“Nov. 8 was a game changer – and not for our essential work.”
So lamented husband and wife atheists Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-presidents of the so-called Freedom from Religion Foundation, which is based in Madison, Wisconsin and which claims 23,500 members nationwide.
In fact, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth within the nation’s anti-God community in the wake of Donald Trump’s seemingly improbable election this past week as America’s next president.
“Mr. Trump has made a number of statements,” decried David Silverman, president of American Atheists, “that has given millions of Americans who value constitutional separation of religion and government a great deal of concern.”
“Candidate Trump built a campaign,” fulminated Larry Decker, executive director of the so-called Secular Coalition for America, “built on the Religious Right’s agenda, the core of which seeks to use government to impose their religious views on all Americans.”
The remarks by Barker and Gaylor, and Silverman and Decker beg the question – if so many Americans share the anti-God views of the nation’s atheists, agnostics, non-theists, secularists, humanists, freethinkers, nonbelievers (and whatever else they call themselves), how on earth did Trump prevail on Election Day?
Well, there is an otherworldly explanation. God was with Donald Trump.
And He made fools of the pundits and pollsters who thought it near-impossible that a candidate, like Trump, with neither previous government experience nor a military background could best an opponent, like Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. senator and Secretary of State.
The Democratic Party standard-bearer enjoyed the near-unanimous support of the mainstream media (including, notably, the New York Times and Washington Post), the backing of more than half of Fortune 500 chief executives (like Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett and Apple’s Tim Cook) and the unswerving loyalty of all-too-influential special interests (from the AFL-CIO, the country’s biggest labor union to Planned Parenthood, the country’s biggest abortionist).
Clinton had formidable allies standing alongside her. But the powers of this world are as nothing before sovereign God. As Psalm 2:4-5 declares, “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath.”
That sounds very much like what happened this past Tuesday, when a seeming act of God propelled Donald Trump to the presidency. It brings to mind the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said, forebodingly, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
Indeed, since its founding, God has shed His grace upon America. But ours has become in recent decades a nation that has turned away from God; that calls evil good and good evil; that gives voice to blasphemers like Barker and Gaylor, and Silverman and Decker who dare to shake their fists at God.
The nation’s atheist minority believed it had a “kindred spirit” in the White House in Barack Obama, as McClatchy Newspapers reported in 2010. That was a year after Obama became the first president in history to use the occasion of his inaugural address lift up “nonbelievers” as part of the fabric of American – notwithstanding that this nation’s founders were, with few (if any exceptions) God-fearing men.
And if Obama’s shout-out to the nation’s anti-God community in his inaugural address wasn’t enough of an insult to the three-quarters of Americans who identify themselves as Christ followers, he actually invited atheist leaders to the White House to express their objection to “military proselytizing” and faith-based initiatives, among other religion-related issues.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation, American Atheists, Secular Coalition for America and other confederate anti-God groups were counting on a President Hillary Clinton to pick up where President Obama leaves off on January 20, 2017.
“Secretary Clinton ran a campaign that understandably and undeniably resonated with a clear majority of nonreligious voters,” said Decker, the Secular Coalition of America’s executive director.
Well, Clinton’s sacrilegious views on such issues as same-sex marriage, abortion and radical Islam obviously did not resonate with God. Because He showed up on Election Day, delivering the U.S. presidency to Donald Trump, and in so doing making foolish the supposed wisdom of this world, which assumed that Clinton would waltz into the White House.
But it is Donald Trump who is this nation’s President-elect. Not by the earthly might, nor by the worldly power Trump summoned during his presidential campaign, but by the otherworldly Spirit of the Lord of hosts.
Of course, the nation’s atheist minority absolutely refuses to believe that Trump’s improbable election was in any way attributable to divine intervention. Instead, they insist that “the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party did not do more to reach out to nonreligious voters, which remain the largest ‘religious group’ within the Democratic Party.”
So now the anti-God community is looking ahead to 2018, hoping Democrats can wrest control of at least one chamber of Congress.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation’s Barker and Gaylor fret that President-elect Trump “has vowed to repeal the Johnson amendment that governs church politicking.” And even more distressing, they say, “is losing the chance – seemingly just within grasp – to swing the Supreme Court back to the secular side.”
It’s not just that President Trump will chose a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, breaking the 4-4 tie on the high court. The new president also “will be given the opportunity,” the atheist couple notes, to replace justices sympathetic to their anti-God agenda, “including the Divine RGB, age 83, Stephen Breyer, 78, and the reputed ‘swinger,’ Anthony Kennedy, age 80.”
That’s why Silverman, the American Atheists president, says “the atheist community must redouble our efforts to protect true religious freedom.” Of course, he is not talking about freedom of religion – as the nation’s founders envisioned – but freedom from religion
That is, to completely remove God from public life in America:
Delete “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Tear down the crosses standing in public parks, memorializing those who died in the service of this country. Remove “In God We Trust” from the nation’s currency. Forbid prayer before the start of government sessions.
Eliminate the tax exemption for places of worship. Force private business-owners to provide services inimical to their faith. Forbid Christmas decorations on government property. Ban Christmas carols in public schools. Order religious-based hospitals to provide contraceptives or abortions on demand. No mention of God by public officials – not even “God bless America.”
That’s what an atheist America would look like. And that’s why Donald Trump is just the president this nation needs for such a time as this.