On a review regarding Vexed:
"Sexularism"? Ha! Ha! Neologisms do not a philosophy create. For
millennia, diverse societies have ever so painfully devised cultivated
ethical systems (e.g.the 10 Commandments) to diminish mere animal
intincts and habits to make common life more civilized.
like Erasmus reasoned that human beings can collectively achieve
effective behavioral systems such as secularism. Most thoughtful people
would agree that rational sexual behaviour is far superior, for example,
to the Roman Catholic puritanism that recently resulted too often in
Sharia laws even persecute women who have been
raped--because "they" have brought dishonor to their families. (The
woman can even save herself by marrying the rapist!) Secular societies
have the right to make such irrational "legislation" unlawful, and
punishable by secular laws. EuroAmerica has been more and more openly
threatened by invasions of Islamic congregants who would destroy our
secular laws by their theological commitments.
Sharia law is not only
brutal and sexist in sexual relations, but punishes thieves by chopping
off their right hand! Or stoning an adultress to death. Christian
theology is no less uncivilized with its punishments of eternal
hellfire. BBC radio has been reporting lately of Iraqi "justice"
murdering gays. Such pathologically insane behavior would rule by fatwa.
By secular reasoning I believe that dope addiction, irrational sexual
freedom, pornography and other commercialized evils are destructive of
families and societies.
But only reasonable improvements are acceptable
to the thoughtfully secular. So many of these aberrations result from
commercial greed that it is plain stupidity to punish the victims by
Sharia laws. A thousand years ago Christianity burned heretics at the
stake. Reason allowed us to extricate ourselves from such intellectual
slavery. In the last century Naziism tried to eliminate the Jews, just
as Christians tried in the Middle Ages to eliminate Muslims. We all have
been irrational sinners. We must thank God for giving us the power to
think our ways out of such dead ends.