Atheists Mad As Hell Over Federal Court Ruling



Hooray for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Unlike all too many liberal courts throughout the country, which have held that atheist hate speech against Christians is perfectly okay, the Sixth ruled last week that such anti-religious malice is not protected by the First Amendment.

The case dates back to 2010, when the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist hate group based in Madison, Wisconsin, wrote a series of letters to Jim Fouts, Mayor of  Warren, Michigan, demanding that the city remove a nativity scene from a holiday display it has put up for years.

Mayor Fouts told the atheists they could go to the devil. So FFRF suggested a supposed compromise. Keep the nativity scene, but add a sign declaring:

“At this season of The Winter Solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

Mayor Fouts told the atheists, again, they could go to the devil (whether they believe in their master, the devil, or not). “I will not allow anyone or any organization to attack religion in general,” he wrote, in a letter to FFRF. So the atheist hate group sued, claiming that the city of Warren had trampled upon its free-speech rights.

A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit unanimously disagreed, upholding a previous federal district court decision. The panel declared that holiday displays are not “a seasonal public forum, requiring governments to add all comers to the mix.”

Moreover, the jurists stressed, it is not unconstitutional for a city like Warren to keep an opposing viewpoint out of a holiday display – like the sign created by FFRF, which the atheist hate group specifically designed to provoke and offend Christians.

“If strict neutrality were the order of the day,” the panel reasoned, logically, “the United States Postal Service would need to add all kinds of stamps, religious and nonreligious alike, to its December collection. Veterans’ Day would lead to pacifism Day, the Fourth of July to Non-patriots Day, and so on.”

The heathens at FFRF raged against the Sixth Circuit’s ruling. They attributed it to the fact that “(a)ll thee judges that decided the case were appointed by Bush I or Bush II” and that the author of the unanimous opinion “is considered one of the most conservative judges on the Sixth Circuit.”

But what really must trouble the litigious atheists at FFRF is that the Sixth Circuit has given municipalities throughout the country a new legal defense when and if FFRF demands that they remove a nativity scene during the holidays or tear down a cross at a public war memorial or tell public school kids they are not allowed to pray before football games.

It is, as Mayor Fouts celebrated, “a victory for freedom of religion.”

Atheist Hate Group Attacks the Ten Commandments


The Connellsville Area School District in Pennsylvania was sued this week in U.S. District Court for refusing to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments that has stood for more than 50 years on the grounds of its junior high school.

That follows a similar federal lawsuit against the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pennsylvania, which was filed two weeks ago, and which objects to display of the Ten Commandments in front of one of the district’s high schools.

Both legal actions were initiated by the so-called Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist hate group based in Madison, Wisconsin. It is using the courts to wage an unholy war not so much against religion, but against Christianity, the target of 99.9 percent of its litigation.

If FFRF was a legal advocacy group, which bore no animus toward Christ followers, but simply wanted the courts to maintain the proverbial “wall of separation” between church and state, I would still disagree with group, but I would not accuse it of nefarious motives.

But the atheists at FFRF truly are haters, as evidenced by their “virtual” billboard campaign, featuring the godless testimony of “out of the closet” atheists.

“The bible is nothing but a bunch of bull crap,” sneers atheist Eugene T. Bernascone, in one such billboard. “If you believe anything it says, I can get you a fantastic deal on the Eiffel Tower. By the way, it’s also good when you run out of toilet paper.”

Now, imagine if this gentleman said such a thing about the Koran. He might set off riots in the Muslim World. He might even be denounced by President Obama in the well off the United Nations.

But because his hate speech is directed at Christians, he gets a free pass. And his atheist cohorts at FFRF follow up his verbal assault on Christians (and others like it) with legal attacks against easy targets like the Connellsville and New Kensington-Arnold school districts.

What infuriates is that the courts allow the atheist haters to get away with their unholy war against the Christian faithful, lawsuit by lawsuit. That includes the U.S. Supreme Court, which has had a supposed conservative majority since Ronald Reagan was in the White House.

