Being absolute anthropocentrists, many atheists take offence as they consider it a personal affront that those people are enjoying their holydays. In their minds; every public display of religiosity is aimed at them, every “God bless you” after they sneeze is shoving theology down their throats. And, of course, considering their latest propaganda campaign, it is not merely public displays but you, in your home, behind closed doors, out of public view, teaching your children your faith that is the latest target.
As per usual, during a time of the year when people are generally more inclined towards charity—peace on earth and good will towards non-gender specific personages—atheists are busily collecting hundreds upon hundreds of thousands worth of currency during a time of recession not in order to help anyone in real material need but in order to purchase bill boards and bus ads whereby they seek to demonstrate, to themselves, just how clever they are.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is an organization established in the USA which is a country premised upon the concept of freedom of religious expression; as George Washington put it in his Thanksgiving Proclamation from “the year of our Lord 1789”:
…acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will…Almighty God…that great and glorious Being…for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed…the great Lord and Ruler of Nations…bless them [all nations] with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us…—and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best…
Atheist activist organizations, such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation, are certainly well within their rights and are to be encouraged since nothing discredits atheism like simply letting atheists speak as loudly and often as they wish.
Let us succinctly consider some of their billboard messages:
“Imagine No Religion”
This is quoted from the John Lennon song, “Imagine” which is an atheist anthem that calls for conversion to atheism as it states, “I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”
Activist atheism is not simply about living non-God related lives but about seeking converts.
Lastly, we do not have to “imagine no religion” but merely have to consider the history of the last century; the most secular and bloodies century in human history.
Yet, if no one can condemn “religion” as does God and the Bible: find the evidence here.
Here we see another atheist tendency; the doing away with a supernatural God and replacing Him with natural gods. “Praise God” is replaced by “Praise Darwin” as the FFRF somehow infers that God does not exist based on biology. See the essay iTheism.
Dan Barker, has stated, “Darwin has bequeathed what is good” and apparently, what is good is that “abortion is a blessing” and concluding that Jesus was “a moral monster.”
“State/Church: Keep Them Separate” / “Keep Religion Out of Government”
This demonstrates an activist atheist tendency towards confusing the US Constitution’s “Establishment Clause” against a state religion which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishing of religion” with Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists in which he references “a wall of separation between Church and State.”
Jefferson, deist or not, attended Christian church services in the Capitol Building. Ironically, the FFRF would have called for his impeachment for doing so.
Apparently, the FFRF understand Jefferson better than Jefferson understood Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence states that we have inalienable rights that have been given to us by “our Creator…nature’s God.”
Dan Barker stated, “There are no gods…There is only our natural world,” thus his ultimate goal is to remove “religious” influence in government and replace it with atheistic influence.
Another anti-Christian quip replacing “Season’s Greetings.” The FFRF came very close to quoting the Bible which states, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD” (Isaiah 1:18).
Dan Barker has stated, “we also champion reason as its [faith’s] replacement, as the only viable tool of knowledge.” Yet, ask him to justify his reliance upon reason from reason and he will reason to reason which is circular logic (actually, we cannot reason to reason as no epistemic system is ultimately self-validating).
He also misunderstands faith which is not, as the atheist talking point defines it, belief without evidence but trust; that upon which we rely once we have followed reason, evidence, etc. as far as it will go; the very same upon which he relies in order to positively affirm that “There are no gods.”
We can only hope that the FFRF and others will continue their propagandizing as it give occasion to pull the mask of erudition away from the zealous atheist preacher.
Here are some of my ideas for FFRF billboards: