Another Episode of Atheists Gone Wild

The University of Wisconsin-Extension in Madison has removed close to 140 Gideon Bibles from all of its guest rooms thanks to an offended guest, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the cowardice of management (Bill Mann, director) at The Lowell Center Conference & Lodging.

 

Rather than tell the guest to act like an adult and put the Bible out of sight, the Lowell Center decided to act- in response and in favor to the offended guest and FFRF intimidation.

 

But, Bill Mann said, “We reviewed the concern raised about the placement of Bibles in our guest rooms and decided to remove them. We want to make sure all guests are comfortable in our lodging.”

 

All guests?  No, just the one atheist who complained.

 

Ray Cross, chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension NS UW System president, said that after reviewing the complaint, all Bibles would be removed by December 1, 2013.

 

Get it? One offended guest can now dictate to a business or organization, who can and can’t read the Bible, and who shouldn’t have to see a Bible.

 

Doubt we’ll hear any mention regarding the potential guests of The Lowell Center Conference & Lodging who’re Christian being offended by the irrationality of removing Bibles.

 

Annie Laurie Gaylor, president of the FFRF said, “Society has changed… there are more non-believers and more non-Christians to be offended.”

 

This is rubbish. Pure, unadulterated rubbish. Who cares if there are more non-believers and more non-Christians today to be offended?  They’re still the minority when compared to “believers” and Christians.

 

Attorney Patrick Elliot, who represents the FFRF, said in a statement, “While private hotels may choose to put any type of literature they want in their guest rooms, state-run colleges have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion.”

 

Ah, yes- the “constitutional obligation” appeal which they think means- freedom from religion.  Funny how these snakes- these acrimonious atheists and their legal co-conspirators- especially the ACLU, never, ever mention the free exercise clause.  They simply distort the original meaning and intent of the amendment with help from various and erroneous judicial interpretations.  In their twisted and irreligious minds- for nefarious reasons- the First Amendment, commonly and inaccurately known as “separation of church and state” (not found in the Constitution, by the way), has come to mean any public institution who accepts public funds, represents or is seen as an extension- however arbitrarily- of some form of government, can’t be involved in religious activities, however oblique.

 

Bullocks.

 

Again, slimy lawyers like this are the reason(s) why the legal community can’t shake its well-deserved, sullied reputation. And as for these atheists, they do themselves and their belief system absolutely no favors being this belligerent and obnoxious.

 

The First Amendment states, in part, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  In the truest meaning and understanding of the amendment, until Congress legislates the adherence and reverence of one religion above- and to the exclusion of all others, the Constitution hasn’t been violated, period.  Congress as a body, or congressional members on their own, can even promote a religion of their choice so long as they don’t attempt to legalize and nationalize a specific religion.

 

So public schools that allow prayers during lunch or at sporting events haven’t violated the Constitution nor are public properties that have Nativity scenes in violation either; the cross in the Mojave Desert- a memorial constructed to recognize the soldiers of our country lost in war- is legal, as is the cross on Mt. Soledad in San Diego.  Again, promotion of religion- which even the Founders and Framers did, does not amount to a de facto, legalized or nationalized religion.

 

FFRF Co-President Dan Barker says, “We atheists and agnostics do not appreciate paying high prices for lodging, only to find Gideon bibles in our hotel rooms, sometimes prominently displayed, knowing they contain instructions, for instance, to kill ‘infidels’ and ‘blasphemers,’ among other primitive and dangerous teachings,” he asserted.”

 

Then go somewhere else. No one is preventing any atheist from finding lodging, regardless of cost, that doesn’t place Bibles in their rooms.  There are plenty of them.

But kill the infidels? Kill the Blasphemers?  This is embarrassing both of Baker and the spineless management of the Lowell Center.

 

First, kill the infidel? Please; nice try.

 

Kill the blasphemers… aside from referring to this outside of its historical and theological context- yes it’s in the Bible, but what example of a Christian or Jew (specifically Jews, since the punishment for blasphemy is in the Levitical code in the Old Testament) who is actively internalizing these passages and killing infidels or blasphemers today? Or adulterers, for that matter?

 

There is only one prominent religion today who is actively engaging in infidel killing, the killing of apostates and of blasphemers and they’re ironically referred to as “the religion of peace.”

 

So this comes down to two things.  The first is that a single guest, along with the increasingly powerful atheist lobby, was “offended” that Bibles were available in public rooms and they didn’t like it.

 

The second is that as usual, the atheist lobby is perfecting the art of public intimidation- bullying- of those with whom they religiously disagree, specifically Christians, their religion and their Bible. (Yes, I said religiously because atheism is a religion, they just simply lack a common deity.)  And Bill Mann, the director of Extension conference centers, cowardly and quickly acquiesced to their threats, rewarding negative and corrupting behavior which serves to embolden the atheist mafia.

