Here vjtorley cites the unspeakable Johansson case (Sweden), asking “Are secular humanism and freedom of thought ultimately incompatible?” The short answer is: Of course.
Secular humanism, as normally argued, denies the reality of the mind. On that, note this item at New Scientist on illusions, real and imagined*, which dramatically dismisses free will and just about everything else,
This might come as a shock, but everything you think is wrong. Much of what you take for granted about day-to-day existence is largely a figment of your imagination. From your senses to your memory, your opinions and beliefs, how you see yourself and others and even your sense of free will, things are not as they seem. The power these delusions hold over you is staggering, yet, as Graham Lawton discovers, they are vital to help you function in the world.
– Graham Lawton, “The grand delusion: Why nothing is as it seems” (16 May 2011)
The only freedom possible, if this folly were true – and the secular humanist believes it is – is the freedom of a dog in his run. The dog can do what he likes, except leave the run. Which is approximately what happened to the Johansson boy … snatched from the plane a few minutes from authentic freedom …
In Sweden’s secular humanist paradise, what the government did to young Johansson is wise, just, and good. In the same way, the kennel master feeds the dogs and confines them to their runs. He would be to blame if he didn’t.
Not only is secular humanism the enemy of authentic freedom, but authentic freedom must be the enemy of secular humanism.
* Imagined? There is nothing unusual about thoughtful people taking their own sources of bias or error into account, in which case the inevitable triumph of illusion is merely imagined by the secular humanist.
Denyse O’Leary is co-author of The Spiritual Brain.