The War Against Christianity in America Continues

On August 27 and September 3, I published two articles on my own blog chronicling the efforts of the Freedom From Religion Foundation to end prayer at High School Football Games in DeSoto County Mississippi.  Their actions were their standard modus operandi.  They have sued 50 American high schools in their attempt to ban prayer from public events.

Now, this bunch of bitter individuals from Wisconsin are once again here in Dixie, making life miserable for average Americans.

Fox News reports:

The mayor of Whiteville, TN said his community is under attack from a national atheist organization that is threatening to sue unless they remove a cross atop the town’s water tower.

“They are terrorists as far as I’m concerned,” said Mayor James Bellar about the Freedom From Religion Foundation. “They are alleging that some Whiteville resident feels very, very intimidated by this cross.”

The mayor told Fox News Radio that the cross was erected on the town’s water tower about eight years ago by a private group of citizens. They collected private donations to cover the costs.

It’s just a cross on the water tower,” he said. “All we’re doing is exercising our right to practice our beliefs down here but this organization is now going to stymie that. We’re not out here knocking on doors trying to convert people.”

But the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation said the cross is a violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. They’ve given the mayor until the end of October to remove the cross. If he refuses, they have threatened to sue.

“The law is very clear on this,” Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Dan Barker told Fox News Radio. “A secular city may not promote or hinder religion. We don’t have a problem with believers putting up crosses wherever they want, but this is a cross put up by the city on the city water tower.”

Barker said they’ve been sending letters to the city since last year demanding that the cross be taken down, acting on behalf of an unnamed resident who complained.

“It offends many residents,” Barker said of the cross. “Many of them think the cross symbol is an offensive symbol – that it’s an insult to humanity.”

But Mayor Bellar said he doesn’t believe that’s true.

“As a matter of fact, I don’t even think it’s a Whiteville resident,” he said. “We don’t have people of that belief here and if we do they’re not going to raise that kind of ruckus for the rest of the town.”

Mayor Bellar said he’s inclined to remove the cross rather than face a costly lawsuit.

However, the town council voted to consult with the Alliance Defense Fund about their legal options.

“This is their cause in life – to ride up and down the highway and find small towns that maybe have a religious symbol somewhere on public property,” he said. “I have to admit it – checking their website, they’re batting 100 percent on this stuff.”

Once more, if you are an average American like me, you’re probably asking yourself, gentle reader: Who are these idiots?

Well, according to David Horowitz:

Founded in 1978, the nonprofit, tax-exempt Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) consists of more than 13,000 members and calls itself “the largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics) in the United States.” Its mission is “to promote free thought and to keep state and church separate.”

According to FFRF, religion invariably has been a negative force in human societies. “The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion,” the organization says. “… In modern times, the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women’s right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers [i.e., atheists and agnostics], just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery.”

Peruse their website and you’ll read the following:

The Foundation recognizes that the United States was first among nations to adopt a secular Constitution. The founders who wrote the U.S. Constitution wanted citizens to be free to support the church of their choice, or no religion at all. Our Constitution was very purposefully written as a godless document, whose only references to religion are exclusionary.

It is vital to buttress the Jeffersonian “wall of separation between church and state” which has served our nation so well.

That’s strange. It’s a matter of historical record that Jefferson regularly attended church services held IN the Capitol Building.  He once explained to a friend while they were walking to church together:

No nation has ever existed or been governed without religion. Nor can be. The Christian religion is the best religion that has been given to man and I, as Chief Magistrate of this nation, am bound to give it the sanction of my example.

Jefferson also wrote: “I have always said and always will say that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume will make us better citizens.”

Despite the mayor and his town’s fervent desire to stand up to the FFRF, Bellar has announced that the cross will be taken down and moved, as the town cannot afford to fight the atheists in the courts.  While the townsfolk are still rightfully upset, the mayor has stated that the cross will be placed on private property on a local highway – where, he says, the cross will actually be seen by an even larger audience.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 92 % of Americans believe in God.  A tiny minority – only 8 % – do not…and that’s fine. We are still a free country.

What the Foundation, Obama, and the other Progressives attempting to remove Our Creator from day-to-day American Life don’t seem to understand is:

Salvation is an individual experience, not something that happens to a collective.  And America, our sacred land,  was built upon individual freedom.

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8 Responses to The War Against Christianity in America Continues

  1. SteveC says:

    You don’t provide any references for the quotes attributed to Jefferson.
    According to Monticello.org, at least some of the quotes are spurious.
    http://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/spurious-quotes

    Here is a quote from Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, Jan 1, 1802:
    “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. ” [emphasis mine] Reference: Library of Congress
    http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

    The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious Freedom, written by Jefferson, illustrates even more strongly his views on the separation of roles of religion and government. A copy is on the University of Virginia web site:
    http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/sacred/vaact.html

    Since nobody disputes the rights of private individuals and organizations to follow, display, promote, and proselytize their religion, I don’t see a “war on Christianity.” Failure to get official government support for your particular religion doesn’t mean you are being discriminated against. NO religion is entitled to such support.

    • All of the quotes of mine that you referenced come from wallbuilders.com.

      Two questions:

      1. When our founders wrote “Our Creator” in the Constitution, Whom were they referring to?

      2. Why are you afraid of The Cross?

      • Excuse me, I mean the Declaration of Independence, of course.

