Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why do atheists only pick on Christians?

Last year the U.S. Air Force banned a class designed to prepare soldiers for nuclear battle because it cited verses from the Bible. The class based its curriculum on the Christian-based "Just War Theory” and used passages from both the Old and New Testaments to show missile launch officers how going to war can be a moral choice.

The Air Force suspended the class on the same day a complaint was filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which claimed the class violated the concept of "separation of church and state".

Now the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers has demanded the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) modify the logo on its official patch to remove a Latin reference to God. The translated motto, which originally read, "Doing God's Work with Other People's Money" now says, "Doing Miracles with Other People's Money". All it took was one complaint by one atheist group and now men and women serving in this unit are no longer allowed to bear reference to God on their uniforms.

No matter how clear certain truths are, they're sometimes no match for the blind fury of the godless. Atheists are on a mission, and it is not a mission for tolerance. Their goal is not to coexist peacefully in a society founded originally on sound Christian principles. Their agenda is simply to remove God from the public eye, and they will trample on our rights to achieve this. If all believers were forced to express their faith only in the confines of private dwellings, the atheists might be appeased - temporarily.

But hiding our beliefs is not what our Constitution demands. It guarantees the opposite. Atheists love to rely on the Constitution to back up their demands for "separation of church and state", but the fact is, no such reference is anywhere to be found. On the contrary (for the millionth time) it says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".

While subsequent Supreme Court rulings have interpreted this to mean that "government should not prefer one religion to another, or religion to irreligion", there is still nothing that says individuals can only express their religion in private, not public, places.  And as for expressing religious beliefs in public places that are actually taxpayer-funded, the rights of citizens funding these dwellings should be all the more preserved.

If the government believes the RCO motto shows government-approved preference to one religion over another, then it should immediately close down the new prayer hall specifically established for Muslims at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. But the atheist protesters are mute on this one, so apparently worshiping Allah is not their concern. It is the Judeo-Christian expressions of religion they cannot tolerate.

The double standard set forth by atheists is beyond transparent. Unfortunately for them, our Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Unfortunately for the rest of us, these protesters seem to be the squeaky wheel getting the oil, at the expense of our Constitutional rights.

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