Humanism vs. Christianity
The Polarization of America
by Patrick Vosse
Polarization of America
Chapter 14 - Down the Slippery Slope and Through the Back Door
The proletariat will use its
political supremacy to wrest,
by degree, all capital
from the bourgeoisie, to centralize all instruments of production in
the hands of the State, i.e., of the proletariat organized
as the ruling class; and to increase the total productive forces as
rapidly as possible.
The American public, and particularly
Christians, would not accept much of the Humanist agenda
outright. Politically, Americans were initially opposed to Marxism
to the extent that in the middle of the 20th
century many "Reds" were jailed for being un-American. However, by the
end of the first decade of the 21st century, the White House
is full of "Reds" (or, at
least "Pinks") and is attempting, with some success, to implement the
Progressive agenda. How did that happen? It happened through small steps
that were often ignored. It happened through judicial decisions
disguised as something else. It happened slowly and
executed with patience. As the old Chinese saying goes, "A journey of a
thousand miles begins with a single step." And, we might add, continues
one small step at a time. When Humanists propose a change to a law that
would only slightly compromise Christian values, Christians often
challenge the change as the first step down the slippery slope to more
significant moral compromise. Humanists, often with a sneer, counter
with, "The slippery slope theory in all in your head." History proves,
however, that concerns regarding the implementation of the Humanist
agenda through slippery slopes are well founded. A few examples are
Evolution to Abortion
The first part of the book was devoted to
the Creation-Evolution debate. It might seem odd to devote so much of
the book to just one issued in the Humanism-Christianity
conflict, however, that issue is woven throughout the conflict and forms
the foundation for many of the other issues, abortion is one.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, until the Ď60s, abortion
was taboo. Abortion was not accepted by society. It was done, but in
secrete. It was illegal and the consensus was that it was murder because
the fetus is an individual from
conception. As the sexual revolution progressed
in the Ď60s and 70ís, the demand for abortion increased and became more
acceptable by society. However, abortion could not be imposed directly
because society was not ready for that. A gradual process with backdoor
assistance from activist judges was called for.
This is shown graphically in Figure 9.
Step 1. Establish evolution as a scientific fact.
By the mid-20ís, evolution
had already become controversial and there was considerable opposition
to it; not just from the Christian community
but from many scientists as well. The issue came to a head
with the Scopes trial discussed
earlier. If evolution could be introduced in the public schools as
legitimate science, it would be an established
principle and a legitimate foundation for Humanism. But
conservative lawmakers imposed laws that prohibited the teaching of
evolution in the public schools. The majority of the citizens were in
agreement. The Scopes trial challenged the prohibition and the jury
found Scopes guilty. He was fined 100 dollars. Most narratives end the
story there, but the ACLU appealed the
decision to the Tennessee Supreme Court. The court,
in one of the earliest act of judicial activism
regarding evolution, overturned the lower court and the decision of the
jury; not because of the facts of the case, but because he decided the
fine was excessive. The backdoor opposition to justice began the
slippery slope of establishing evolution as legitimate within the common
culture, if not the scientific community.
Step 2. Use evolution to prove that humans are merely animals.
The evolution hypothesis
states that all organisms evolved from a single parent
organism through a process of natural selection. All animals are
different only by their evolutionary history. Humans are merely animals
at an advanced stage of evolution (see Figure 8, above). Many Humanists
would argue that humans have no more rights than other animals. If God
is removed from the equation, an axiom for the Humanist,
then Man is not unique among the animal kingdom except for
his intelligence and even that is considered a natural extension of
quantity, not quality. Decisions by judicial activists support this
philosophy by reaffirming evolution by natural
selection as a legitimate science and must be taught in public school.
Figure 9. The slippery slope from
evolution to abortion.
Step 3. Establish that fetal development is an evolutionary manifestation
and, in its early stages of development, the fetus is not fully human.
In 1876, a colleague of Darwin,
Ernst Haeckel, published a book,
General Morphology of Organisms,
with the purpose of supporting Darwinís hypothesis.
