March 9, 2014
Movement Atheists are not content with simple non-belief, or the supremacy of Science over religious doctrine. Their purpose is to dominate public institutions, from schools to the courts, and revamp Western thought effectively killing God; the history, traditions, and sacred beliefs that resulted in the Secular Law which prohibits the Government from instituting a state religion. In a sense, Atheists would undo the very religious beliefs which allow them their voice and freedom to act as they see fit.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly stirred up a hornet’s of false indignation last week, when she questioned claims by an Atheist group, represented by spokesman David Silverman, that the I-beam cross structure at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City is giving its members “headaches and dyspepsia.” Kelly was clearly irritated by Silverman’s endless whining about religious symbols having a place on what are considered hallowed sites, such as the former Ground Zero, and matched his sniveling with appropriately vapid questions. As entertaining as it was to see the frustrated Silverman turn bright pink, the interview was a lost opportunity for believer Kelly to ask more pertinent questions about the true complaints and hoped-for outcomes of the Atheist movement.
I would have posed the following questions:
- The increasing antagonism of Atheist groups against religious symbols placed on, or visible from, public property is purportedly based on what they say is “discrimination” against those who don’t believe in God. In the case of the cross-shaped I-beams at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Silverman asserted that having a symbol of “Christ” was exclusionary and so to appease non-Christians, Jewish and Muslim symbols were also placed on the site. But Silverman, and Atheists in general, fail to submit possible remedies for their woes. If Atheists stand for the non-existence of God–which is theologically an absence of belief–what symbol would they want to represent them in a non-discriminatory balance at the 9/11 Memorial? If this argument is authentic, then an empty space between the Star of David and the Cross of Jesus should be sufficient. But to be represented equally alongside religious organizations is clearly not the desire nor intent of Atheists.
- Atheists may say they place their “trust” (i.e. “faith”) in Science, but if it is discrimination against science that is the central problem Atheists have with the 9/11 Memorial and other hallowed sites, then why is there not also caterwauling from the National Conference of Chemists or The American Association of Astrophysicists?
- Would Silverman and all other Atheist complainants against crosses, creches, Stars of David, et al, be satisfied if a 6 ft golden “A” or mural of the Periodic Table was erected next to those reminders of God which they find so unsettling?
The truth is that Atheists are not concerned about symbols or discrimination, their boundless litigation is about eliminating all evidence that contradicts their narrow worldview. I assert that Atheism IS NOT a passive non-belief in God but an active insurrection against Him and all things which testify of Him, including the exercise of personal faith and public expressions of belief.
Dallin H. Oaks, a former justice on the Utah Supreme Court and an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a recent devotional broadcast, stated unequivocally that Atheists are not simply dis-believers in God–which would constitute theological neutrality–but are vigorously anti-Christ–Antichrist in the most pernicious sense.
To be rationally consistent Atheists, in order to deny the existence of the Creator God, must also deny all things attributable to God which are found in civilized society, namely law which is based on a moral structure of right and wrong. But, as annoying as Atheists can be, most, especially American Atheists, are by and large law-abiding people, tacitly condoning the necessity of moral principles based upon immutable truths and time-tested practices. There is no evidence in their own lives that they are full-blown non-believers, but rather hybrids of personal moral relativism and public civility. The exceptions, of course, are Marxist/Communist regimes that have nearly reached the end of their godless continuum and behave without the strictures of human rights and good and evil found in the West. One consistent theme of American Atheism is, however, the effort within the courts to eliminate any and all expressions of religion, Christianity in particular, from the public square.
Movement Atheists are not content with simple non-belief, or the supremacy of Science over religious doctrine. Their purpose is to dominate public institutions, from schools to the courts, and revamp Western thought effectively killing God; the history, traditions, and sacred beliefs that resulted in the Secular Law which prohibits the government from instituting a state religion. In a sense, Atheists would undo the very religious beliefs which allow them their voice and freedom to act as they see fit.
Atheism, it could be said, has the goal of becoming itself the “ism” of government, where all pronouncements on good and evil, God, the Nature of Man and existence, once left to theologians, are handed down from those who believe that man is the result of a Cosmic mishap. For Atheist thought to dominate, Christian thought, with its devotion and zeal, must be done away, and anyone tempted to practice it, openly punished.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) alone has defended hundreds of religious plaintiffs in lawsuits brought by Atheist groups in matters from “In God We Trust” on coinage to Christmas Nativity scenes, to school prayer, to religious symbols on both public and private property. If American Atheists simply wanted to be equal in their non-belief–which they already are, enjoying the same Constitutional guarantees and God-given rights as the rest of us–the courts would not be brimming with their assaults on the rights of Christians to worship according to the dictates of their own consciences. If Atheists contend that tangible evidence is the only true means to truth, then the truth about their movement is that it is an attack against, not just the symbols of religion, but religion itself, and its most powerful architect, The Savior and Redeemer of the World, Jesus Christ.
Atheists are not the targets of discrimination. But the movement is growing, fast recruiting young people into its ranks. As it gains steam with a secular pop-culture and Marxist-philosophies infiltrating nearly all civil institutions, it is sure that those who believe in the Biblical God of Love will be marked for elimination.
by Marjorie Haun 3/9/14