Jordan Rickards: 00:01 All right. Welcome to the ConservativeOpinion.com video podcast question and answer session. Today’s question is “wouldn’t it be better to have a secular society that is governed by reason, in place of a society where religion continues to have such a strong influence?”
Jordan Rickards: 02:56 Some of us are better suited to be productive members of society than others and some of us are far more likely to be burdens on society than others. At least when you eliminate the Creator, that’s how you’d start viewing people. That’s what’s self evident. That’s what’s secular rationalism. Okay. And not only are we not created equal, we certainly do not become more equal as time progresses. So a secular, rational government must reject equality because it’s irrational. And once you reject equality under the law, all sorts of Pandora’s boxes have to open. Because if we’re not all equal, why should we have equal rights? Why do we tolerate those who are less equal? And who by being less strong and less smart and less productive, impose costs on the rest of us. And this starts to call into question individual rights because what if the well-being of the greater group can be improved by infringing on the rights of certain less equal individuals?
Jordan Rickards: 03:53 What if the rights of the majority can be improved by infringing on the rights of the minority? This is dangerous territory. And we’ve seen this before. It’s not hypothetical, it’s not untried as Hitchens would have you believe. This has been tried over and over again. And what you see in all these secular societies is a determination that they shouldn’t waste resources on the poor and the weak, but rather support the productive and the strong like China for example, and the Soviet Union and others where the best and the brightest get all the resources and for everyone else it’s survival of the fittest. That’s rational central planning for you. And in its extreme form, this is where you get eugenics from. This idea that we need to suppress and limit and ultimately eliminate what they call and this is their words, not mine, “undesirable populations.” Okay. This even happened in the United States in the early part of the 20th century where we were sterilizing quote unquote “mentally feeble” people because we wanted to eliminate them from the gene pool because we were trying to create a model world.
Jordan Rickards: 04:56 In fact, there’s a very famous Supreme Court case called Buck versus Bell, which is still valid law by the way, and which is still cited every now and then, where the court upheld the validity of mandatory sterilization of people with low IQs saying, and I quote, three generations of imbeciles is enough. Okay, that’s American law for you and this is what you get with secular rationalism. The rights of the strong exceed the rights of the weak and the rights of the many exceed the rights of the few. So you have to create, or I should say, you have to keep the Creator in the equation so that we are all equal in that we are all children of God, equal in His eyes, put here not randomly or in error, but deliberately and designed for specific purposes, each of us inherently valuable because we are each inherently valued by a God who is all knowing and all loving.
Jordan Rickards: 05:49 Now some secularist and atheist would say, “well look, you can reject God and still accept and codify the same and liberties that we’ve always known.” Well, first of all, we haven’t always known them. It was a quite an accomplishment to get to this point. But secondly, even if you codify them, it’s irrational to do so, and I just showed you why. The only way to have a society based on reason that values equality and individual rights, that preserves the gains of the Enlightenment, is to reject secularism. Now that’s not to say we should have a theocracy, but rather that a free people who value equality and individual rights and liberties must always remember to see the image of God and one another. All right, so there’s my answer. Thank you for watching. And as always, if you have questions you’d like me to answer or at least attempt to answer, please feel free to message me through the conservative opinion.com Facebook page or directly through the website. All right, take care. And God bless.