In the book, Haeckel introduced the Biogenetic Law. The
Biogenetic Law proposes that the human embryo retraces the steps of
evolution as it develops. The fetus,
according to Haeckel, develops a yolk sac, tail, gills, and so forth,
retracing the various stages of human evolution. He even presented
drawings of these stages of fetal evolution. Later, Haeckel was exposed
as a fraud, his drawings merely creative cartoons and his colleagues
denounced the Biogenetic Law. Yet Humanists, using the same techniques
that sold evolution to the public, continued the biogenetic myth. The
childrenís doctor, Spock, mentioned earlier, continued the myth that was
debunked decades earlier.
Each child as he develops is retracing
the whole history of mankind, physically and spiritually, step by step.
A baby starts off in the womb as a single tiny cell, just the way the
first living thing appeared in the ocean. Weeks later, as he lies in the
amniotic fluid of the womb, he has gills like a fish Ö
As late as 1986, the myth of biogenetics
was circulating throughout the culture with the help of the readerís
digest Book of Facts, which published the myth including Haeckelís
cartoon drawings. It is in the interest of the Progressive
to promote Haeckelís fallacy because it supports abortion.
Biogenetics allows the Progressive to raise the question: If the fetus
starts out as a simple organism and
evolves, retracing the steps of human evolution, when
does the fetus become a person?
Step 4. The human fetus is not yet human.
In 1973, fetal evolution
became the center of the Supreme Court's decision.
They stated that they could not determine when a fetus
became a legal person (even thought for murder a fetus at any stage of
development is a legal person) and divided the issue into three. In the
first trimester, based on the assumption that since the fetus had not
yet developed into a human (its DNA
would argue that point), abortions could be legal for almost any reason.
In the second trimester, because of the greater
possibility of the fetus developing into a human, greater restrictions
to the abortion would apply. In
the third trimester, with the high probability that the fetus had
developed into a human, abortions could only be performed under very
limited conditions. Here is judicial activism
based on bogus science that is discounted by embryologists but is
accepted with a "wink and a nod" to further the Humanist
Step 5. Abortion is not murder because the fetus
has not yet developed into a human it is merely a biological growth.
This thinking not only furthers the
practice of abortion legally, it
supports abortion psychologically. It is much easier to discuss the
removal of the undeveloped tissue in the womb that to talk about killing
the baby. This technique is universally used by family planning and
abortion clinics and it is based on fraudulent science.
From Evolution to Anti-Christianity
In all of the examples discussed here,
the mechanisms are much more complicated that presented and the chain of
events shown are but a part of the total picture. However, they are a
key factor in the slippery slopes discussed. Another chain of events
implementing the Humanist agenda is the progression from
the acceptance of evolution in our society to the
restrictions placed on Christianity. This chain of progression is shown
in Figure 10.
Figure 10. The slippery slope from
evolution to anti-Christianity.
Step 1. Allow the teaching of evolution in public schools.
We discussed the inclusion of evolution
in school curricula in Step 1 of the section above. The
Scopes trial was the main factor in
starting the slide down the slope. However, in 1968 the Supreme Court
went even further in the case of Epperson v.
Arkansas (1968), discussed above, where it ruled the Arkansas law
prohibiting teaching evolution in public schools
unconstitutional as establishing a religion.
As mentioned previously, the Constitutional Establishment
Clause applies to the federal
government but does not apply to a state government. Judicial
activism took a giant
step towards the implementation of the Humanist Manifesto.
Step 2. Require the teaching of evolution in public schools.
There is a big difference between
allowing evolution to be taught and requiring it to be
taught. Among the cases mentioned in Chapter 8, two gave the Humanist
the foothold they needed to establish Step 2. In Segraves
v. State of California, (1981) and Peloza v. Capistrano School
District (1994) the courts essentially required the teaching of
evolution in public schools.
Step 3. Prevent the of teaching creation in public schools.
The next step is to eliminate any
discussion of creation from the school curriculum. The
elimination of creation from schools is not as important as the reason
for eliminating it: the Establishment Clause.
The courts decided in favor of the ACLU
objections to teaching creation in schools because, since it is not an
established scientific principle, it is religion and
violates the Establishment Clause. In this step, evolution
is used as a tool to open the door to the removal of
religion from the public forum through judicial activism.
