Many Christians believe that they are being persecuted and that Christianity is under attack through the legal campaigns of atheist organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF plays a significant role in instilling this mindset through initiation of bully campaigns against school districts, city councils, municipalities or any other public establishment subject to rules governing the separation of church from state. In my state this organization has threatened or filed legal action against the mayor of a small local municipality, a metro city council, and the state University claiming violations of church and state regulations.
Let me first say that I don’t begrudge anyone their right to believe or disbelieve as they so choose. I am firmly on the side of religious freedom and separating church from state. But as in the campaign against an east Texas school district, I don’t understand how football players running through a banner written with a biblical verse is so offensive to someone that he must legally protest on the grounds of separation of church and state. And I am beginning to wonder if someone was actually grievously offended, or if it just presented the opportunity to make a political stance and collect some nuisance funds in the process. This is where the activity of this organization gets under my skin a bit. I am agreeable to an organization taking action on the behalf of someone who is being discriminated against and marginalized in his pursuit of a quality life. I disagree when an organization exaggerates an infringement into a debilitating act in an effort to pursue a financial venture or publicize a social preference under the guise of a measure to protect civil rights.
But, really. Let’s say that one person was so dreadfully offended by football players running through a religious banner that he could not enjoy the game, the offense disturbed him to the point that he lost sleep reliving the horror of it….how do you live in America without being offended by someone else? We seem to be becoming a nation of temperamental children whining when we don’t get our way. We think we are entitled to have everything perfectly adjusted to our personal liking and if not then we take to public platforms and legal measures to pursue our oversensitive civil rights.
More and more I see the atheist movement creating an increasing number of their own brand of zealots and fanatics. Like religion, they are moving toward an organized agenda designed to encourage their perspectives. Under the banner of free thought, should I look forward to a future where the court system is bogged down in God wars, where on the surface it is about religious freedoms, but lurking beneath is the true motives of capitalism and socialism?
On the home page of the FFRF website are three columns of information for the reader to peruse. The first column is for encouraging involvement in their organization. The column includes topic links such as Join Us, Come out of the Closet, State/Church Violation FAQ, and requests for donations including giving a small fee to obtain a signed Debaptism Certificate. The second and third columns are for linking to recent news, events and campaigns. It struck me much the same as any other organization striving for membership to better enable a political stage.
Like any movement, sooner or later it grows political teeth. Atheist organizations contend they are fighting for civil liberties and for the intellectual progress of America. They don’t want our future generations dumb-downed as a result of schools teaching creationism. Nor do they want one single person who doesn’t subscribe to religion to be forced to tolerate the slightest amount of religious propaganda. Perhaps the war cry will be one that suggests civil and intellectual progress but will translate to, “We don’t believe so you can’t either”.
In staunch opposition will stand the empowered religious right joined by an increasing number of believers who will feel that their religious freedoms are being eroded. The meekest of believers are not going to stand on the sidelines while the opposition obliterates Jesus.
In the future of God Wars, may God and Richard Dawkins bless us all.
- Judge expected to rule in cheerleader banner suit (foxnews.com)
- Texas attorney general to defend Bible banners (cbsnews.com)