08 December 2008

Gimme That Old Time Religion

An atheist sign criticizing religion was stolen from a nativity scene set up on the grounds of the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington this past Friday...ok, who can tell me how many things are wrong with this statement?

Well let's start with why is a nativity scene on government property? Do we really need to go into that old argument again? The liberal left screams about the separation of church and state while the religious right screams there is no such thing. Well, let's take a look at the First Amendment here: "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."

To me, that means no government entity can have a display of the nativity on government property; it's just that simple. Now before the "Christians" call for my public flogging let me make this clear; any government entity allowing a nativity or the Ten Commandments on government property is, to me, "respecting an establishment of religion". In other words, if that is the ONLY religious icon allowed to be displayed that government entity is favoring Christianity over all other religions.

Someone in Washington evidently felt the same way and put a sign up next to the nativity. The sign said, "At this season of The Winter Solstice may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds." The Freedom from Religion Foundation apparently agreed with this sign and at least 25% of the population of Washington agree as well.

The issue here is someone stole the sign and dumped it in a ditch. Got that? A "Christian" broke the Eighth Commandment and stole the sign! The Christian Coalition of America evidently thinks that Christianity is the only religion in this country and anything else is heresy. After all, there was no menorah in the square nor any other religious icon other than Christian. According to the CCA's President, Roberta Coombs, "Although a number of humanists and atheists continue to attempt to rid God and Christmas from the public square, the American people are overwhelmingly opposed to such efforts..." Well I am the American people and I am not opposed to those efforts.

Don't get me wrong here, I put the nativity scene up at my home every Christmas; BUT it is on my personal private property where I have the right to display whatever I want to display. I do not agree, however, with public religious displays on public property. Just because I believe in God and Jesus does not mean the guy next door to me does as well. Roberta Coombs and her minions may want to think about that before starting their "Crusades"

1 comment:

  1. Religion is the root of all evil! Let's opt for spirituality instead. One's personal relationship to a god or goddess or no one at all is a foundational protection under our Constitutional. There can be no favoritism. So, let's keep our religious practices joyful, enthusiastic, spiritual, and on our own property. Keep government and religion as far apart as possible.