During the 18th century enlightenment secularists drove God out of science. Today secular humanism and evangelical atheism continue to peddle the false notion that there is no place for the Creator in science. This falsehood has taken root in science, so much so that most Christian scientists, including many LDS scholars, believe that science should be devoid of deity. They are mistaken. While it is true that science does not involve the supernatural, it is also true that we can recognize God in science without hypothesizing Him in scientific explanations. Long ago deity was widely recognized during the 17th century scientific revolution. It was a time of scientific progress that saw an end to unproductive religious-sponsored science (i.e., Scholasticism). It was also an era that gave us the scientific method, unprecedented rapid discovery, and famous theistic scientists like Newton, Galileo, Clerk-Maxwell, and Boyle.

Fast forward a few hundred years.

During the late 20th century, secularists drove God out of education. During those decades secular humanists and evangelical atheists succeeded in getting the courts and society to buy into the false notion that there is no place for God in schools. Gone are prayers. Gone are religious Christmas songs and pageants. However, schools are still free to celebrate the occult as evidenced by hallways replete with Halloween regalia at the end of October. It is fine to put up a ghost, but not a wise man. It is fine to put up a skeleton, but not a shepherd. It is fine to portray a wolf howling at a pale moon, but not a child looking up in wonder at the Star of Bethlehem. It is fine to talk about gifts of candy, but not gifts of frankincense and myrrh. And it is fine to portray a witch, but not baby Jesus.

Secular humanists and evangelical atheists are winning. They are well on their way to achieving three of their main objectives.

To remove all references to God from science – done.

To remove all references to God from schools – done.

To remove all references to God from public venues – almost there (see below).

Clergy and their prayers have been banned from participating in 10 year 9-11 memorial. Mayor Bloomberg has gone out of his way to ensure that no clergy speak or say a public prayer at the event. Has this guy been spending too much time on the phone with the Council for Secular Humanism, or has he been golfing with evangelical atheists? Probably not, but something is definitely amiss.

Mayor Bloomberg’s press secretary Stu Loeser provided an explanation. He said that this anniversary was planned 10 years ago with the victims’ families in mind.  “The structure for this program was designed 10 years ago, with the consultation of a lot of families of those who died, and it is primarily for the families,” Mr. Loeser said. Perhaps many of the victims’ families asked that no clergy deliver spiritual messages or prayers. That does not surprise me. In a recent NOVA presentation on the 9-11 attacks, family members were interviewed and several said that they were still upset with God. Others said that 9-11 led them to doubt the existence of an all knowing and all good supreme being. It comes as no surprise then that at least some of the families, angry from what happened to their loved ones, want no open spiritual expressions. I am sympathetic. They are having a difficult time reconciling spiritual beliefs with what happened on 9-11.

We should remember that tragedy in the form of loosing a loved one to disease, accident, carelessness, or hatred comes to all of us – none are immune. It is natural to ask God, “Why did this happen?” But as is often the case, there are no clear answers. I know that God does not take good people from the earth by making a teenager die in a violent car crash, by making a child get run over by a cement truck, by making a young wife or husband fall ill to cruel disease, or by making a mother or father die at the hands of a terrorist. I also know that when tragedy strikes, God wants us to turn to him in prayer and humility. Why does He want us to turn our hearts to Him in the face of tragedy? So that He may bless us with sublime peace and comfort that only comes through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

In reference to banning prayer from the 9-11 memorial, Rudy Washington who was deputy mayor of NYC during the 9-11 attacks said, “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there's no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me. I feel like America has lost its way.” He is right. America is losing its way - away from God.

Public prayer asking God to help the victims’ families and the nation heal is what we need. It will help us find our way to God. It will help us find the sort of peace that only comes through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

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