Signs of God
(Warsaw Times Union, 4/4/11)
A recent controversy has arisen about atheists putting up bill boards attacking belief in God’s existence. Atheists have the same First Amendment rights as anyone else to publicly present their views on bill boards or any other media. If Christians do not like that they can exercise their own First Amendment rights by witnessing. Still I find the situation amusing. Atheists have protested and banned public displays of religion like crosses and nativity scenes over their Constitutional right not to be offended. They claim that being witnessed to is the mental and emotional equivalence of being raped. They say it is all wrong to “cram religion down people’s throats,” but I guess cramming atheism down peoples’ throats is all right. Of course atheists do not believe they are cramming. They are simply enlightening us. It’s good for people to have their beliefs challenged, atheists claimed – unless you are challenging atheism. Now atheists are using the same tactics they claim to deplore so much when used by Christians. The irony could not be more complete.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., said, “If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought – not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought that we hate.” I mentioned in a previous letter (www.candlepowerusa.com/xvsatheism.html) that atheists and Christians should stop the name calling and honestly engage in substantive discussions to preserve our freedom from any and all forms of tyranny. I think I found a set of discussion points (www.cracked.com/article_15759_10_things_christians_atheists_can_and_must_agree_on). I believe Tina Depuy said satirists are God’s servants. So I think it is appropriate Cracked should provide a format for looking at these important issues. Dialogue anyone?
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