For readers and followers of this blog, for this series only if you wish to reblog An Inconvenient God in individual chapters or in its entirety, I am okay with this. I had foreseen this as being a book, but when I reached the end, I had said all there was for me to say and it is clearly not enough for a book.
At different points in each chapter I ask questions. I do not ask them in search of answers for myself because I already know where I stand. I ask them as catalyst for the reader to consider.
Chapter Fifteen – Atheism
A Catch 22
Even though Atheists make up 1% of the entire population of the earth, they believe that God does not exist and the only accountability man has is to man. Some spend their time trying to get God out of anything and everything to do with local, state, and federal government under the guise of separation of church and state. Herein lies an issue that no one has addressed to the courts.
This gets a tad bit hard to follow for some, so some definitions are in order to keep everyone on track. Here they are:
God – ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority. Over 50% of the world’s population believe in the God of Abraham as God. Others believe in multiple gods, and a very small number believe the most supreme beings that exist is man.
Atheism – The belief that there is no supreme being that is the source of all moral authority. Synonym: Nontheism
Temple – A building or structure where a group of people gather together with a common belief or cause.
Religion – An interest, belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group of people.
There are many organized groups of atheists/nontheists in existence in America that believe that America should have complete and utter separation of church and state. In this one sentence, we have met the definition of religion.
Many of these organized groups have a headquarters or meeting place where they gather to discuss their goals and agendas. This can be anywhere from an office, classroom, or a building owned by the organization. It took two sentences, but we have met the definition of temple.
These same people believe that there is no higher authority than man himself. In your belief system, if there is no higher authority than you, you have identified yourself as a god. You got it; we met the definition of a god.
If you are atheist and take any legal action against those who believe in God to have Him removed from public view, public doctrine, or public practices, you are asking the government to advance your religion. The problem with this is The Supreme Court established the “Lemon Test which states the requirements concerning religion. It has three parts which are:
- The statute must not result in an “excessive government entanglement” with religious affairs (also known as the Entanglement Prong);
- The statute must not advance or inhibit religious practice (also known as the Effect Prong); and
- The statute must have a secular (nonreligious) legislative purpose (also known as the Purpose Prong). (Lemon v. Kurtzman, 403 U.S. 602 (1971))
By allowing the Church of Atheism demand the removal of the Bibles from state institutions, removal of the Ten Commandments from courthouses, the removal of religious symbols from public land, the temporary removal of God from the Pledge of Allegiance, are they not allowing an action that has advances a religion; and is it not showing the government favoring one religion over another?
If a professor teaches a class to try and debunk the God of Abraham at a state owned educational institution, is not the government advancing one religion while inhibiting another? By finding for the plaintiffs in suits against court houses, state buildings, military cemeteries and public schools that display religious icons or scripture, are not the courts supporting actions that advance the religion of Atheism?
Early immigrants to America were mainly protestant with a smaller number of Catholics and Jews. But no matter what their religion, they were mostly followers of the God of Abraham. The vast majority of them were seeking refuge from religious persecution, especially from England.
- If the majority are believers in the same God, why would our founding fathers include in the Bill of Rights the statement that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”?
- Could it be that many had fled persecution in England where the Church of England supported the King?
- Could it be that every minister in the Church of England had vowed to uphold the King of England who we were rebelling from?
- Could it be to prevent having a state church that persecuted others who were not part of that church?
And yet, we find ourselves in a country where the government is supporting the 1% of the Church of Atheism over the majority of the American people. They are advancing one minor religion while inhibiting many others. This is what the first immigrants to America fled from but are facing again two centuries later.