Atheists – The 5% That Are Stripping The Majority Of Their Rights

I remember a time when it was quite rare to find anyone who would admit publicly that they were an atheist.  I know they existed, but I really never met one until I went to college.

In the 1960s atheism became a center of media attention as Madelyn Murray O’Hair launched a legal campaign to get God, Bibles and prayer out of the public schools.  Even though this was occurring at the beginning of the hippie and drug cultures, most mainstream Americans were still highly religious and O’Hair was considered to be public enemy number one to many of them.

Once O’Hair opened the door, more and more atheists began to make their voices heard.  Lawsuits began springing up all over the country and continue to do so today.  It seems that their voices are being heard the loudest and influencing the courts the greatest.

But does anyone really know how much of a minority they are for getting so much of their way?

A newly released report may just give us that glimpse into just how few there were and how they are starting to increase.  The Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism was a study conducted by WIN-Gallup International.  Contained in the report are figures comparing religiosity and atheism in 2005 to 2012.  According to the report, the percentage of Americans that claimed they were religious dropped from 73% in 2005 to 60% in 2012.  On the opposite side, the percentage of Americans that identified themselves as being atheists rose from 1% in 2005 to 5% in 2012.

These figures indicate that less than 1% of the population managed to scream loud enough to start stripping away the rights of the vast majority of the American population.  The term Silent Majority could not have been more accurate, because religious Americans just sat by quietly and allowed these few individuals to walk all over them.

In the past seven years, the number of atheists increased by 500% and they have become even more active in trying to strip the majority of Americans of more of their rights.  They have formed groups like American Atheists who have been actively fighting the Ground Zero Cross.  They’ve also launched a billboard campaign across the country that ridicule people who believe in God.

Other atheist groups have joined in the legal onslaught against religion and religious people.  Groups such as Freedom From Religion Foundation and Military Religious Freedom Foundation are attacking any and all forms of religious expression in the military, public schools, government entities and any public forum.  They are attacking the National Motto, the Pledge of Allegiance, crosses on military graves and they continue to bully every public school in the country.

And as long as the Silent Majority continues to remain silent, they will allow only 5% of the population to dictate to the majority and strip them of every one of their religious rights until there aren’t any left.


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  • Kris King

    Utter crap ... atheists aren't stripping anyone of their rights, just their undeserved privilege. You can believe what you want, worship how you want, pray when you want - you just don't get to force the rest of us to go along with it or pay for it. Don't confuse an attack on your faith with not getting your own way all the time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/smichaelwilson Scott Wilson

      Let's not forget the sad assumption that it is only the filthy Atheists fighting to uphold the Separation of Church and State, and not millions of other Americans who also have a problem with our government showcasing the Christian belief system above all others in a country that used to pride itself on its diversity.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P7WNMPMIMNBCY6GVQKWD2DP7AI IDConservative

      Tell you what, whan they ban a person from speaking at graduation ceremony, prayer before a game, etc... THAT IS STRIPPING AWAY RIGHTS. Removal of Tem Comandment monument from City Park where I and my children can be reminded of right/wrong, THAT IS STRIPPING AWAY MY RIGHTS.

      • Brian Westley

        "Removal of Tem Comandment monument from City Park where I and my children can be reminded of right/wrong, THAT IS STRIPPING AWAY MY RIGHTS."

        Does every religious view get to have a monument in that city park? If not, sure looks like undeserved privilege to me.

        • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

          If that monument was paid for by my tax dollars, it was wrong. and unless we allow ALL points of view in that same park (including atheists), then its selective privilege.

        • DCW16

          Wrong . . . the USA was created over 200 years ago . . . the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Philosophy behind the nation was an obvious Judao-Christian Philosophy . . . what you or your friends "Believe" today is inconsequential . . . all of what America has stood for and accomplished in the last 200 years is due to this Philosophy. If you wish to change the history books or the Constitution . . . have a revolution . . . or move to a country like Cuba, N. Korea or China . . . . where atheism is the STATE RELIGION ! ! !

      • Pastafarian

        no, those things are all illegal under the first amendment.

        There are plenty of places you can preach, pray, and display your religious idols and decorations. Just not on Government owned property. You can still pray for your team to win before the big game - just don't involve the whole crowd. Your rights are still intact.

      • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

        I agree with you on this point. There are CompleteJerk atheists just like there are CompleteJerk Religionists... you can see that right here in this thread. Silencing someone who holds religious views is just plain UnAmerican. PERIOD.

        If you have any question about this, I would refer you to the 1st amendment.

      • Al

        If you need a monument in a park to remind you what is right and wrong then you truly have a problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jim.d.rowe Jim D Rowe

      You need a haircut - AND a brain transplant!

  • Screeminmeeme

    If atheists had their way, there would be NO free exercise of religion whatever. Their need to eradicate any reference to God and Christ has become obsessive.

    The reason that Christ-honoring holidays are celebrated and images of the cross and other Christian symbols are so ubiquitous, with even Biblical passages having been inscribed on public buildings and monuments, is that our country was founded on the Judeo/Christian ethic. So, Christianity and the founding of our Nation are indissolubly linked.

    Now, the godless want to redact history and pretend otherwise. And they'll go to whatever lengths possible to extinguish any hint of Christianity.

    That ambition is only exceeded by their intolerance.

    • FLgeezer

      >So, Christianity and the founding of our Nation are indissolubly linked.

      For once you've gotten something right Screamer. But the irony is that a disproportionally large percentage of those who wish to dissolve the link are "Judeo" lawyers. Sad, very sad!

      http://www.humanevents.com/2012/05/29/how-bill-kristol-purged-the-arabists/

      http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/news/opinion-a-analysis/item/1904-peace-is-war-how-israel-induces-america-into-war-with-iran

    • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

      You would label me an Atheist... and thats not at all what I want... its not what Anyone that I know wants.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

        Then why does your user name have atheist in it? It would seem if what you say is true, then you don't know what you want.

    • Chris

      The true need is to remove people like Todd Akin from determining public policy. As long as people are voting idiots like that into power, it is important to continue improving the education of the kids. Part of that education is learning that the civilized world is not run by a magical sky man.

  • herbork

    Kris, you have no way of determining if religious privileges are undeserved because you are god-dumb in the same way many are tone-deaf or color-blind. You have no proof there isn't a God, just as I have none there is. Agnosticism is sane, but when you write, sir, I hear a barely-banked hysteria. I hear post-human politics, brother. I hear fascism.

    The idea that it is even possible to efface every trace of Christianity from a 2,000 year old Judeo-Christian culture is so preposterous that the mere ambition signals a deeper agenda. Bottom line: Nobody tries to take away your God in order to be nicer to you later.

    • metheoldsarge

      Religious Privileges? What country are you talking about? In this country, the right to practice religion of your choice, in your own way, is a “RIGHT” guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Constitution.

  • Equinaimous

    The mischaracterization of atheism in the article and the comments demonstrates a real unwillingness to engage with the topic rationaly or fairly.

    What religious rights are being stripped by the vocal atheist minority? That would havmade a much more interesting read.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P7WNMPMIMNBCY6GVQKWD2DP7AI IDConservative

      Fool!

      • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

        Fascist

  • Pastafarian

    Fully one-in-four adults under age 30
    (25%) are unaffiliated, describing their religion as "atheist,"
    "agnostic" or "nothing in particular."

    • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

      the newest polls show it higher than that.

    • DCW16

      Unaffiliated does not mean atheist . . . there are probably 15% nothing in particular, 7% agnostic and 3% atheist . . .
      After all atheism requires much more "belief" than the other two categories . . . .

  • doug63

    I am an atheist...My message to the vocal atheists is SHUT UP. Leave the Christians alone. They are good people. If they want to put a crucifix everywhere it does not bother me.

    • Pastafarian

      That it is a violation of the second commandment and if it's on government property - the first amendment.also.