Indeed, just last year, the nation’s highest court declined an opportunity to revisit a case examining whether displays of the Ten Commandments in two county courthouses in Kentucky were an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the displays were indeed unconstitutional.

However, since then, the counties have included the Ten Commandments as part of a broader presentation of historic documents, including the Mayflower Compact and the Declaration of Independence.

That the High Court last year left in place its 2005 ruling against the Ten Commandments doesn’t bode well for the Connellsville and New Kensington-Arnold school districts. The lower courts almost certainly will side with the atheists, declaring that God’s law has no place in schools or other public buildings.

Missouri Prayer Amendment Nears Passage


Missouri voters decide the fate today of a ballot measure, Amendment 2, which would affirm the right of residents of the Show Me State to pray “individually or corporately in a private or public setting.”

The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution has, of course, provoked much sound and fury from the godless element, as well as those who profess to believe in God, but who want to ban their Creator from the public square.

“Help protect our children from indoctrination and a lifetime of ignorance,” exhorts the nascent Missouri chapter of the atheist Secular Coalition of America.

“Missouri Amendment 2 is completely unnecessary,” claims Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

“If Missourians amend their Constitution, they will erode rather than enhance their religious freedom,” opines the New York Times.

These and other foes of Amendment 2 just don’t get it.

The reason the measure almost certainly will be approved today is because Missouri’s Christian majority has decided it will no longer do nothing as the godless, the secularist, the non-sectarian wage unholy war against those who share the faith of this nation’s founders.

Indeed, James Madison, author of the First Amendment, who said the “whole future of American civilization” depended upon the “capacity of each and every one of us” to “sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God,” could never have imagined how hostile this nation would become to the Almighty, and to His only begotten Son.

Would Madison have had a problem with display of a nativity scene in a public library? Would he have objected to crosses marking the graves of Christian war dead at national cemeteries? Would he have considered student prayer at a public school an unconstitutional establishment or religion?

I don’t think so. And neither does Missouri state Rep. Mike McGhee, who sponsored Amendment 2.

McGee consulted for many years with Rev. Terry Hodges, his pastor at First Baptist Church in Odessa, Missouri, before crafting the measure that appears today on the state ballot.

For much of the nation’s first 150 years or so, said Pastor Hodges, those who shared Madison’s Christian faith “enjoyed home field advantage,” However, he added, “That’s changed, and there’s now there’s a hostility to Christians.”

Passage of Amendment 2 will not diminish the freedom from religion the godless, the secularist, the non-sectarian currently enjoy. It simply will “level the playing field,” as Pastor Hodges puts it, for Missouri residents who desire to freely exercise their religion.

Atheists Bash Prayer For Grieving Colorado Families


Have the atheists no decency, even in a time of national mourning?

No sooner had President Obama offered sympathy to the families of those killed or injured in yesterday’s murderous rampage at a suburban Denver movie theater – “May the Lord bring them comfort and healing in the hard days to come,” he said – before he found himself under attack by an atheist group.

By invoking the Lord, asserted Tom Flynn, director of an outfit that calls itself the Center for Secular Humanism, the president sent “a message of exclusion to other religions who don’t call their god ‘Lord’ and to non-religious Americans.”

Of course, Flynn couldn’t care less if religious folk who are neither Christians nor Jews were offended that Obama mentioned the Lord. He and his fellow “secular humanists” simply doesn’t want the president to acknowledge either God or the Son of God in his public pronouncements.

It doesn’t matter to Flynn and his fellow atheists that 92 percent of Americans believe in God, according to a 2011 Gallup Poll. It doesn’t matter to the godless wretches that 75 percent of Americans are Christians.

I’m sure most of that 92 percent had no problem with the president offering a prayer for the grieving families in Colorado. And I’m sure most of that 75 percent was untroubled that the president referenced the Lord.

