“A Nativity scene has been displayed next to the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville, Indiana for more than 50 years preceding Christmas, and local citizens are fighting to keep the time-honored holiday tradition (TPNN,net).
“Wisconsin-based anti-Christ group, the Freedom from Religion Foundation has been bullying the city, demanding that the Nativity scene be removed, despite the desires of the local community, arguing that the scene somehow violates the separation of church and state, a phrase that is not actually found in the U.S. Constitution.
“ ‘I think it’s going to take a lot more than some outfit from Wisconsin to have it removed,’ Brookville resident Wayne Monroe (said). ‘If people don’t like the look of it, I think they can look the other way, or don’t look at all. It’s been a tradition here for many; many years, and I hope it’s for many more years. I think we deserve the right to put up what the community wants and I don’t think anybody else should tell us what to do,’ Monroe stated.
The community has planned a candlelight event December 13 at 5:30 PM to show support for keeping the Nativity scene.
Meanwhile, the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened legal action against Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina if it didn’t stop offering a prayer discount for diners who say grace, publicly in the diner. The foundation stated that the discount discriminated against atheists (TPNN). (So I must assume that if a diner offers a seniors discount it is discriminating against younger people?)
Why are atheists so fearful of other religions? I say “other religions” because, despite what atheists say, atheism IS a religion based on the BELIEF that there is no God. One definition of religion is “a pursuit of a belief to which a group ascribes supreme importance”. Atheists are members of a group, convinced of a belief to which they “ascribe supreme importance”. In addition, they ascribe to that belief even without empirical evidence for the “correctness” or “accuracy” of that belief.
Christians and Jews and other religious adherents hold to a non-empirical belief that there is a higher power. The definition of religion doesn’t change just because a group adheres to a non-empirical belief is that there is NO higher power. Atheists are unswervingly convinced in the certainty of their belief that there is no God! Their belief, by definition, is based on faith. Followers of this faith are often more devout in their belief than those who profess belief in God. Faith is faith, no matter what we believe. Those who pretend this is not true are not thinking.
Thinking? Wait, atheism is supposed to be about rationality and THINKING! . There is a serious disconnect here.
So, we end up back at the question posed above. Why are atheists so fearful of religions that believe IN something? Why are atheists so hesitant to admit that they are as faithful as the “faithful”?
I think the answer lies in one fact. If atheists admit that their religion is based on faith they have to admit that they cannot know with perfect certainty that their belief is true. That is what scares them. They scoff at Christians and Jews for believing something that can’t be proven. They can’t admit to the same reality themselves. That is what faith is about. It’s not shameful to admit that. Yet atheists act as though it is.
Belief by a minority that something DOESN’T exist requires no equivocation whatsoever! It requires unquestioning faith as well as proselytism, legislation, and litigation. Even a small crack in the armor may weaken the “unbelievers” faith.
As noted on the Daily Show by comedian Jordan Klepper (herself an atheist), “Maybe we’d all be better off if (atheists) would just lighten the f*** up”.
I have my own suggestions for atheists. Ease up. Believe what you want. Let others believe what they want. Don’t misinterpret the U.S. Constitution. Understand that your belief is no more accurate and no less religious than that of others. Smile. And Have a Very Merry Christmas!