Some git named Alice Stewart has an op-ed on the Fox News website about the non-existent War on Christmas and she reveals both her irrationality and complete lack of ethics and intellectual honesty. Let’s start with the irrational part, in the very first paragraph:
Unlike the Norman Rockwell-esque family looking to trim the perfect tree, atheists are combing every schoolhouse, statehouse, and house of worship to destroy the spirit of Christmas.
Really? The “spirit of Christmas” is so fragile that it can be destroyed merely by having the government not promote and endorse it? So you can have nativity scenes on private property and hundreds of millions of people can celebrate the holiday with church services, caroling and gift-giving but if you can’t have the government involved, the spirit of Christmas can’t exist? How odd.
But here’s the really dishonest part.
In his book, “Culture Warrior,” Bill O’Reilly refers to those who are hostile to Christianity and traditional American values as “secular progressives.” Going on to say they are “the committed forces of the secular-progressive movement that want to change America dramatically; mold it in the image of Western Europe.”
The Atheist Empire doesn’t shy away from it, claiming, “Atheism is part of the Communist and Socialist doctrines…There is a strong belief in the values of freedom brought by a secular government.”
Atheist Empire? What the hell is that? If you follow the link, you’ll find that it’s the successor of a Geocities website with about a thousand members and only 122,000 hits in its entire history. Boy, that’s the official page of atheism, isn’t it? But leaving that aside, this quote is completely out of context. In fact, the page linked to is one that attempts to debunk false assumptions about atheism. You can see that by the very first sentence:
There is a lot of false information and social beliefs out there about atheists. This is the cause of the majority of the hate and prejudice felt towards atheists. Below are answers to the most common false assumptions about atheists.
And here’s the full quote, without the ellipses:
Atheism has nothing to do with political beliefs. Atheism is part of the Communist and Socialist doctrines, but atheists are not necessarily Communists or Socialists. Many point to the actions of Communist Russia, China and North Korea as examples of what atheists in political power would do. Communism uses an enforced stance of atheism to squash religious decent and instill it’s own supreme dictatorship. Most atheists would not replace God with an all powerful government, that would be hypocritical. There is a strong belief in the values of freedom brought by a secular government.
So pretty much the opposite of what Stewart is trying to make the quote say.
Biblical scholar David Barton shoots down the atheist argument in his book “The Myth of Separation.” He notes “the words separation of church and state don’t appear in any official government documents authored by the founding fathers.” Adding, “this concept and these particular words were invented by an ACLU attorney named Leo Pfeffer in 1947.”
Just another Barton lie. The phrase “separation of church and state” came, as I’m sure everyone here knows but Stewart apparently doesn’t, from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. That’s how he described the religion clauses of the First Amendment. It was also used by James Madison, who chaired the committee that actually wrote that amendment.
Oh, wait. I got to her bio. This explains her ignorance and irrationality:
Alice Stewart is a Republican strategist and currently serves as a Romney and Republican National Committee surrogate. She worked as National Press Secretary for the presidential campaigns of Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Mike Huckabee. She is spokeswoman for Conservative Women for America.