      • Nefer says:

        1. References to God were included in the Declaration of Independence because the people who wrote it believed in God. So what? That was a document declaring our independence from England, and in no way served (nor does it serve today) as a guiding document for legislation or the future government of the country.

        The Constitution is what served (and still serves today) as the guiding document for legislation in the United States. Nowhere in the entire document does it mention that the US is a Christian nation, or that Christianity should be given preference over all other religions. In fact, the Constitution doesn’t contain ANY references to God, Jesus Christ, or the Bible. Seeing as how the nation’s founders did mention God in the Declaration, but left mention of him out of the Constitution, speaks volumes about their desire to leave him out of American government.

        Bring up whatever “quotes” you want. You still won’t find God anywhere in the Constitution, a peculiar thing if it was supposed to be the basis for a country based on said God.

        2. We’re not afraid of the cross. You’re mistaken about that. We don’t care if people put crosses up on churchs, on their porches, on their lawns, wear them as jewelry, or place them on their cars. Honestly, we see crosses everyday and really don’t give a sh*t. It’s when the government places religious symbols (such as the cross) on publicly owned, taxpayer-funded, property that we get upset. We’d be just as upset if it happened to be a Buddha, a Wiccan pentacle, or a Jewish star.

        Just as you would be.

        It’s interesting how that mindset works — Muslim symbol on top of the water tower? No, that would be bad, you’d say. Christian cross? Oh, that’s okay. Hindu symbol? No, bad. Christian cross? No, that’s okay. And it would continue.

        What you don’t seem to understand is that government sponsorship or favortism of religion includes all religions, regardless of how many people believe in that religion or want the government to sponsor or favor it. This is not an attack on Christianity or a fear of the cross. It’s a desire to see our government follow the law and remain neutral about all religions.

        Put crosses all over your homes. Do what you need to do and practice whatever you want on your own time — we don’t care. Just don’t ask the government to give you special treatment that you would certainly turn around and try to deny to a minority religion.

  2. Blaqslax says:

    I want you to read this real careful now, you hear, because they are YOUR OWN WORDS: “Salvation is an individual experience, not something that happens to a collective. And America, our sacred land, was built upon individual freedom.”

    Now despite this, you still apparently think it’s appropriate to install a Christian Cross on town property, visible to the collective. Why do think this is?

    Every Christian in town has the right to place a Cross in their front yard, or anywhere in their homes; they can wear a Cross on necklaces; on rings; put them on their bumper stickers and car windows; and well heck, wear them as tattoos. I mean, you can display Crosses anywhere an individual wants to.

    And how many churches do you have in Whiteville and the surrounding county? Ten? Twenty? You guys got Crosses out the ying-yang.

    And yet, you have insisted on presenting a Cross to the collective atop a piece of town property that belongs to everyone in your community. Almost seems hypocritical of you, to tell the truth. Like it or not, there are some in your community who do not share your beliefs, and they should not have to look up and see this Christian Cross on a taxpayer maintained structure.

    How would you feel if the local Wiccans (yeah, you’ve got a few) had taken up a collection and mounted a pentagram on the tower? Everybody who saw that tower would assume the whole town was full of Wiccans, wouldn’t they? Same thing with the Cross. It’s not right , and you know it.

    • I have a couple of questions for you.

      1. How does the wish of a small community in Tennessee to honor their belief in the same Creator referred to in our nation’s Declaration of Independence harm any American, especially when 75% of Americans publicly profess their Christianity?

      2. Why are you afraid of The Cross?

      By the way, nice name. I know your brother, Ex.

      • Nefer says:

        1. The cross on publicly owned property harms non-Christians by means of treating them as inferiors or “less than” within the community. No one should feel that way. Again, how would you feel if it was a Muslim symbol erected?

        And it doesn’t matter how many people in the town are Christians. 99% of them could be, and that 1% left would still matter — they would still be a part of the community. Even if 100% of the people in the town were Christians, that would still not be justification for the government to break the law and endorse that religion.

        What’s wrong with revering a god or one’s religious beliefs outside of the government sphere? No one is arguing that everyone — Christians and non-Christians alike — should have a right to worship (or not) as they see fit. Everyone should have that right!

        But some Christians have taken it upon themselves to interpret having to follow the same rules as every other religion (in terms of government support) is somehow an infringement on their freedom of religion. That’s the problem.

        2. Please see my above response to this insult disgused as a question.

        • Nefer is a word in the Ancient Egyptian language that was used to symbolize beauty and goodness. The exact translation of the word in English is “Beautiful on the inside and the outside”.

          Your e-mail address involves an interesting word: Avalon.

          Avalon (probably from the Welsh word afal, meaning apple; see Etymology below) is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend. It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 1136 pseudohistorical account Historia Regum Britanniae (“The History of the Kings of Britain”) as the place where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur (Caliburnus) was forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann. Avalon was associated from an early date with immortal beings such as Morgan le Fay.

          Your names show that you are fascinated by myths and legends.

          Rest assured, the fact that America was founded by Christians is no myth, nor legend. Gallup.com reports that 92% of Americans believe in God. 75% of Americans proclaim their Christianity. Your statement that the numbers of Christians in America doesn’t matter, is the equivalent of an adolescent sticking their fingers in their ears, while saying, “Lalalalala, I can’t hear you.”

          Sorry, young lady. The time for The Tyranny of the Minority (Liberals) is over. The political pendulum is swinging back to the Right.