderson who’s also a catholic
(apparently). While I know neither personally I’m sure both are very
nice people. However, when you think of Christianity…you don’t think of
them. Some might say they don’t bring the morals or ethics to the
table. Still, when so many are Christian, why would the minority try
and shut it out? Schools books can teach all about Allah, but all they
say about Jesus was he was a good teacher. They can’t even acknowledge
that many believe Christ to be the son of god. Don’t you think that’s
Our nation has gotten bad. It seems we’re so ashamed of religion, we
are trying to rid us of it completely. There are things that need to
1) People who refuse to recite the pledge because it says “under God”.
That, in my humble opinion, is un-American. It’s not helping anything.
Just because you don’t acknowledge a higher power doesn’t mean you
shouldn’t pledge allegiance to our nation’s flag.
2) Public places should be able to portray a Christian symbol just as
much as a symbol for every other religion. While that may already be
fine where you live, it’s not in many places. And that’s crazy. It
3) Because of all the nonsense lawsuits filed nearly every day, a
commission should be formed. From trying to get the word ‘god’ out of a
school poem to remove it from the pledge, a non partisan committee
should sort these out and determine whether they have merit. It’d be an
efficient way to clean up the problem.
4) Secularists should be quiet. Keep it on the down low. We accept you
and know you’re there…accept us too. It doesn’t hurt to have ‘In god we
trust’ on the back of your quarter. Okay? It doesn’t hurt you to see an
angel figurine in someone’s front yard. So please…the silliness must
So Now I’m done. I just want to say I think you must be very stubborn
to look around you and not accept a divine being, but that’s you right.
But, these secular ideas have to stop. Our society is taking a turn for
the worse, a turn that’ll hurt us. In the good old days none of this
was a problem. I’ve said this before. Secularism, overall, doesn’t help
our culture. Not a lot of good comes form it. Religion is something
that helps millions and shouldn’t be lost.