America is divided and is in an undeclared civil war according to Dennis Prager. He stated that the war is between the religious and the anti-religious. He described the war as follows:
The left has contempt for evangelical
Protestants, traditional Catholics, and Orthodox Jews for good reason: They
represent everything the left loathes; and while there are, of course, secular
conservatives who fight the left, the largest and most effective opposition
comes from conservative Christians and Jews.
Prager believes that the “differences
begin in childhood” because “Most religious kids … are raised with different
values than most secular kids.” This is particularly true of those kids who “attend
traditional Christian and Jewish schools,” or have parents who see that they
are taught properly. He gives the following examples.
No. 1: Religious upbringing: Fight
yourself. Secular upbringing: Fight society.
studied in yeshiva (Orthodox Jewish school, where half the day I studied Bible
and other religious subjects in Hebrew, and half the day I studied secular
subjects in English) from kindergarten to 12th grade. I learned early on that
the biggest problem in Dennis Prager’s life was Dennis Prager. In nearly all
secular schools and in liberal religious schools, kids learn that the biggest
problem in their lives is American society—in fact, everything other than
2: Religious Upbringing: Learn wisdom. Secular Upbringing: No body of wisdom
have no doubt that most kids raised with the Bible and other Jewish or
Christian works have more wisdom than almost any secular professor or other
secular intellectual. Yes, there are secular individuals who have wisdom (the
Judeo-Christian body of wisdom sometimes continues to have influence for a
generation or two), but I cannot think of a single secular institution with
3: Religious Upbringing: People are not basically good. Secular Upbringing:
People are basically good.
begins,” both Psalms and Proverbs teach, “with fear of God.” In other words, no
God, no wisdom….
belief that people are basically good, a belief that neither Judaism nor
Christianity has ever held, is a major obstacle to making a good society. For
one thing, parents who believe this will not discipline their children as much
as they need to. They will assume, as three generations of American parents now
have, that all a child needs is love.
for another, people who believe human nature is good are much less inclined to
punish criminals because they will blame murder, theft, rape and other evils on
economic circumstances, parents, and society—on anything but the criminal’s
failure to control his flawed nature.
4: Religious Upbringing: Holy days. Secular Upbringing: No holy days.
children celebrate holy days—the Sabbath each week and other holy days in their
respective religious calendars. Regular times devoted to the Transcendent have
a major impact on the development of a child.
secular child has secular holidays, but they mean little to most American young
people. July Fourth is a day off with a barbecue. Meaningless Halloween has
come to have more significance than meaningful Christmas. Presidents’ Day means
nothing. And Thanksgiving is increasingly declared Indigenous Peoples’ Genocide
5: Religious Upbringing: Friends plus community. Secular Upbringing: Friends,
but no community.
is a greater pandemic in the modern world than COVID-19, so much so that the
U.K. now has a Minister of Loneliness to try to combat the problem.
is, in large measure, another consequence of secularism. Religious Jewish and
Christian (including Mormon) kids grow up with an abundance of friends and a
whole religious community thanks to religious school and thanks to their
synagogue or church.
is the communal secular equivalent of the church, synagogue, and religious
6: Religious Upbringing: The obligation to honor parents. Secular Upbringing:
No such obligation.
Jewish and Christian children are taught the Ten Commandments, one of which is
“Honor your father and mother.” It goes without saying that many secular
children honor their parents, but they do so only if they want to. Religious
children are told to honor parents whether they feel like it or not—which is
important because very few children always feel like honoring their mother and
There is another pandemic in America—that
of adult children who have decided never to talk to one or both of their
Prager listed only six examples of
the differences between a secular upbringing and a religious upbringing. I have
to say that I agree with him on his six examples. Prager gave one more
difference without any discussion: “Religious kids are generally happier.” He
then left the decision to his reader as to which upbringing is the better.
From my point of view, it seems that the religious/conservative
right is much happier than the secular/leftists. Conservatives love America and
strive to make it better for the next generation, while the leftists hate
America and strive to “fundamentally change” the nation.