posted on Jul, 19 2009 @ 03:22 PM
It is all well and good that atheists are not persecuted in our country as they have been at times in human history.
However, the use of our laws by atheists to abolish even the mention of God from the public sphere is egregious and a bit dangerous, in my opinion.
Our Declaration of Independence makes it very clear that our rights come not from government, but from "our Creator." Our Constitution does not
grant rights, but rather, guarantees our rights.
When atheists seek to deny the existence of God in the manner in which they are today, which is to deny the source of our human rights, they diminish
the validity of those rights and create a situation in which those rights might be denied more easily.
In summary, our Constitution says that our human rights are derived from God, but if there is no God and that is the consensus of our government, then
government can conclude that the people have no rights because the one from whom those rights are derived is non-existent.
For those who would argue that the atheists are correct because of the separation of church and state, I would state, as many others have, that the
First Amendment prevents the government making any law that establishes a religion or prevents the free exercise of religion.
The mere mention of God in the public sphere is not an establishment of religion and it could be argued that the prevention of such is in violation of
the First Amendment.
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.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their
just powers from the consent of the governed....
I believe that the atheists should tread lightly.
[edit on 2009/7/19 by GradyPhilpott]