 

It’s ironic that a group of people who- with absolute certainty, claim that God doesn’t exist, spends such an inordinate amount of time publicly arguing, intimidating, and inconveniencing those who do. If God truly doesn’t exist, then shut up; go live your lives in peace.  Don’t go away mad, just go away.

 

But the FFRF, the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, et.al make the continual and emotional fuss of trying to remove every single public display, mention or acknowledgment of a deity that “isn’t provable” and who “doesn’t exist.”

 

I don’t believe aliens exist, so I spend absolutely zero time in trying to prove it. Nor do I attempt to prevent those who do believe in them from… believing.

 

The idea that atheists are “free thinkers” is an unfunny joke.

 

Based on numerous past and current examples, this won’t be the last time a person, business, group or organization cowers to emotional atheists (who’re a minority) at the expense of common sense and decency.

 

The Spiritual Emptiness of Atheism

This is the time of year when belligerent atheists corral their fellow freethinkers together to partake in emboldened attempts to legally prevent and disrupt the displays of the Nativity wherever possible. Wherever these innocent- and usually welcomed- nativity scenes present themselves, there’s a bitter and selfish atheist threatening or attempting to sue local authorities or governing bodies because somehow, the public display of the baby Jesus in a manger is “offensive” to their irreligious sensibilities.  In their nonsensical pursuits, these litigation-minded atheists continually cite the so-called separation clause of the First Amendment as a justification for their actions at the expense of the free-exercise clause contained within the same law.  To the shock and dismay of a decreasing number of people, the God-less intentions of atheism appears to be gaining credibility due to the number of legal decisions in their favor.

Notice that this is the only time of year (for now) these atheists present themselves or their cause.  I’ve seen a few atheists plead their empty cases during the Easter season, but Christmastime is when they’re the most aggressive.  And the question is why? After all, if atheism had any inherent and practical worth as a belief system, these atheists would attempt to engage the wider culture based on the philosophical merits of their belief system on a year-round basis rather than offending and insulting the devout by poking their collective finger in the eye of believers. It appears as if atheists endeavor to make those who revere the religious aspect of Christmas as miserable as they are.

Also notice that it’s only against the God recognized and worshipped in Christianity that these militant atheists take offense. They don’t seem to display the same religious fervor during the month of the Hajj or Ramadan probably because it’s easier to bully and intimidate those who employ “turn(ing) the other cheek” as a central tenet of their belief system than it is to bully those who employ “kill the infidel.”

But notice something else.  Last week after 20 children and six adults were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, many people in the media, on social networking sites and in the city of Newtown itself were sending their prayers to residents of the town- victims, families of victims and residents alike.  On Facebook and Twitter, many people offered Bible verses in sincere and sympathetic attempts to provide comfort and understanding to those directly and indirectly affected by what happened. Stories were written how clergy members were discarding their prepared sermons to discuss the tragedy and how suffering and evil is an unfair part of life.

Likewise, since that horrifying tragedy occurred, numerous religious leaders have been interviewed by the media regarding the nature of God, suffering, evil and justice and how we make sense of it all.  Among the clergy have been several Catholic priests, several rabbis and Jim Solomon, pastor of New Hope Community Church in Newtown Connecticut. The local community, still in shock and struggling to understand what had happened, gathered Friday night for a prayer vigil at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. Several more vigils at local churches were planned for the following Monday evening.

Yet of all the ecclesiastics interviewed and of all the vigils planned, there was no mention of any clerical skeptics or freethinking clergymen represented or invited. Of all the vigils, none were held in non-descript buildings devoid of religious or spiritual accoutrements- and for good reason.  Atheism is an empty belief system that doesn’t offer its adherents comfort, hope, emotional solace or spiritual sustenance when the world goes bad; in other words, it has no understanding of- or response to- sin and the product of sin, which is evil.  Atheism doesn’t provide a notion of divine justice- reward or punishment, heaven or hell- for acts of goodness or overwhelming evil, respectively whereas Christianity does. Atheism simply…is.

It would be insincere and offensive to claim that there aren’t atheists who sympathize with the grief felt by the citizens of Newtown.  It would also be disingenuous to suggest that many atheists don’t celebrate the joy of Christmas because to do so would be absurd.  And it would be equally disingenuous to say that atheists aren’t or can’t be decent people.  There are numerous atheists who celebrate Christmas and atheists who in their heart-felt sympathy have compassion regarding what happened in Newtown- and I know some of them and they’re good people. But atheism as a belief system represented by those whose purpose is to agitate, bully and offend, it’s spiritually and morally bankrupt and found wanting.

Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Indeed he is.

May God bless the Christmas season and may he bless and comfort the city of Newtown, Connecticut.