Basically? The more I read of American Newspapers and the people they are willing to let speak, the more I fear that the American Education System may not be teaching people about the “law”.
It is December — atheists’ favorite time of the year.
Only if you are a Christian Atheist, many Hindu atheists prefer October/November thanks to Diwali being in that time period.
But yes it’s another “War on Christmas” piece where an American does not quite get what that whole constitution means.
This is the month where they use their keen senses to root out any vestige of religion that might get within a millimeter of a public building. But isn’t this putting them in a superior position?
Because if the Hindus want a memorial, you lot would be up in arms about it. Hell, let’s just look at the so called “Ground Zero Mosque”, how many people are trying to speak against the construction of a privately funded Mosque on private land. Imagine an Eid celebration and how well that would go down.
Atheists as a group have been in the news quite a bit this year. In June, The Associated Press reported the unveiling of a new monument in Starke, in front of the Bradford County courthouse.
When the atheists couldn’t get a monument of the Ten Commandments removed, they installed their own monument. The monument displays quotations from the Founders and punishments listed in the Bible for violating the Ten Commandments.
Because the 10 Commandments violate the Separation of Church and State and thus create a caveat where ANY religious belief can now add monuments. That 10 Commandments? We must remember that they are not taken out of context in a bronze age book of bronze age beliefs and bronze age ethics. To claim that such is the foundation for modern justice is nonsense.
More recently, the AP reported that atheist churches are being established throughout the world. One such church in Los Angeles had 400 attendees at its opening. Its hymns include “Lean on Me” and “Here Comes the Sun.”
Again with that damn Atheist Church. It’s not a church, It’s just a social club.
In the past, atheists used public buildings (mostly courtrooms) to congregate. Instead of priests, pastors or rabbis, they have attorneys who also go through equally vigorous training with the most emphasis placed on the various translations of the Constitution.
You are free to practice your religion provided it does not break any laws, but the government will not support any religious establishment. This is not up for translation considering it was written in English.
I don’t mean to state the plainly obvious, but doesn’t atheism have all the makings of a religion? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines religion as “an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.”
: the belief in a god or in a group of gods
: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
: an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group
These are the Webster dictionary’s definitions of Religion. The first two apply to Christianity. The third is the colloquial usage of the word religion.
As in “Football is my religion”. Otherwise you are comparing your belief in a god to an activity that is merely important to a group and is not divinely mandated in any way.
But that, too, is subject to interpretation.
Where the author emphasises the least common usage of Religion and completely ignored all that belief in gods or the ceremonies to assuage them.
Here is where the rubber hits the road: Doesn’t the atheist religion dominate our public institutions?
Because they don’t invoke magic beings to function? Well we find that sacrificing a dove and reading it’s entrails is rather less effective at estimating the weather than the weatherman. The only thing that would tell you is that you have a dead dove and that if you plucked it and gave it a good grilling you could have a rather tasty meal.
By that logic atheism powers medicine, economics, engineering. Our entire society is run on “atheism” since it’s run assuming the absence of any gods and through the application of scientific research. One does not pray to the Internal Combustion Engine to make it move.
This clearly violates the true intention of the First Amendment, which was to prohibit the establishment of a state religion.
This is a Newspaper that’s hired this man who cannot even understand how the First Amendment works to write for them. At no point did an editor sit this man down and explain how stupid this argument is.
Atheists have unfairly pushed out other religions in favor of their own. I find this offensive.
Anyway … Merry Christmas!
You find it offensive because we won’t let you flog ONLY your religion in public. Had this been an Eid celebration you would be capering around screaming about how we shouldn’t let Islamic ideas into a monument. The only reason it is offensive is that you are not getting a special privilege.
Atheism is not a religion. It is the absence of one.