- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The fate of America hinges on who wins the worldview war — liberal humanists or conservative Christians, Brannon Howse argues in his new book, “One Nation Under Man?”

Mr. Howse is the founder and president of Worldview Weekend, a Christian conference, and is the education reporter and frequent guest host of the “Michael Reagan Show” on Radio America. The following are excerpts from a phone interview with Mr. Howse:

Question: Your book describes America as a nation divided along worldview lines. What are the two sides?

Answer: You have the secular left, the modern-day liberal. And then you have the other side, the traditional American — patriotic, God-fearing, faith, family and freedom.

It’s really what the liberal media would refer to as the values voter. It’s as though the people voting for [2004 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John] Kerry didn’t have values. They have values. Their values are abortion on demand, partial-birth abortion, same-sex “marriage,” sex education at the earliest age. And their values showed up in how they voted. Bush supporters, by a margin of 2-to-1, attend church once a week. That’s not true of people who voted for Kerry. So you can’t say there isn’t an obvious worldview war in America.

Q: What is the most important issue in that worldview war today?

A: If there’s one thing we must do, it is teach our kids absolute truth. Our young people have overdosed on nonjudgmentalism. Many kids won’t even say what Hitler did was wrong. There is a battle for truth. And the secular humanists hate truth. They hate it because they know what it is. Truth is a reflection of God’s character and nature. If conservatives could do any one thing, we must instill into our kids and our culture that there is absolute truth. There is fixed morality for all people, at all times, in all places. The greatest thing conservatives can do today is proclaim truth and the source of truth.

Q: You call the separation of church and state “the liberals’ big lie.” What do you mean by that?

A: They claim that we have this separation of church and state, but you don’t find that in the Constitution. You find it in the former Soviet Union’s constitution. But not ours.

If the ACLU — which I call the American Communist Leftist Union — told Americans the truth about Thomas Jefferson, they couldn’t hold him up as their poster boy anymore. He was a member of the religious right. When he was president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson was also on the school board of D.C. And he required that children learn to read by reading the Bible. As governor of Virginia and as the president, he called for national days of thanksgiving. Does that sound like a man who was interested in the ACLU idea of separation of church and state? So they’ve totally rewritten history to make Jefferson a liberal.

Q: Most secular humanists would probably say they were not religious, but you call secular humanism a religion. Why?

A: The Supreme Court ruled twice that the American Humanist Association is a religion. It has a religious tax-exempt status. A religion is simply a collection of beliefs, your ideas about God. Unless you’re dead, you have a religion. I don’t care who you are; if you’re talking, you’re breathing, you’re living, you are living out your religion.

The liberals can’t say they’re not religious. You have to start with the presupposition that God is, or God is not. If God is, it matters how I live my life. If God is dead, anything is permissible.

Christians may use the Bible to define their worldview, but the secular humanist uses the Humanist Manifestos. Euthanasia, where does that come from? The Humanist Manifesto. Abortion on demand, undermining parental authority, same-sex “marriage,” a bigger [United Nations]. … There is hardly a doctrine being promoted by the secular left that does not come from the Humanist Manifestos. And yet they have the gall to lie to the American people and say they’re not religious. I believe the secular left are the enemies of America, because they are the enemies of God. Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, every one of them believed in secular humanism. Humanists are some of the most dangerous people in America, yet they say people of faith are.

Q: How does evolution fit into the picture?

A: What’s going on in New Orleans [in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina], with [reports of] looting, the rape, the murder and assault, we should not be shocked by that at all. Why are we shocked when we tell kids, “You evolved from an animal. Survival of the fittest. Might makes right.” Why are we shocked when we see people putting that worldview into practice?

This comes from our removing the moral standards, the moral law. Our nation can choose between the moral law or martial law. All of this you’ve been seeing in Louisiana is simply the outcome of people’s worldview being inculcated into the public education system.

The crime rate was relatively low in America prior to 1962, but when you move us closer to kicking God out of America, you can watch the crime rate skyrocket. Why? Because you’ve removed any absolute standard.

Q: You say America “may be lost” if conservatives lose the culture war. What would that look like?

A: If we continue with these court rulings redefining marriage, allowing for the slaughter of 40 million [in legal abortions since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision] and counting, it won’t be long before pastors will be prosecuted for preaching for calling certain things wrong. In Canada, you can already go to jail if you go on the radio and say homosexuality is wrong — in Canada. Now we define hate speech as anything that is intolerant. Intolerance now is whenever you espouse anything from an absolute moral standpoint. The left will accept anything but the right. The left thinks there is nothing wrong but the right.

Q: What is the solution?

A: We’ve got to start teaching kids our real history — America’s Christian heritage, if you will. We’ve allowed the cultural elite to tell us it takes the lawyers and judges to tell us what the Constitution means. It doesn’t.

We must expose the secular left for the religious movement that it is. We must begin to expose their leftist, anti-God, anti-America agenda for what it is. They are not patriotic. It’s time to take the gloves off and be willing to call those people what they are: secular humanists pushing for a secularist worldview.

We must teach our kids there are no rights without responsibilities. And we have a responsibility to love justice and mercy, and to walk humbly with our God.

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