Every now and then I ponder an issue just to see if possess any value. During this deep reflection I came upon this topic. What does secularism add to society?
Great question I told myself! Does it add any monetary value? Nope. Does it contribute to the moral fiber of the people? Nope. Does it help bring the family together? Nope. Does it have intellectual value? Nope. Does it inspire individuals to do random acts of charitable good? Nope. Does it contribute to our freedom?
I guess this is the debate, because it's the only issue I couldn't find a negative to. Secularism is yet another choice, albeit a choice that adds no value to society. You see there are people who demand the option to deny others expression of their values and faith so they may claim the right to make a choice. It's a choice between living a value filled life, verses not.They simply want the option open to deny others their right to express freedom of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment, where it clearly states that "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
I don't see where that assures secularism. Secularism isn't a religion, it's a lack of one. It's not even implied! There is a reason for this, secularism already exists. You have to go out of your way to not be secular, and praise something. Moving away from secularism adds value to those who do it's life. Why would you want to deny them the ability to do that? The founders didn't specifically protect secularism because it added no value! It is the introduction of faith that improves lives.
The only other point to this argument I could fathom is the excuse secularist use to deny religion. They will be quick to point out religion causes wars and violence. Nice try. It's people who cause wars and violence, religion could never cause such an event, it's has no physical substance. It's simply a belief, man is empowered by this belief and chooses to do right or wrong. Wars and violence are caused by man, and at time his abuse of religion. Just like pencils don't cause bad spelling, religion doesn't cause violence. That responsibility would rest solely on the shoulders of mankind.