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Posted on 12/06/2008 4:06:46 PM PST by NYer
This past week, Gov. Chris Gregoire of Washington State allowedin the spirit of multiculturalism and intellectual-immolation for which the Northwest is (in)famousa large sign to be placed next to a Nativity scene and a Christmas holiday tree (and a menorah) in the Legislative Building in Olympia, Washington: "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."
Yes, I am truly shocked: I cannot believe that a Nativity scene and a Christmas tree were actually allowed in the building. That is, frankly, stunning.
After all, in Eugene, Oregon, where I've lived since 1995, banning Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, and happy, merry Christmas thoughts has been a holiday solstice tradition for nearly a decade. Why? Because, the tax-paying minions of this fair diverse city were told, Christmas trees "are not religion-neutral. So, taking a glass "half-full but starting to leak badly" perspective, it's amazing the Nativity scene and Christmas holiday tree were close enough to government property in Washington state to facilitate this open-minded, über-reasonable demonstration of public dialogue on the part of Freedom From Religion Foundation, who sponsored the sign.
There is, however, some creeping illogic on the part of the brave atheists who have worked so hard and spent so much energy creating the joyous sign announcing this good news to men: you are a material accident, life is meaningless, have a wonderful winter solstice. Dan Barker, who is described as a "a former evangelical preacher and co-founder" Freedom From Religion Foundation does not come off as the most rational or likeable of men:
Barker said the display is especially important given that 25 percent of Washington state residents are unaffiliated with religion or do not believe in God. (A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found 23 percent of Washingtonians said they were unaffiliated with a religion and 7 percent said they didn't believe in God.)
"It's not that we are trying to coerce anyone; in a way our sign is a signal of protest," Barker said. "If there can be a Nativity scene saying that we are all going to hell if we don't bow down to Jesus, we should be at the table to share our views."
Does Barker's comments about the Nativity scene sound like the words of a mentally-stable man? (Sorry, couldn't resist.) How, exactly, does a Nativity scene suggest, state, or otherwise say: "Bow low or burn below"? Barker appeared on FOX and insisted that "we see the Nativity scene as a direct attack on good human values." Yeah, that makes sense: the belief that God became man, was born in a manger, and did so in order to bring peace, hope, and salvation, is so anti-human, isn't it?
Of course not. It's not anti-human, but anti-humanist. And that, obviously, is the issue: Christians believe that man is flawed and in need of help; secular humanists such as Barker believe that man is doing just fine by himself, thank you very much, and that there is no problem or challenge that cannot be fixed by eliminating religion and implementing the (politically) correct educational, social, and political programs.
But the petulant Barker isn't finished, intent on proving, apparently, Chesterton's maxim: "There is no bigot like the atheist":
Ah, but Mr. Barker, what do "feelings" have to do with it? I thought you were all about being reasonable and rational. Now, if you were actually forced to celebrate Christmas, coerced into worshiping God, and otherwise madeby gunpoint or court injunctionto sing "Joy to the World" and put a Christmas tree solstice evergreen in your home, you might have a point. As it is, you not only come across like Scrooge, you come across like an angry ruffian in a suit, teetering on the edge of madness.
Oddly enough, if I were an atheist, I wouldn't be able to feel badly for you at all, for I would rationally conclude that you, as a biological entity of accidental origin and purposeless end, had simply malfunctioned in some way and are in need of some therapy or medication. As a Christian, I can actually sympathize with your struggle with faith; I can appreciate how hard it can be, for various reasons, to believe that there is a good God and that life is more than just what meets the eyes; I can understand the anger that comes from thinking that if the notions of joy, love, peace, and eternal beatitude are nonsense, they are hateful and must be attacked. But I think that Chesterton, again, has it right when he states, "Atheism is indeed the most daring of all dogmas . . . for it is the assertion of a universal negative." Why, I wonder, do you believe so ardently in disbelief? Why are you so positive about something so drearily negative? Why so bold about a belief"There is only our natural world"so utterly boring, not to mention contrary to experience and true reason?
Oh, by the way, "Merry Christmas!" And, recalling the glorious tidings given two thousand years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!"
I don't know why this...
"For today in the city of David, a Savior has been born for you, who is Messiah and Lord." -Luke 2:11
...scares so many people?
Either you believe, or you don't. Seems so very simple.
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Ah yes, Christmas season - when atheists start foaming at the mouth with rabid hatred and envy, and cannot tolerate that anyone actually believes in God. They want people to believe in Them instead. Pure, unadulterated Envy. And you can tell because they are miserable and angry.
All atheists are not rabid hateful fascists, just some. Respectful atheists are not driven mad because people worship God instead of Them. There are many such reasonable atheists on FR. Rational respectful people are not driven mad just because not everyone worships God the same way they do, either, but are actually happy that people worship God even if it's not exactly the same way they do.
These hateful little wannabe tyrants want to destroy every vestige of what makes our country good - the basic freedom to worship God and acknowledge His mercy, goodness and protection, and our duty to Him.
He doesn't just come across that way. He clearly is that way.
Funny how atheists, using the same reasoning as the homosexuals, state that they just want to be left alone, but are not willing to extend the same courtesy to those they disagree with.
Oh! That's right. Silly me. *Do unto others* is not part of their religion.
Thanks. I like it.
Ooh, ooh, we could make them out of pasta! Fusilli Jerry, and all, and a festivus pole and silver garland. I wonder how that display would frighten our atheist friends?
Atheism is a faith based belief, despite all attempts by any atheist to claim otherwise. Atheism "claims" to prove a negative.
Atheism is not a faith based belief. It simply states that God does not exist. Furthermore, there’s nothing to prove when faith (or Faith) is involved - one does not prove or disprove faith.
It’s wrong to say that atheism is the assertion of a universal negative when atheism is essentially nothing. A satanist, on the other, would better qualify for the assertion. That said, I doubt atheists exist.
The only way to make an assertion that there is no God or god would be to take a leap of faith.
Furthermore, theres nothing to prove when faith (or Faith) is involved - one does not prove or disprove faith.
Faith is arriving at a belief without evidence.
Its wrong to say that atheism is the assertion of a universal negative when atheism is essentially nothing.
Atheism makes a positive assertion, there are no gods and there is no God. Agnosticism is a neutral position, which does not rely on any form of faith. Agnosticism basically says that one has insufficient evidence to take a position either way.
“There is no bigot....”, meaning of course those who openly display their hatred of God, as this man does. Of course, he really intends to offend believers rather than make a positive statement.