Yet, atheists like Flynn insist that any public prayer under any circumstances is a constitutional violation of the First Amendment’s so-called “Separation Clause.”

And that any mention of the Lord, which is commonly associated with Christianity and Judaism, is a constitutional violation of the First Amendment’s so-called “Establishment Clause.”

Flynn’s argument is based on the modernist misreading of the First Amendment; a revisionist take on the original intent of this nation’s founders, almost all of whom happen to be Christians.

While they forbade the establishment of a national religion, to which every American would be expected to adhere, they never intended to evict religion from the public square.

They would have no problem with the president praying for the families who lost a loved one in yesterday’s massacre in Colorado.

And, having enacted a Constitution that refers to “the Year of our Lord,” they almost certainly wouldn’t object to his invocation of the Lord.

The Heathen Rage Against National Day of Prayer


America is in a state of malaise. More than 60 percent of us believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll.

Against that backdrop, people of faith will gather in cities and towns from sea to shining sea to observe the 61st annual National Day of Prayer; to ask God to shed his grace on our troubled land.

Of course, not everyone looks forward to today’s observance. “The National Day of Prayer demeans millions of Americans who believe that reason, not prayer is the way to solve the country’s problems,” complained Maggie Ardiente, Director of Communications for the American Humanist Association.

But I can’t think of one national problem the humanists (or atheists or secularists or naturalists or whatever else they call themselves) have solved by their godless reasoning.

They succeeded in persuading the courts to ban school prayer. Since then, violence, drug abuse and teen-age pregnancy has become prevalent among the nation’s public school children as scholastic achievement has steadily declined.

They challenge government aid to faith-based social service providers that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, nurse the infirm, clean up the substance abuser and rehabilitate the criminal offender.

Yet they have no problem with federal tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion provider, which is responsible for the mass murder of more 1 million pre-born children every year.

And they sue public officials, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, for publicly participating in days of prayer, claiming violation of the First Amendment’s so-called Establishment Clause.

Yet, 214 years ago this month, John Adams, the nation’s second president, declared a day of “Solemn Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer.”

If the nation’s founders considered government-sponsored prayer a violation of the First Amendment, surely those who were still alive at the time would have protested – including James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights.

America has strayed far from its religious moorings. The godless element in our country, aided by activist judges and courts, have successfully evicted God from the public square, resulting in the rending of the nation’s social and moral fabric.

But there is hope.

The Creator of heaven and earth promises: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Faith-Based Pantry Under State Attack


A needful young woman recently visited a food pantry in the southern Indiana city of Seymour, where she applied for emergency assistance.

A pantry volunteer helped the woman complete her paperwork, after which the volunteer asked the woman, with loving-kindness, “Is there anything you would like us to pray with you about?”

“Yes,” the young woman replied, without hesitation, according to a news story published yesterday by USA Today. So the pantry volunteer grasped the woman’s hands and prayed for her.

Community Provisions, the faith-based organization that operates the pantry, has been following the same practice for the past 15 years. And none of the thousands of men and women it has served during that span has ever complained.

But that matters not to the Indiana Department of Health.

It recently declared Community Provisions no longer eligible to receive and distribute groceries through the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program because it asks food recipients – like the aforementioned young woman – if they would like prayer along with their groceries.

A spokesperson for the state-appointed organization that inspects Indiana’s pantries told USA Today, “The guidelines are no religious (activity) or teaching can be required for providing services.”

But Community Provisions does not require the needful women and men visiting its pantry to sing hymns or listen to sermons or be prayed over as a condition of receiving food assistance.

I have no doubt that some of those served by Community Provisions don’t particularly care for prayer. They just want to get their free food and dash.

That’s fine. All they have to say is “no” when a pantry volunteer asks, “Is there anything you like us to pray with you about?”

But I think most are like the young woman mentioned in the USA Today story. When the reporter asked her asked her if she felt uncomfortable being invited to prayer, she was unequivocal:

“It didn’t offend me whatsoever. I think this a great program.”

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