Atheists celebrate “Godless” Constitution

Yesterday as patriotic Americans celebrated Independence Day, recalling the 56 brave men who affixed their signatures to our Declaration of Independence — a document acknowledging “God” and our “Creator” in the first two sentences, others thought it an appropriate occasion to run a full page newspaper ad belittling God.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) bought ads in national publications urging readers to “Celebrate Our Godless Constitution.” The group is a member of the Atheist Alliance International, and solicits donations — presumably to further their effort to “keep religion out of government.”

The cash-strapped Arizona Republic either thought this was a worthy effort, or its desperation deemed such ill-timed trash acceptable.

Although the group’s motto states “In Reason We Trust,” reasonable people would acknowledge that our government began with the recognition of a Supreme being. The Judeo-Christian heritage carries on. Congress opens with a prayer.  The frieze on the U.S. Supreme Court building depicts Moses carrying the Ten Commandments. Our currency bears the words, “In God We Trust.” And since President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law in 1954, our Pledge of Allegiance addresses “one nation under God.”

Yet like petulant children in the throes of a temper tantrum, the FFRF attempt to bolster their case with quotes from our nation’s founders: Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison — the revolutionaries who either crafted, signed or fought for the powerful documents invoking God‘s blessings on our fledgling nation. .

The FFRF site even includes a DeBaptismal Certificate,” available for a price, of course, allowing the renunciation of religion “imposed on you as a helpless babe in swaddling clothes.” 

Such drama. God help us.

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5 Responses to Atheists celebrate “Godless” Constitution

  1. pcrcPC says:

    Very unfortunate that this is one of the verses commonly left out of the version of the national anthem we typically sing or hear.

    “A Marine stuns the crowd at a Tea Party with the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner.”

  2. eubykdisop says:

    There is a humorous aspect to this.

    God exists whether the minds of men believe He exists or not.

    I have never encountered an atheist who has made even the slightest effort to find out for himself if God exists. They choose to engage in “blind disbelief”.

    As atheists carry out their activities, God sustains them, giving them life and enabling them to think and to act.

    The Truth that God is cannot be obliterated by a few mortal men running around taking ads in newspapers and posting on the internet. Their efforts are supremely futile and laughingly impotent.

    If God were to reveal Himself to atheists, for even a split second, they would immediately become the most passionate of religious zealots. Beyond that, they would love Him more than life itself.

    How infinitely patient is God, waiting for each to discover Him in their own time and in their own way, waiting for each to freely choose Him over all else without any compulsion or coercion.

  3. Thucydides says:

    Very complex war has been going on behind the scenes in pholosophical debate. Our western platonic heritage is now under severe assault. A few weeks ago, the Arizona House of Representatives opened up without a prayer – first time in the history of our nation. The next time they try this, the Speaker needs to be ready with a backup prayer.

  4. catsclaw says:

    One of the first orders of business of the US Senate when it first convened in 1789 was to find and elect a chaplain. The first chaplain of the US Senate was elected April 25, 1789.
    The House followed when they elected their chaplain on May 1, 1789. We never were a godless nation.

  5. Jess says:

    The problem with FFRF, and why I stopped paying dues to it after my first year’s experience, is they seem to forget reason quite often in their ads and legal battles, especially for an organization that hijacks the word “reason” in their tagline. The quotes that insult the Christian religion (despite their historical validity) are tasteless and counter-productive. If the atheist lobby wonders why so many in the religious community hate us, they need only look at their own tone and behavior. When you call the entire religious community stupid, ignorant, brainwashed, or whatever childish comment you feel will belittle their core religious beliefs, it’s not exactly going to make friends out of them.

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