“The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion.
In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women’s right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery.
The Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.”
This quote is taken directly from the website for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Let’s analyze this quote and see what we get.
1. Who started the abolitionist movement in the United States? William Lloyd Garrison is one of the people who is generally credited with starting the abolitionist movement, but he stated that it was the Letters on American Slavery written by the Reverend John Rankin, a Presbyterian Minister, that attracted him to the anti-slavery movement. The movement started long before the Civil War and was mostly supported by ministers and public officials such as John Adams, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and Horace Mann, to name a few. Frederick Douglass was a minister; Horace Mann, although he wanted a school system free from the Bible, also stated that the Christian morals were needed in school; Abraham Lincoln, although not a member of any church, when given a Bible from freed slaves stated “All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong.”; and finally, John Adams who many considered a Unitarian stated “I believe all honest men are Christians.” For the FFRF to claim it was atheists or like minded people who started the slavery abolishment movement is 100% sophistry.
2. Opposition to the death penalty has been present in America since the colonial days. It has never gone away since the death penalty was introduced to America from Great Britain. It did reach its maximum popularity in the 1960’s when upwards of 48% were in favor of abolishing it. However, since then the popularity of abolishing the death penalty has waivered and decreased. For the FFRF to claim they are the instigators of this movement is another out and out lie.
3. I will give them the call to legalize abortion was probably not anyone of religious persuasion. I will also call to your attention that even though abortion may not be illegal during the early part of the pregnancy, many states have laws that state if a person kills a pregnant woman, they can be charged with two counts of murder. Herein lies a dilemma; if a fetus is not a human, how can it be murdered? Also, if it is considered a human qualifying the death as murder, how is it abortion is not murder?
4. The last sentence of the quote that states “The Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church” sure sounds like a purpose or mission statement.
Now think about this, what word would define a group of likeminded people who gather for a common set of ideals and beliefs? Would that not be the word ‘religion’? I do believe it is!
5. Their website also shows their headquarters. A building where likeminded people gather for their common set of ideals and beliefs is the definition of church or temple is it not?
So, not only does the FFRF qualify as a religion, but it also has a temple. This is a bit too much oxymoronic is it not? There is a foundation out there whose mission is to have freedom not only from other religions, but from itself.