Tis the season to be jolly and who else is right there to ruin it but the biggest, baddest bully of them all, the atheist. Talk about a hater with a lot of time on their hands. Any time any religious display is discovered, there the atheists are, being oh so offended.
Like Johnny on the spot, the atheists arrive to protest that their civil liberties are being violated. So of course it's only a matter of time before the ACLU joins in the reindeer games.
Atheists are all about protecting their Constitutional right of freedom from religion. BUT my copy of the Constitution , and yes I carry it with me - iphone app, merely states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."
Hold on! Before you start typing at Mach 4, I realize that the atheists' gripe is the public display of religious scenes, etc. Well, I hate violent movies but do I protest in front of the movie theatres? No. I just don't go to see them. Simple, eh?
The latest victim of the atheists is the city of Santa Monica, California, whose nativity display has been a tradition for 60 years. The city even offered to let all denominations and non-believers have their own displays. The atheists used their opportunity to trash all believers. Good thing the atheists have not yet realized that Santa is Spanish for saint or the town will have to alter its name.
Freedom From Religion Founation co-president Lauri Gaynor states, "Religion is innately divisive and just doesn't belong in public parks." Apparently Ms Gaynor did not consult a dictionary prior to employing the term divisive. It is an adjective that means creating dissention or discord. It's unlikely that she's heard the phrase "peace on Earth, good will towards men." But then these are words from a religious Christmas song. The nativity scenes and crosses her group protests so vehemently do not create dissention. None of these tributes are put up with any intention of stirring the atheist pot.
Gaynor's concern also address the tax-exempt status of "churches on every corner". Is that the real problem here? To the bully who steals lunch money, that must really stick in the craw.
By the way, Ms Gaynor, I live in a town with a main street that is approximately 3 miles long. It has more than one street corner, but there's only one corner with a church.
What the atheists are doing is chipping away at the first amendment, bit by bit. Every victory for them is a loss for the American people. It is a loss of freedom, a loss of expression. "Government shall not interfer with the right to free expression of religion" yet the U. S. government continues to allow itself to be bullied by the very vocal atheists. Before we know it the First Amendment will be gone - then what? Will they start on the Second Amendment? Join the crowd. How long before we have to quarter soldiers?
Perhaps the atheists' fear is that Christians are trying to convert them. First of all, Nativity scenes are not conversion tools. But atheists' remember all too well how one of their own was converted after protesting a Nativity scene. Patrick Greene, a long time atheist activist converted to Christianity after suing a local church that had the audacity to display a creche. Green had to drop his suit after doctors diagnosed him with cataracts. Green's vision was failing rapidly. A cabdriver for many years, he had to give up his job for obvious reasons.
One of the members of the church being sued suggested that the parishioners donate money to Greene. They did, Green was shocked. The action caused him to rethink his beliefs and the rest is history. As of the April 4, 2012 Huffington post article, Greene had not only announced his intention of converting but also of becoming a pastor. A November 20, 2012 Christian Post article confirms that Greene is still on course.
I am not trying to convert any atheists. That is not my intention. Nor is name calling, but if it walks like a duck... All I want is for atheists to stop bullying. Live and let live. If they want to have a public display at any time of the year, I am there for them. I might not go to view it but I will defend their right to that display. I will dissuade any and all who protest, just as vocally and loudly as the atheists protest religious displays.
In the meantime, if something offends you, look away. If someone picks their nose in public, do you watch? No way! You turn your head and move away fast. Stop acting holier than thou, well maybe that's an unfortunate choice of words, but nonetheless. No one is stopping you from your disbelief, so let us pay tribute to our God in peace.