By Ben Kinchlow
MADISON, Wis. – A prominent atheist activist group is demanding that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker remove a Scripture from his Twitter and Facebook accounts, alleging that they imply the government promotion of religion.
“The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Walker this week after becoming aware that he had simply posted “Philippians 4:13″ as his status on his social media accounts on Sunday. The Scripture reads, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’” (Christian News).
The atheists are at it again, demanding that only they be allowed to practice their religion. Wait Kinchlow, you have it all wrong, atheists are against all religions. Not quite, they are against all religions except their own. But wait, atheists do not believe in God. I didn’t say they were practicing a belief in God; I said they were practicing their religion. But isn’t that what religion is all about, worship of a God?
Perhaps an unbiased look at the dictionary definition of religion will help clarify matters.
Religion: a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs; a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects; the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices.
If you read the definition of religion without adding the names of traditional religious bodies familiar to most, you would see that atheists are simply practicing their own form of “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by number persons” (i.e., atheism – like Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, etc.). In other words, atheists are simply a body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices. Christians, for example, believe there is a God; atheists believe there is not. Since neither can see the Entity in question, the difference is simply a matter of belief, or faith, if you will. Christians have faith that there is a God; atheists have faith that there is not. Consequently, every challenge by the atheists is, in fact, a statement that only they should be allowed to practice their religion to the exclusion of all others.
Secondly, they utilize the First Amendment as the basis for their objection, counting on the ignorance of the American public (not to mention the desire of the American population to be fair) as relates to the First Amendment. Atheists anticipate that most Americans are not familiar with, and have not read, the First Amendment to our Constitution. Unfortunately, there is a measure of truth in that assessment (present company excepted). But for the sake of the few who may not be familiar with the same, let me quote in full the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Atheists and others who desire to infringe upon the rights of others simply use the first portion of the First Amendment, the “establishment clause,” to the exclusion of the rest. However, this so-called “establishment clause” is immediately followed by the “free-exercise clause,” which you never hear anything about from atheists and others who seek to restrict the rights of the majority of Americans. Read as written, the intent of the Founding Fathers is startlingly clear; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (emphasis added).
It must be clearly understood, the original purpose of the First Amendment was, and is, to protect religious expression. Today, however, we are increasingly seeing the First Amendment being used as an instrument of oppression. This is the very tyranny early colonists came here to escape.
Under the free-exercise clause, the governor has every right to end his Twitter entry with a scriptural verse, as it is guaranteed by freedom of speech and the freedom of religion.
If an atheist doesn’t like it, don’t read his Twitter or Facebook pages. It’s as simple as that.