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.

It’s Pointed at You…What Do You Do?

Have you stopped to consider the danger you’re in every day? Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by loaded weapons. Almost everyone you know brings one to work. Even teenagers are taking them to school. In many cases kids have access to weapons that were provided to them by their parents. Weapons that are always aimed and ready to fire. Much of the time these weapons are pointed directly at you. With a finger on the trigger.

Does this bother you at all? It’s absolutely true. And I’m not talking about guns.

I thought about this recently as I was walking back from lunch. I stood on a street corner waiting to cross the street, which also happened to be the freeway off-ramp. The light was green for cars exiting the freeway and several passed within just a few feet of me while turning at the intersection. Having exited the freeway, many were still going quite fast. Standing less than the sidewalks width from passing cars, I could have been plowed. At that moment it occurred to me just how silly the gun debate has become.

Try this: The next time you have guests, call your teenager into the room and hand him a .45 and a box of ammo. Tell him to go out and have a good time with his friends. “Make sure you’re home by 10!” Try to imagine the reaction of your guests. I’ll bet you don’t need to try very hard. I’ll bet those same guests wouldn’t even blink if the same scene played out with a set of car keys instead of a gun.

What about bars? Nevada allows you to carry in places that serve alcohol, but some other states don’t. Why? We make a big deal about drinking and driving, but if we’re serious then why don’t we forbid people to bring a car to the bar? Arrest anyone who drives a car to a bar, assuming they are going to drink and drive.

There are a ton of web sites that compare vehicle and firearm fatalities. I’m sure you can find one that fits your beliefs nicely. I’m just curious about how we arrived where we are. How have we come to treat the car as a docile little friend while acting as though guns are some kind of demon that will magically start spraying bullets for no reason? They are both tools and can be used for good or ill. Statistically, though, the car is a murderous monster.

So, what do I do when I’m waiting on a street corner? Do I stand far back from the road to put as much distance between me and the car as possible? Do I hide behind the pole to create a barrier between me the cars? No, I exercise a little faith that the drivers are not going to kill me. I trust that they will respect the laws, which, in Nevada, frown on both driving on sidewalks and mowing down pedestrians. If I really become concerned, then I always have the option to get a car of my own to provide me with additional protection.

If you know what I mean.