Re: Secular governments don’t exist, letter to the editor, March 22
I’m not going to debate the context of Matthew 6:5 with Mr. Joslin, because I’ve reread that passage, and it still reads the same; however, I will contest his assertion that secular nations have lower civil liberties than theocracies.
According to NationMaster.com, Canada and Sweden are tied for first place when it comes to civil and political liberties. Of course, I’m counting Canada as a (largely) secular nation.
Secondly, I wonder why Mr. Joslin brings up Sweden’s tax rate; 65 per cent seems fairly high when compared to our 31.15 per cent (for those making $40,727-$64,881) but you have to realize that 65 per cent covers a lot, such as completely universal health care (not unlike Canada), free post secondary education, etc. Sounds like a country I’d like to live in.
Thirdly, Mr. Joslin claims that the atheist worldview lacks reason to do science. I would argue that you’re projecting, dear sir. Atheists, for the most part, are very interested in the sciences, especially those which explain the nature of our existence (specifically biology, astronomy, physics), because we don’t wish to settle for the theist view that “goddoneit.”
Furthermore, you claim that secular governments are responsible for the greatest atrocities of the 20th and 21st centuries. This begs the question, do you classify Nazi Germany a secular government? If so, you do realize the Hitler was a devout Catholic who not only didn’t renounce his faith, he installed Catholicism as the “state religion.”
I won’t dive into atrocities such as the Spanish inquisition, Salem witch hunts and the continued oppression of women, gays, and people of other faiths by believers of dogmatic hogwash, such as Christianity.
As for atrocities committed by atheists like Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim Jong-il, and others like them, the men may have been atheists, but they were worshiped like gods.
And finally, I find it funny how you mention the jungle; because we evolved our sense of morality in the jungle. One only needs to look at our closest cousins (primates) to figure out where our sense of morality comes from.