Summary: The idea of Inalienable rights is rooted in Genesis and the fact that human beings are created in the image of God. Neither Secular Humanism or Islam recognize this. This message looks at this in an instructional way.
Pastor Eric J. Hanson
November 26th 2006
A message like this one can stand alone, but I strongly suggest that each one listening to Inalienable Rights also get a CD or tape of my message from two weeks prior to this one. Clash of Civilizations bring out some stark facts about the life and death struggle between two major Worldviews which is being acted out on a global scale in our time.
Two Groups Who Wish to Rule the World
There are many aspects to this clash of civilizations. Two of the major Worldviews of our time, which are both aggressive, are Secular Humanism, and Islam. The main proponents of each of these World Views, intend to dominate the World.
Secular Humanists seek to gain power through peaceable means such as packing the Supreme and district courts of the Earth with secular humanist judges and justices. They seek, at an even more basic level, to control education, from the University level on down. In almost every nation of the Western World, they have largely succeeded in this. From Harvard to Cambridge, to the University of Paris, to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, their grip is like iron.
They have also targeted the newsrooms of America’s and Europe’s media, from the largest Newspapers, such as the New York Times, to the major TV networks of the Western World, such as the BBC. From sitcoms, to the nightly news, to the editorial page, to Major Movies, the signers of Humanist Manifesto II, and their millions of followers have gained control of most of our culture’s outlets.
In our Nation, the United States of America, about 10% of the total population of our land is now out and out Secular Humanists, fully steeped in and saturated by that Worldview and its goals of socialism, population control, total sexual freedom and eradication of marriage, eventual Worldwide Government, children raised by the state or certain selected elites, government by the elite, and so on.
Secular Humanism, which claims that there is no God, and turns man’s reasoning power into a substitute god, states that rights are given or withheld in accordance with the conclusions reached by the finest minds and best thinkers among each generation of humankind. Common people, and those who are practitioners of all serious religions (which Secularists call superstitions), in a truly Secular Humanist are a commodity to be managed by the educated elite, who know what is best for the rest of us, how to ration health care, who lives or dies, how to best censor and re-write history, etc.
Islam, on the other hand, as it has since its inception, seeks to force the whole World to worship its God, Allah, and follow the teachings of its prophet Mohammed. If people, or groups of people won’t be converted, they must submit, becoming Dhimmi (resident non-citizens of any Islamic land, who have no rights), or be exiled or killed. There is no place for pluralism within any nation which comes under Islam. The religion and the state become one, with the government totally under the control and authority of the Muslim mullahs. The job of government becomes the carrying out of Shariah, or Islamic law. Today, under the sword of Mohammed, unimaginably cruel and brutal things are being done to people who simply wish to live in peace according to their own belief systems. In many nations today, from Indonesia to Sudan, to Iraq, people are being burned alive, beheaded, hacked to pieces, starved to death, and suffering other atrocities in the name of Islam. Under Islam, people have no intrinsic worth. Worth only comes from submitting to Islam.
By the way, Allah is not the God of the Bible by simply another name. Our Father in Heaven, who created and sustains the Heavens and the Earth, is utterly different from Allah.
Conclusions Concerning Secular Humanism and Islam
These two ways of looking at the nature of reality, of life, death, and eternity, have very little in common with each other. One big, very important thing they do have in common is a basic disregard for the God given rights of people.
This message, Inalienable Rights, speaks to the assumptions regarding the nature of God and of mankind that the whole Western World View has been built upon. The clearest and finest expression of this underlying set of assumptions is found in our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Here are a couple of relevant, famous, but often ignored or misunderstood passages from it.
Declaration of Independence Passages
When in the course of Human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the Earth, that separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind, requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.