Step 4. Prevent prayer in schools
Once the courts have established that it
is unconstitutional to discuss creation in schools
because it violates the Establishment Clause,
it is a small step to prohibit anything that has a religious
connotation. First official prayer is prohibited, then private prayer
time, then voluntary and private Bible studies on school groundsÖthe
list goes on. In the Progressive expansion of the Establishment Clause
the courts have violated the Free Exercise Clause. Once the Free Exercise Clause is violated, the precedent is
set for restricting religious expression in other areas.
Step 5. Prevent prayer in any public forum.
has successfully challenged opening meetings such as school boards and
official government meetings with prayer. With each challenge the
restriction on public religious expression is increased. However, it is
not just the ACLU. Progressives that hold the Humanist
philosophy dear are more open in their challenges at
public meetings. The Humanist philosophy is becoming embedded within our
culture (political correctness) and with it
an increasing opposition to Christianity.
Step 6. Prevent any public display of religion.
Each year, Nativity scenes in public
spaces are challenged. Christian symbols, such as a
cross, are objected to if they can be seen from a public area, like a
road. Students are reprimanded for wearing a necklace with a cross. Each
year the Progressives try to marginalize Christians more, and they are
From Evolution to Eugenics and Euthanasia
By now, it should be clear why the first
fifth of the book was devoted to the evolution-creation
debate. While evolution is an issue of contention in
itself, it is also used as a tool to start the slippery slope for
several other Humanist goals. The Humanist Manifesto
seems obsessed with death. It claims to promote
euthanasia, and free use of drugs as rights and liberating
humanity from the dogmas of religion. In practice, the
Progressives appear to have an agenda in which they actually promote
the death of these individuals.
hypothesis states that a species develops and improves
through natural selection. Merge this concept with the Unitarian idea
that we are "saved" though knowledge that improves society or the
collective salvation, discussed above, and we
see the development of a philosophy where humans are in
control of their own destiny. Humans need not wait for "natural"
selection; humans can do the selecting and speed things along, evolution
by human selection.. Early Progressives, such as Margaret Sanger,
were successful in attracting many influential
personalities to eugenics. Eugenics fell out of public
favor when it became associated with Hitler, however, the
concept is still alive and well.
Recall that Humanism was
conceived by the intellectuals and elite components of our society.
Eugenics is appealing to that group because they are the top of the food
chain and eugenics favors their survival. Eugenics,
however, demands the elimination of the "undesirable" elements of
society. However, it might be considered "politically incorrect" to
overtly promote the elimination of several million citizens simply
because they did not measure up to someoneís standard. A more subtle
approach is called for. Since most unwanted pregnancies occur with the
poor and uneducated, promoting abortions within that group furthers the
"purification process." Those with mental and emotional challenges, the
aged, the chronically ill, and others that are a drain on society can
gently be persuaded to "exercise their right" to suicide
or euthanasia. Progressives need a complicated slippery slope to
achieve this and the slippery slope requires considerable
assistance from the judicial activist.
The five steps of the slippery slope from
evolution to euthanasia and eugenics is
given in Figure 11.
Figure 11. The slippery slope from evolution to eugenics and
Step 1. Establish evolution as a scientific fact.
This step was discussed in regard to the
Step 2. Use evolution to establish natural selection benefits the species.
This is the fundamental premise of the
evolution hypothesis. Through natural
selection, the species eliminates the "undesirable", the weak, and the
unfit and favors the strong.
Step 3. Humanity can be improved through natural selection.
If humans are a product of evolution,
and evolution is the only criteria for the human condition
and development, then evolution will continue to develop humanity
through natural selection. However, in a modern society, the "unfit" are
protected and breed, they are immune from the natural selection
processes that normally would eliminate them and society continues to
contain their undesirable genes. In a modern society, there
is a danger of defeating the natural selection process and preventing
the advancement of the human species.
Step 4. Removing inferior individuals will improve the human species.
The solution is to remove the "inferior
breeding stock" through birth control. If inferior individuals do not
contribute their genes to the human gene pool and only the
"superior" individuals contribute their genes, the human species will
continue its advancement through "artificial selection" and the
advancement of humanity will develop at an accelerated pace. However,
this is not entirely efficient or effective since the "undesirables"
tend to be more fecund than the desirable elite. It is necessary,
therefore to take direct action.
