The lawsuits are too numerous to recount. Suits against high schools over the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer before football games. Suits against city, county and state governments over manger scenes, statues of Jesus and the Ten Commandments. Suits against New York City over the Ground Zero cross and a street named in honor of fallen firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. The list goes on and on.
So, why are atheists so hellbent (or, would that be “hell-bound”?) on suing God every chance they get? They tell us it’s because they’re so concerned with the inviolability of the U.S. Constitution, that they’ve taken it upon themselves to be it’s self-appointed guarantor. They claim it’s because they’re deeply offended whenever they’re forced to view – or even know about – religious icons, writings or artifacts in public buildings or on public property. They say it’s because they feel “persecuted” and “excluded.”
Think about it. Why have the world’s dictators and totalitarian regimes throughout history moved to eradicate Christianity and other religions from society – often times, as a first priority? Why have they tortured and executed believers – often in the town square, for all to see? The answer is simple:
Fear of competition.
Competition that must be discredited, ridiculed and ultimately, eliminated. Competition that if not eliminated, will always be a threat to the state.
Such is the dilemma for atheists. Unfortunately, they don’t have the ability to shut down churches or outlaw worship. They don’t have the option of imprisoning believers, nor hanging them in the public square. Therefore, other than their never-ending effort to draw attention to themselves by making incendiary comments against Christianity (Bill Maher, the late Christopher Hitchens, et al.), and the use of derogatory billboards and derisive adverting campaigns, atheists are forced to resort to lawsuit after lawsuit – with the hope that “progressive” judges will do their bidding.
To that end, the latest atheist cause célèbre is the recent lawsuit against the federal government and “In God We Trust.” And of course, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is leading the charge. Good to see you back in the headlines, gang – what took you so long on this one? From The Christian Post:
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), is suing the United States Treasury Department to remove the words “In God We Trust” from all U.S. currency, because they claim the motto is offensive to nonreligious citizens.
Nineteen plaintiffs and the FFRF filed the lawsuit, Newdow v. Congress in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Feb. 1. The civil action claims the motto In God We Trust violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
The plaintiffs’ claim that the motto is offensive and forces atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, freethinkers and skeptics to bear a religious message they don’t agree with, and are thus forced, when using U.S. currency, to make a false declaration regarding their religious views.
According to Dan Barker, co-president of the Wisconsin-based FFRF, a nonprofit organization that represents atheists and agnostics, the majority of Americans believe the motto sends a religious message out to everyone who collects or uses U.S. currency.
“[In God We Trust] is indeed considered to be a religious phrase,” Barker said in an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday. “The message belongs in churches, private institutions and can be shared by missionaries. But who is the ‘we’ representing, if not all of us trust in a God?” Continue reading…
As is always the case with these disingenuous hypocrites, Barker’s comments are not only patently false; they are absurd. A “majority of Americans believe the motto sends a religious message out to everyone who collects or uses U.S. currency”? Nonsense. A majority of Americans don’t think twice about “In God We Trust” on their money – especially when they’re spending it.
And as far as the “we” part goes, Dan? “We” are the United States of America (vs. you and your fellow-atheists), which was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by founders, the vast majority of whom – contrary to atheist protestations to the contrary – not only believed in God, but also believed deeply that, as John Quincy Adams said: “The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: that it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of Christianity with the principles of civil government.”
So, here’s my prediction – and a recommendation, Dan. You’re going to lose this case – just like you lost the case against the Pledge of Allegiance. Sure, you’ll trot around the country and win a case here and there: getting a picture off Jesus removed from the wall of a school somewhere, or a cross removed from some public park. Small, potatoes, Dan.
But – if you want to make some real progress? Get out there and spread the word, Dan! Knock on doors and enlighten people about the hope of atheism! Spend more of your time and money promoting your religion (yes, Dan, it’s a religion) instead of suing God. Trust me (vs. God), Dan – I’m sure you’ll get a bigger bang for your buck.
If the Godless among us ever hope to move beyond lawsuits, billboards and bumper stickers, they’re going to have to engage in some of that gold old-fashioned evangelism.
(Memo to atheists: I fully understand that atheists don’t literally sue “God.” It’s satirical. I spent half the day on Rat’s Right! explaining this to your raging brethren.)