Citing overt religiosity on campus, a West Point Academy cadet publicly quit this week just months before graduation. This is not the first time the military has come under fire for practices that nonreligious students see as aggressively evangelical.
Today’s secularists argue in the following way: “I don’t want to hear about God and you do. If we hear about God then you are being aggressive and my rights are being violated. Therefore, you should be tolerant of my views by denying your own, and I’ll be tolerant of your views by insisting that you adhere to mine.”
Perhaps the most cunning deceit in polemics is to so vigorously and passionately accuse your opponent of that which he is innocent but you yourself are guilty that he becomes consumed with defending himself, and the audience becomes consumed with condemning him or accusing him, such that everyone forgets to analyze your position, which is, of course, utterly hypocritical. This is the tactic that today’s aggressive secularists have developed to a fine art, and it can be seen as the unspoken dynamic of this article.
How odd that it comes from the Christian Science Monitor – when it’s a position that is neither Christian nor scientific.