Persecution? Political Gain? What is the real motive of the atheist movement?
I have had a few online conversations with atheists lately where the topic consisted of discussing the factuality of Christian persecution. These commenters, and similarly the atheists that I know in real life, are insistent that there is no commitment toward Christian persecution in the atheist community. There was a time when I would have agreed with them but these days my opinion is changing.
I am in agreement for a secular government where there is no prevalence of law toward any one religious perspective and as a result the separation of church and state. But what I see alarms me. Because what I see is a hijacking of the secular philosophy by a zealous atheist movement.
Organized atheist groups, under the legal guise of separation of church and state and the public mission statement of promoting secular government, are launching a campaign which cloaks an intentional defamation of Christian theology. I didn’t arrive at this conclusion easily and in fact argued against it many times before in conversations with fundamental Christians whom I thought to be small minded, bigoted, elitist and ignorant of Christian history and scientific advancement. But when something glows in the dark I can’t ignore it.
If the mission of the atheist movement is truly to ensure a religiously neutral government then why has it become necessary to instigate law suits against school systems and universities for student activities which have no intent of lobbying governmental policy? Why is it necessary to put up billboards which mock and ridicule Christian theology? Why is there a billboard in Time Square that says “Keep the Merry, Drop the Myth” with depictions of Santa Claus and Jesus? Is it anti-Jesus, anti-Santa, anti-Christmas? Because it doesn’t have one thing to do with separation of church and state or protecting atheist’s civil rights.
If the atheist movement is merely to protect the civil rights of atheists and ensure separation of church and state then there would be no need for anti-Christian billboards or frivolous lawsuits. It seems to me that what is really being fostered here is an environment of religious intolerance and to recruit and convert to the atheist community through an unmannered abuse of freedom of speech.
Whether or not Christians are being persecuted by the atheist movement depends on how someone defines persecution. Without doubt Christians are being intentionally maligned, disrespected, mocked, and ridiculed. The question is why: Do certain atheist groups so utterly hate and despise Christians that they are compelled toward malicious behavior or is there an ulterior motive?
Someone expressed to me that the billboards are not intended to turn theists into atheists, as declared on atheists.org, but rather to encourage pew atheists, or closet atheists, to come to terms with their disbelief and step out into nonreligious freedom. If that is the case then billboards should be erected which promote atheism without demeaning and insulting the religious beliefs of others.
And speaking of others – Where are the billboards that oppose the stonings and beheadings by Islamic extremists? I suppose no atheist organization really wants to offend a religion where infidels are executed. (insert chicken cluck here).