Step 5. Euthanizing all undesirables will advance society and bring us closer
to our human potential.
This was the "final solution" of Hitler.
Just kill those who do not contribute to the advancement
of society or are a drag on it. The old and infirm: "help them" to a
peaceful exit from life. The mentally disturbed: they have a
"right" to suicide. The amniotic fluid in the womb
indicates the child may be retarded: it is more humane to kill
the child than to allow it to have such a "difficult life" (or is it the
parent that would have the difficult life?). These rationalizations, and
more, are already being implemented. It is a small step in the
rationalization process to broaden the definition of undesirable and
"purify" the species with more direct actions.
From National Sovereignty to World Government
Not all the slippery slopes begin with
evolution; take the goal to establish a secular world
government for example. One does not have to be either a Humanist
or a Christian to be passionate about this
issue. However, Christians have an interest in world government that
transcends politics and economics. How a world government affects the
relationship between Humanists and Christians will be discussed in
Chapters 14 and 15. Here we will explore the slippery slope that leads
to a world government.
is a published goal of Humanists (HM2, Articles 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and
17) Figure 12, shows the various step in the slippery slope to world
government that have transpired over the last century. Obviously, the
process is much more complicated than shown here, however, this will
provide the basis for considering the concept.
Figure 12. The slippery slope using a
series of crises to establish a world government.
Step 1. Capitalize on the crisis of World War I.
People usually do not like change,
particularly if they are comfortable with the status quo. If
there is a crisis, however, people are likely to listen to
proposals for change. Rahm Emanuel, President Obamaís previous Chief of Staff, is quoted as saying
"You donít ever want a crisis to go to waste; itís an opportunity to do
important things that you would otherwise avoid." The trauma of WWI
provided such a crisis; the world was in shock.
Step 2. Establish the League of Nations.
The League of Nations was Woodrow Wilsonís attempt to unite the world under a
centralized governance system in response to the crisis of
the war. It was supposed to avoid war by exerting central control over
individual countries when disputes arise. The League of Nations failed,
largely due to the fact that no nation wants to give up its sovereignty.
Step 3. Capitalize on the crisis of World War II.
If first you donít succeedÖ. The trauma
of WWII was even greater and more encompassing than that of WWI. WWII
introduced nuclear warfare and just the thought of an all-out nuclear
war created universal agreement that such a crisis had to
be prevented at all costs.
Step 4. Establish the United Nations.
This time the Humanists had
learned many lessons from the failed League of Nations and were
successful in establishing the United Nations.
The initial responsibilities were modest and
non-threatening and, therefore, presented minimal threat to the
sovereignty of individual nations. However, once established, it is
possible to make gradual changes that lead to an objective that would
otherwise be rejected. In their book, Nudge: Improving Decisions about
Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard
Thaler and Cass Sunstein
introduce the concept of "choice architecture." The idea is to present
choices in such a way that people will make the choice you want them to
make. They are not forced into a decision, just "nudged" into it. This
is where a crisis comes in handy. When faced with a crisis,
leaders can present alternatives in such a way that propaganda can place
their choice in a favorable light and other alternative are presented
with negative side effects. One can choose another alternative; but why
would they. This procedure has been implemented in the United Nations
for years and is now, more than ever, being used to move toward a world
government. The key is to establish a crisis mind set in the world.
Whether the crisis is real or not is irrelevant. The world leaders are
now presenting us with three major crises.
Step 5. Present the crisis of global economic collapse.
It started in 2007 and resulted in the
worst global economic meltdown in decades. The hows and whys of the
financial disaster are still being debated, but the answers are
irrelevant. What is important is that there is a financial crisis.
As the crisis developed, Socialists were quick to point out
that Capitalism was the cause and the world needed to
turn to Socialism for global economic stability and security. Many
people were loosing money and they were looking for alternatives.
Step 6. Present the crisis of global warming.
Humanity, we are told, has only a hundred
years or so before a world-wide disaster due to global warming
will wipe us out. Global warming is causing the polar
caps to melt, fish to die, draught, rain, hurricanes, and a significant
increase in objectionable body odor. The crisis has been
assisted by biased science, as discussed above, so it is difficult to
know if the condition is as serious as described. But, as in the case of
the economic crisis, the answer is irrelevant; what is important is that
the crisis is perceived to exist.
