Skip to comments.Secularism in America: Growing American Movement Raises Concerns
Posted on 04/24/2012 6:46:30 AM PDT by marshmallow
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Arianne Gasser of Canton, Ohio, is proud to call herself a graduate student at a prestigious Catholic university, and she also is proud to call herself an atheist.
The pride she has in her atheist status is part of what inspired her to travel from the Philadelphia area, where she is enrolled at Villanova University, to Washington in March to join thousands of other atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers for the "Reason Rally," an event that was billed as an assembly to unify secular people nationwide.
Carrying a sign that reads, "This is what an atheist looks like," Gasser is part of a growing segment of Americans under the age of 30 who identify themselves as atheists or agnostics.
It's a movement that concerns Catholic leaders worldwide, including Pope Benedict XVI.
"We have morals and we have beliefs and we have these values," said Gasser, as she walked along the National Mall and marveled at how many people turned out for the rally. "People just think that we're evil, God-hating. We're just people. We just don't believe that something happens to us after we die."
A survey released in 2009 by the Pew Research Center found that a quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 surveyed said they were atheists, agnostics or had no religion.
"Radical secularism" threatens the core values of American culture, the pope warned a group of U.S. bishops visiting the Vatican in January. He called on the church in the U.S., as well as politicians and other laypeople, to render "public moral witness" on crucial social issues.
"The larger concern with secularism is that it damages people, and that it actually keeps people from being reasonable with one another," said Chad C. Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology in........
(Excerpt) Read more at catholicnews.com ...
This country is doomed.
Every day this country looks more and more like the Daughter of Babylon in Isaiah and Revelation. Prophecy says that The Daughter of Babylon will be destroyed in ONE DAY (nuclear), and the smoke of her destruction will be seen far out to sea. The merchants of the Earth will lament her destruction, because it is bad news for them, too.
“People just think that we’re evil, God-hating. We’re just people. We just don’t believe that something happens to us after we die.”
I lament their stupidity. The Lord has given some people experiences to relate to us:
Pray that God will bring more missionaries to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus to America and the west.
As such they seem to be decent citizens without any demonstrated tendency to crash airplanes into skyscrapers and hardly worthy of being America's most hated religious minority.
I have no problem with atheists per se, it’s the ones who simply hate Christians and Christianity, and ignore the threat of Islam that I have a big problem with.
Me too. Those who do not believe in God, and worse attack Christians forget a BIGGER threat called Islamofacism.
Yes, there are few things in life as reprehensible as an “evangelical” atheist.
Do they go around at Christmas time and tell little kids there is no Santa?
Do they kick puppies?
Even if they thought religion was a “crutch” - do they go around kicking the crutches out from under people with broken legs?
plus, for years, these morons have been schooled into believing in the lie of evolutionism, and now that they worship at the altar of darwin....we wonder why.....
you reap what you sow.
So you call then morons, that will win them over. /s
The ones I have a problem with, are those who file lawsuits to get crosses torn down off of mountains, and file lawsuits to take “under God” out of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Atheist/agnostic people who have a live and let live attitude are one thing. The radical version of same, who want to change the entire society to make our country into their version of utopia, are the dangers.
We know. They're called communists.
"Religion is the opium of the masses". Remember that quotation?
Millions died at the hands of "evangelical" atheists and we spent most of the 20th century fighting them.
There are times when I feel totally powerless to prepare them for the future they face.
Yes....and most atheists I know, are actually glad at least that we do have a Judeo-Christian value system, and perish the thought of what would happen if indeed there were no believers, even though they themselves do not believe.
That’s my point I always try to make to them...do you really think the world would be a better place without people of faith?
i call them morons, because as atheists, the religion of evolutionism is their default position, and they also betray their ‘rational thought’ claims by living in a country that has founding documents that acknowledge a higher power than man.....
surely, as an atheist, you would want to stick to your principles of so-called ‘rational thought’, and seek to live where there is no ackownledgement of a higher power than man himself.....
and since they do not seek this, but just spout their atheistic claptrap with no small sense of pride, i call that moronic behavior.
As one with an advanced degree in the Humanities, I wouldn’t believe any soft science “study.”
Nowadays, here in America - it seems that opiates are the religion of the masses.
Yeah, so does calling their gathering a “Reason Rally.”
Islamists hate atheists more than christians.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.