The moral code of christian monotheism is almost grotesque now to those who look back on its confusions, lately still more grotesque in the ‘sermons’ of politicians, evangelicals, and dot.gov psychopaths.
But the issue of secular morality is itself under assault and the morality of politicians, in the era of ‘national security states’, covert agencies, and drone assassination, is a warning sign of the coming terminal corruption of secular morality, which however can always apply critique and renewal. But can a philosophic secularist really hope to stand up at this point to the immense edifice of governmental illusion run by psychopaths? Have politicians in the name of machiavelli killed secular morality?
Last October Attorney General Bill Barr delivered a speech at Notre Dame during which he claimed that “Judeo-Christian moral standards are the ultimate rules for human conduct” and that “the fact is that no secular creed has emerged capable of performing the role of religion.” Barr, like many other Catholic and Evangelical fundamentalists, believes that without the moral standards defined by religion, society is doomed. That simply isn’t true. Look at Sweden and many other countries that are far more secular than American, yet have much lower crime rates. And in America, Christians are 20 times more likely to find themselves incarcerated than atheists. But Barr goes on to say that his moral standards “are like God’s instruction manual for the best running of man and human society.” Are they?