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Christianity FOUNDED America. Read our delcaration of independence, POA, or constitution. No god would have meant no America.
Originally posted by autowrench
No, it did not. I wish you people would read your history and stop making that claim. Many of the Founding Fathers were Deists, not Christians, and the First Amendment came about because of Christianity. Thomas Jefferson authored his own version of the New Testament. The Founding Fathers were of a variety of faiths: Deist, various Christian denominations, and some who had no religious affiliation. Some supported organized religion, and some were vehemently opposed to it.
According to the Treaty of Tripoli (article 11), a document written by a chaplain in Washington's Army and ratified by Congress in 1797:
"As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion..."
That statement alone shoots the argument that the country was founded in Christianity in the foot.
Our money says "In God We Trust" because, in the 50s, it was decided that this (as well as "one nation under God" in the pledge) would differentiate the US from the "Godless Communists."
A law passed by the 84th Congress on July 30, 1956 declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States. IN GOD WE TRUST was first used on paper money in 1957.
Originally posted by tamusan
I personally don't believe in any of the religions, but don't understand why some folks feel the need to ruin religion for those who do believe.
Originally posted by MisterFister103
These atheists have the right to put whatever they want on a billboard if they pay for it......however that doesn't mean it's not stupid.
Originally posted by peck420
reply to post by Annee
You must be looking a different signs than those posted by the OP.
The atheists have not only singled out only one religion, they openly mock and slander it.
That would (if laws were actually followed equally) be breaking two seperate laws:
a) Slander unless they can absolutely prove that religion does not exist.
b) Discrimination or Hate Crimes for singling out only one specific group from many.
Ironically, you should be very disturbed by this. You have been very vocal when tactics like this are used against the LBGT community on this forum multiple times.
I guess it only matters if it effects your causes?
Originally posted by peck420
reply to post by captaintyinknots
Because, and I say this as an Atheist, I can't prove that the other beliefs are wrong.
Plain and simple.
For me to put up public signs claiming something to be false, I must have proof, or I can be held liable for my statements.
I do wish that this was also applied to religions themselves, but they get some protection from freedom of religion, where Atheism (as it is not a religion) does not.
The irony is this, if they had posted a sign only stating that Santa Clause is not real, it would be 100% legal. We can prove that without any doubt, that Santa does not currently exist.
But, I have respect for others and more importantly their children.