Step 7. Present a crisis of terrorism and global war.
Although the cold war is no longer in the
headlines, "wars and rumors of wars" abound. In many cases, the wars, as
is the nature of war, result in atrocities that demand
justice. Rwanda is an example of genocide on a massive
scale. Currently there are several aggressive, "loose cannon", nations
that have, or are close to having, nuclear weapons. Terrorism was
sporadically reported for years, then the attack on 9/11 seemed to
trigger and avalanche of terrorist aggression. When the United States
responded by attacking terrorists in Afghanistan and later in Iraq,
Humanists were extremely upset (and still are). Even though there was a
coalition of nations involved with the response, many in the United
Nations were of the opinion that the response
should have been from the UN, even though the UN to this point has been
almost completely ineffective in dealing with war or terrorism.
We have a global economy that suffers from some deficiencies, the
most glaring of which are the instability of financial markets, the
asymmetry between center and periphery, and the difficulty in taxing
capital. Fortunately, we have some international institutions to
address these issues, but they will have to be strengthened and
perhaps some new ones created.
The Atlantic Monthly, January, 1998
Step 8. Establish global financial regulations.
The economic disaster beginning in 2007 caused panic throughout the world.
Stock markets nosedived, foreign exchange was chaotic, and the credit
market collapsed. The international community blamed
free market Capitalism (the Marxist theme song) and called
for international regulations that would greatly curtail the freedom of
financial institutions. An international currency, like the Euro in
Europe, has been considered but the time is not right for that as yet.
The need for central control of the world economy is
being advance throughout the UN and many of it Marxist-leaning members.
Step 9. Establish global carbon emission regulations.
The international environmental
conferences held in the past several years all had the
common goal of establishing international environmental standards that
apply to all nations. However, in the past these efforts to impose
global environmental regulations on all countries has failed largely
due to concerns about national sovereignty and economic impact. Then the
specter of global warming conveniently emerged and
it became "clear" that the world faced a world-wide problem more serious
than any war. It was claimed by Humanists, particularly those in the UN,
that international governance of the problem was necessary. Even when
the UN sponsored climate change researchers were found to be publishing
erroneous reports and global warming may not be as serious as presented,
the UN leadership has not missed a step in their effort to establish a
centralized set of regulations that are binding on all nations and are
enforced by UN bureaucrats. It is only a matter of time until a small
concession is made that initially appears innocuous but has the
potential of growing into a sovereignty-killing body of enactments that
lead toward world governance.
Step 10. Establish a World Court and global army.
The foundation of a sovereign nation is
its legal system and its defense capability. Initially, the UN was a
forum for debating international problems. The International Court of
Justice was established to settle legal disputed brought before by
nations and the UN general Assembly. The International Criminal Court
deals with issues of genocide,
crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of
aggression. The UN Security Council now has the power to send troops,
composed of member nations, into an area that is in conflict and where
external policing is required.
Step 11. Establish a world government.
The discussion of this step required a
bit of speculation or, perhaps we can call it educated guesswork. We are
poised near the brink. The pressure is increasing to establish a world
government. One can hear Progressive pundits calling for it in all the
media outlets. It seems that worldwide crises are increasing
and the "only solution" is global governance. Each year we are nudged
closer to the brink. This slippery slope used only three example of the
Progressive push toward a world government, however, there are more, and
if that is not enough, new crises can be conjured if necessary. In each
of the examples given here, there will be a small crack in the closed
door that will let them push a toe in. Once that is done, it is merely a
matter of degree, not principle. Once a World Court is
established to handle genocide and atrocious war crimes,
is easy to expand the scope to environmental
"crimes" or the violation of international financial regulations of
individuals within a sovereign nation. Of course, a policing agency
would be necessary to enforce the new international regulations.
Naturally, all of this will need a bureaucratic administration to
oversee the effort and to propose broader authority to deal with the new
crises the bureaucrats are continuing to identify to assure job
security. Donít bother to complain to your Congressional Representative,
itís out of her hands. And that is just the beginning.
 Baby and Child Care,
(Cardinal Giant Addition, 1957, p. 223)
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