Separation of Church and State – The One Way Street

Yet another “separation of church and state” item popped-up in the news yesterday. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley, MN, threatening to sue the school. The issue seems to be that the school takes its students on field trips to the Calvary Lutheran Church to make care packages for the needy (the horror!).

The letter complains that “The violation has been previously reported to you by the family, but the problem has not been corrected.” One family complained and everyone else didn’t bow. The nerve.

This type of complaint is old hat, so it really doesn’t merit much discussion. It’s like the girl who sued to have her school’s prayer removed, or the guy that used his kid to try to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Or when a courthouse in Alabama was forced to remove the Ten Commandments. I suppose the atheist/humanist would look at this as a list of their proud accomplishments. I’m trying to remember what they call someone who never creates but only destroys.

But whatever. There are a few things that I wonder about.

First, I believe their true motives are revealed when you consider what they choose not to get involved in. I’m thinking specifically about the case in Colorado where a gay couple asked a bakery to provide a cake for their wedding. He said he was opposed to gay marriage for religious reasons and thus refused service. The couple then did what any sensible couple would do: they sued him to force him to bake them a cake. The crazy part is that they actually won the lawsuit!

I know what you’re thinking. The American Humanist Association jumped in the middle of the lawsuit and argued on behalf of the bakery. They said, “the Establishment Clause ‘erected a wall between church and state’ which ‘must be kept high and impregnable.'” Actually, they didn’t say that. They didn’t say anything. Apparently, they are totally cool with the government imposing itself on religion, just not the other way around.

So, the next obvious question is this: Where will they stand if the government decides to force churches to perform gay marriages? Reason says they will stand with the churches in order to defend the wall of separation; however, they are not reasonable. We can expect them to be silent, just as they were in Colorado.

Of course, you could argue that this is a civil rights issue. The religious radicals are denying others their civil rights! You could also make a similar argument against the American Humanist Association. We have created a human rights issue by denying the school the opportunity to make care packages for the needy. Both arguments are silly and can be dismissed. What’s left is a group of hypocrites with an agenda.

What makes me sad is that the humanists and atheist spend so much time and money attacking others. Imagine if they took that money and used it to help others rather than tear religion down. They yell from the rooftops that you don’t need religion in order to do good. As a matter of fact, the slogan for the AHA is “Good Without a God”. Yet when you look at their website, there are no instances of anyone doing good. It is devoted completely to destroying religion. This is sad.

Ultimately, there is one thing that they won’t admit but it’s the one truth they cannot deny. It is this: Lack of religion is a religion. Religion is nothing more that a set of beliefs. In this sense, believing in God and not believing in God are opposite but equal beliefs. Atheism and humanism are both religions based on lack of belief rather than belief. Which means that they are using government to force their religion on others.

When it comes to religion there can be no vacuum.

1 Comment

  1. Drepa Rugl   •  

    The idea presently held that there should be a separation of church and state with no mingling of the two is erroneous. The phrase pops up in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1801. Jefferson read it in the 1644 writings of Roger Williams (Baptist theologian) who founded what we know as Rhode Island as a sanctuary from the religious persecution of the other colonies and their religious overlords. The text of the First Amendment (that does not have the phrase “separation of church and state” in it) hasn’t ever meant that Jefferson wanted to keep religion from existing at the same time and/or in the same place as government. It literally meant that there was to be no establishing an “official” state religion and there was to be the free practice of any and all religions by those that chose to. This means that the American Humanist Association has no right to simply destroy religion as and where it sees fit.

    Also, the AHA is very much a downer organization. It’s hooray for destroying this, and hooray for dogging on that. There is no real production of progress as they suppose. They are all about bringing others down to their level of misery.

    Last, the lack of religion HAS become a religion.
    There may be a time where many people feel that they don’t know what to think about God, what this life is about, where we came from, and where we are going; but somewhere along the way we feel somewhat satisfied with what we know or don’t know. At this point we label ourselves in some way. These can include christian, muslim, scientologist, Jehovah’s witness or any variation of the innumerable names people come up with. Atheists and secular humanists, though, are many times against what they see as religion because they feel it is how so many refuse to use logic or science as an explanation of what is causing issues in the world. The hatred for religion (or at the very least the reliance on only science and logic) has become its own religion. Merriam Webster defines “religion” as: “1) the belief in a god or in a group of gods, 2) an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods, 3) : an interest, a belief, or an activity that is very important to a person or group.”
    This vehemence towards traditional religions can fit into any of these definitions if we look at Merriam Webster’s third definition of “god” which reads “a person or thing of supreme value.”
    Atheism/secular humanism is a religion. Even if we replace “hatred for religion” with “the obsession to use science and/or logic to know any truth” they are still considered a religion. Most that call themselves simply an atheist are not organized in their hatred of religion. Secular humanism, as you have shown, is very organized.

    This organized religion is attempting to take over our government as the official state religion just as France’s secular humanists have. It’s something to be aware of and fight against.

    Thanks for your great post.

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