From The Pirate’s Cove:
William Teach June 30, 2013 – 8:23 am
I’ve often said that I have no problem with the 10 Commandments being on public property: the religious clause is about government establishing a nation religion, not against the government displaying religion. The clause was in response to how much the Church of England was involved in government pre-revolution. That said, I’ve also stated that if other religions would like monuments on government property. Fair is fair. Of course, while most atheists are decent people who just don’t believe, there are those who are militant, and instead of putting up a respectful monument, they drive down the road towards Denigration.
(The Blaze) A group of atheists on Saturday unveiled a monument to their unbelief in God…and it sits alongside a granite slab that lists the Ten Commandments.
American Atheists President David Silverman said that the organization has plans for 50 more monuments at public sites across the country, notes Raw Story.
“When you look at this monument, the first thing you will notice is that it has a function. Atheists are about the real and the physical, so we selected to place this monument in the form of a bench,” said Silverman. (snip)
“We reject outsiders coming to Florida—especially from outside what we refer to as the Bible Belt—and trying to remake us in their own image,” said Michael Tubbs, state chairman of the Florida League of the South. “We do feel like it’s a stick in the eye to the Christian people of Florida to have these outsiders come down here with their money and their leadership and promote their outside values here.”
So, it wasn’t really the business of the carpetbaggers. But, fine, they put their display up.
At another point, Eric Hovind, 35, of Pensacola jumped atop the peak of the monument and shouted his thanks to the atheists for giving him a platform to declare Jesus is real. Atheists shouted at him, and he stepped down after about a minute. One man yelled that religion is a fairy tale.
Very tolerant people, these Atheists, wouldn’t you say? There’s a photo down at the end of The Blaze story showing Silverman standing on the 10 Commandments display, without being shouted at or denigrated. Here’s a photo of the monument, which, instead of being respectful, is meant to be insulting to Christians (more at their Twitter feed)
Your Editor finds it somewhat amusing that the American Atheists, exercising their First Amendment rights in placing the monument, would shout down another man exercising his freedom of speech and religion. Mr Teach does a good enough job mocking the American Atheists in the rest of his article, and I’ll leave that job to him. What caught my eye was the inscription visible in the photograph:
An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, war eliminated.
Yet it has been the churches which have built the largest number of private hospitals in the United States. Try as I might, I was unable to come up with a single officially atheist built or run hospital. It’s true enough that the atheists don’t build churches, but they don’t seem to build hospitals, either. When it comes to deeds being done, it has been the churches and religious organizations in this country which have opened food banks and homeless shelters, which have founded adoption agencies, which have engaged in community services, to go along with their prayers. Other than filing lawsuits, at which the atheists truly do excel, the churches have been far ahead in the doing of deeds.
Now, we have had officially atheist societies and countries in this wide world; they have been exclusively Communist, of course, and some have, rather than simply elimination religion, replaced it with personality cults, such as the old USSR under Josef Stalin, China under Mao Tse-tung, and the entire rotten history of North Korea under the Kim dynasty, but one area in which they have been monolithically unified is their suppression of freedom of speech and religion, the very freedoms the American Atheists have exercised to place their monuments. As for eliminating war and banishing poverty, they made war upon their own people and their economies have left the vast majority, other than what Russians called the номенклату́ра, in a dull sameness of life and poverty.
Though not all American atheists are leftists, the American Atheists are practically eaten up with the tired leftist concept of culture in the United States: they view things through a prism which distorts reality, believing that the world would somehow be much better if we were just All Like Them, without any historical grasp of what atheism in power or lack of religion in policy has actually produced. The abandonment of Christian principles of conduct and morality in this country have left us with an epidemic of children born out of wedlock, and reared by single mothers. The society that they think they want has produced a greater disparity between the educated, professional class — Mr Silverman has his BS in Computer Science from Brandeis University, an expensive, private school1 and an MBA in Marketing from Penn State — and the working class of Americans, scratching out a paycheck-to-paycheck living.
THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL absolutely support’s the right of the American Atheists to erect their monuments in any places where other private groups may emplace such things; that is guaranteed by our First Amendment. But we also have the right, also guaranteed by the First Amendment, to note that they are silly, naïve and uninformed.