No One Expects the Secular Inquisition

"In the past, American-brand religious bigotry has been largely internecine in fashion.... Now, however, bigotry with regard to religion has been directed by secular Americans against religion itself." - Ben Shapiro

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This hatred of religion manifests itself in policy. It will not be long before secular radicals press for the closure of religious schools, suggesting that religious teaching amounts to indoctrination in intolerance. It will not be long before secular radicals reach into churches and homes as well. It’s time for religious people to wake up.

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We've seen the Supreme Court establish the precedent for revoking tax exemption for those who religious practices, no matter how illogical, are contrary to public policy. We've seen people dragged into expensive litigation for the same reason. 

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

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Though I don't recommend the philosophy of Atlas Shrugged, one of the striking things about Rand's tale is the way the culture embraces collectivism and egalitarianism... and stupidity. Most of the oppression comes from the culture rather than from the government. This was the thing I found most haunting about the book... and what's creepy about current social trends. A huge factor feeding this, IMO, is increasing forgetfulness of western cultural history. People seem to genuinely not know that traditional sexual ethics have been around for thousands of years and are integral to both Judaism and Christianity, and pieces of it in a few other religions. So suddenly, believing certain behaviors are wrong is "bigotry"? You have to be either profoundly ignorant or profoundly intellectually dishonest to take that position. But this is the trend.

Widespread, solid education in history of western civilization would help.