The irony of Atheists & Secularists:-
By now, nobody needs to be reminded of what happened almost a week ago in Connecticut, USA. – A land ravaged by strange and usually sad news. 26 people, 20 children and 6 adults, were shot dead by a trigger crazed psychopath who forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary (primary) School.
Moreover, what this episode has shown us is the double standards of the west, more importantly the “commander-in-chief”, president Obama. Whilst every life lost to crime and war is a tragedy beyond any words. We must point out, when required, the dual standards being played out across our TV screens, radios and Internet. For instance, during the press conference shortly after the shootings, people around the world were presented with an image of a president who cares for his people. President Obama was visibly seen emotionally moved by the death of ‘beautiful, beautiful, young children’. Struggling to keep his tears at bay. Yet, the same president is more than happy to continue killing innocent men, women, and children; in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Oman, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. By the use of drones, cutting thousands of lives short with their untimely deaths!
More to the point is what lesson we can draw from this?
America is a country seen across the world as a highly advanced country which has made breakthroughs in science, technology and other fields of study like no other. From its movies to music, its culture, education to technology, gets copied and reproduced by copy-cat countries, keen to be seen as a up-to-date & a modern country. This is done nowhere more so than in the Indian-subcontinent countries of Pakistan and Bangladesh. America has been coined into an emblem of modernity and advancement. However, America is in a dilemma, something which is becoming more clear as time goes by. In essence, the American constitution, ‘the declaration of independence’, written by men during its founding, is devoutly followed by its citizens. The irony here is, American atheists like Bill Maher, who openly ridicule religion and its ideals, have taken in its place the American constitution as a new holy book. The basis of a new religion, ‘Americanism’. Replacing one for the other; the divine book(s) of God with the man-made, ‘The deceleration of independence’.
What the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting has re-awoken is the gun debate. The American constitution in its second amendment gives the right to every citizen to own a gun responsibly; for hunting, protection and self-defense purposes. The shootings have caused a national debate to take place across America, on how to curb gun violence and limit the growing PR damage. Without needing to change the second amendment of the deceleration of independence. The funny thing is, secularists are ready at any given rate, to change the laws of God. Yet, they think long and hard before touching the constitution. It seems as though they honour and respect the words of their founders more than they do of God, a divine entity! – Chuckle.
In summary, this is the dilemma facing any irreligious person in his daily life. If he removes the laws of God from his life, like in America, a new set of rules automatically takes its place. Which means although man can say whatever he likes, that he is free to do what he wants. A man will always be pinned down to ‘A’ set of rules and declarations. Whether this is God’s rules or a man’s rule, remains to be seen. The idea, ‘I will be free to do what i want, when I want’, is completely ludicrous!
The lessons for us is, there will always be a set of rules governing our lives. It’s up to us to choose which set of rules, declarations and laws we wish to follow; God or Man.