Chuck Norris at a
Mike Huckabee Campaign Event
Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images
After events like the shootings in Illinois, you can be absolutely certain that not much time will pas before some religious authoritarians come out to blame evolution, atheism, secularism, humanism, or all of the above. Once a mediocre actor and now an been worse spokesman for Christian Nationalism, Chuck Norris revels in repeating bigoted assertions without any apparent self-awareness of just how immoral his behavior is.
Chuck Norris writes:
I'm not pretentious enough to believe that I or others can wrap up this horrendous cultural dilemma in a trite and tight, neat package.
Source: World Net Daily
Methinks he doth protest too much. Not only is Chuck Norris quite pretentious, the whole point of his column is to "explain" school shootings with a trite package of anti-secular and anti-science canards:
As I've said in different ways in different settings, we teach our children they are nothing more than glorified apes, yet we don't expect them to act like monkeys. We place our value in things, yet expect our children to value people. We disrespect one another, but expect our children to respect others. We terminate children in the womb, but are surprised when children outside the womb terminate other children. We push God to the side, but expect our children to be godly. We've abandoned moral absolutes, yet expect our children to obey the universal commandment, "Thou shall not murder."
These are the tired, familiar complaints of Chrstian Nationalists and Norris offers them without a hint of justification. He may imagine that he's making serious points in a witty way, but nowhere does he try to establish any logical or evidential connection between the advance of secularism and science with school shootings. Chuck Norris is engaging in a dangerous game here by trying to make atheists, secularists, scientists, and others at least partially responsible for school shootings because he's promoting false, hateful bigotry.
Chuck Norris is also encouraging beliefs that are obvious falsehoods. Remember that America is far more religious than other industrialized countries — countries which don't have incidents of violence like those Norris is trying to "explain." If countries where atheism, secularism, and science are far more common don't have nearly the same problems of violence, then what happens to Norris' idea that violence is produced by increased atheism, secularism, and science?
Once upon a time, churches served as moral centers of a community. Of course, not any longer.
Churches only ever served as "moral centers" for Christians living in a community — just as churches continue to do now. The only thing that has changed is that non-Christians are more numerous and more visible in the same communities. Is this what Chuck Norris is lamenting — the fact that it's harder for Christians to pretend that only they and their beliefs exist or matter in a community?
That wouldn’t surprise me because there have been so many times in Christian history when these "moral centers" not only encouraged Christians to hunt down and chase away non-Christians, but even actively participated.
And as Theodore Roosevelt once said, "In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their Christian duties, is a community on the rapid down grade."
Quoting the bigoted views of someone else doesn't give that bigotry any greater validity — not even when the person being quoted was a President of the United States. Does Chuck Norris imagine that racism might be validated if he quoted the racist opinions of any early American leaders? I hope not, but what he does here isn't any different.
The fact that the words were originally someone else's also doesn't relieve Chuck Norris of responsibility for repeating them in a positive manner here. He many not be their author, but he assumes moral responsibility for them by using them. This mean s Chuck Norris is responsible for promoting the view that all communities which do not fulfill "their Christian duties" — which surely encompasses all non-Christian communities — are inferior to Christian communities where "Christian duties" are remembered. This is Christian Supremacism and is every bit as vile as promoting the superiority of "white communities" where people remember their "duties as whites."
Do we now believe we can consider morality and religion optional, without suffering civil and societal repercussions
Notice how Chuck Norris doesn't consider it optional to treat religion and morality as separate issues. Keeping in mind the above quote, we should regard "religion" here as only referring to Christianity. That's the only religion Chuck Norris seems to care about, which is what we should expect from a Christian Supremacist.
The truth, which Chuck Norris will not or cannot acknowledge, is that morality is not dependent on religion, Christianity, or theism while religion, Christianity, and theism cannot guarantee morality. The immorality which Norris decries is occurring in the most religious of all industrialized nations — and so is the immorality which Norris himself commits. The overall religiosity of America doesn't stop the immorality he decries while his own religiosity is the source for his immoral behavior.