      • biggles

        Well, Pastafaria, you have the right to freedom of speech. But like so many who are quick to exercise this priviledge, you are sadly uninformed
        Violation of the second commandment? How so? The Second Commandment says:
        "You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I The Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love Me and keep My Commandments." (Exodus 20:4-6 RSV)
        The Crucifix is not a graven image, nor is it used to represent God. Rather, it serves to remind us that Jesus Christ, a carpenter, was a Son of God. Does this mean literally The Son of God? I don't know, but since we are all sons and daughters of God, does't it make sense to be reminded that Jesus was truly a Champion of the Lord, and that he worked tirelessly to establish a solid foundation of humanity and caring in what then was a tumultuous world presided over by a race that encouraged ritual killingin the amphitheatres of the Roman Empire?
        And it appears that Christ honoured both his earthly mother and father, and his Heavenly Father. So, now weare faced with a mere 5% of the population attempting to undermine and destroy our Nation's religion, the religion on which this country established its values, on which America was built.
        Which brings us to the First Amendment
        Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
        I will say only this, for all else should be self-evident: there is no law that allows for atheists to prevent the free exercize of religion. The Second Amendment clearly states that (see above).
        Finally, Augustine of Hippo writes that turning the other cheek is a spiritual position, not a physical action. He advocates defense of oneself and loved ones. I suspect the day is not to far away when Christians will again take up the sword against those who would destroy the Judeo-Christian church.

        • Pastafarian

          Isn't it a trinity of Father, Son, Holy Ghost? I assumed that all three fit together. A likeness of the son - that is in heaven above.

          You can freely exercise your religion. you can even do it in public or in government places (privately). I'm sure plenty of people pray in the courtroom. But once you display the 10 commandments, you had better allow me to put up my 8 next to yours. Once you put up a nativity scene, you had better allow me to put up my holiday decorations next to it. (my holiday is coincidentally on Dec. 25th)

        • Evermyrtle

          To worship as we please is a right that GOD gave us, but there are so many people who think they are GOD and have a right to tell others who to worship and how to worship. They sometimes can get very vicious and mean about how others choose to worship.The only thing I know to do about that is to ignore them, unless they tread on our ground, then we must act but according to GOD'S will, after we go to HIM in prayer and talk about it to HIM

          If we take the time to study HIS WORD we get excellent rules to follow in our relationship with HIM.

      • mudguy1

        What do care about the second commandment anyway.You don't believe there is a God. What religion is a crucifix? All the second amendment is that there will be no state religion. Since you do not know the difference between Christianity and religion you have no idea what you are talking about. You need to listen to what doug63 said in the first comment.

    • drmdellis

      Thank you for your wise comments. Please know that even though you deny God He loves you no less. I am sure that through serious reasoning that you have come to your decision. I pray that you will continue to look with a seeking heart. If you are right we are both OK. If I am right then you are in serious trouble for eternity. May God's love arrest your heart my friend.

    • Michael Rowley

      Doug63
      I'm a Christain which seems crazy to non-believers. I've always wondered how anyone can be harmed by anyone else's belief or non-belief system and like you think everyone should be happy with own faith (I think antiestablishment have faith there is no God) and leave others alone. I can understand not wanting a religious sales pitch. I've always hated the doorbell or knock pushing Jehovah Witness garbage at me. I can shut my door or walk away without taking time to demean them. Thanks for your stand which essentially is how I feel.
      Great day.

    • Evermyrtle

      I am a Christian and I appreciate your attitude but I do not handle crucifixes.That is only the Catholic church and as far as I know the only one who uses them. The rest of us do not believe in them, though we honor their right to have them, if that is what they want, it is not our business.

    • CMY

      You are a rare person...Thank you for your support!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

      I am atheist, and a few years ago I was a "live and let live" kind of person like you. After reading Sam Harris "End Of Faith" I reconsidered. I now feel it is my duty to the human race to point out ridiculous ideas whenever I encounter them. Religion is a cancer, and the cure is free, rational thinking. As more powerful weapons become more available to smaller minorities, if we don't get a grip on this nonsense, the end could arrive quite soon.

  • Liberty Rock

    ATHIEST, MUSLIMS NON-BELIEVERS OF GOD SHOULD BE KICKED OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. TIME TO GET THE GOD HATERS OUT OF OUR COUNTRY FOREVER.
    TIME TO PUT GOD IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, COURTS, GOVERNENT TO BRING BACK THE MORALITY PRINCIPLES THAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT.
    OUR FOUNDERS GAVE US FREEDO GIVEN TO US BY GOD.
    OUR COUNTRY CANT SURVIVE WITHOUT GOD THAT MADE OUR COUNTRY GREAT PASS ON TO OUR FOUNDERS THAT WROTE THE US CONSTITUTION. WE THE PEOPLE ARE A CHRISTIAN NATION UNDER GOD.

    • TLS4

      Still a lot of Fairy tales non believable myths, Ghosts, ET's, Santa coming down you chimmy. Psychics etc...

    • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

      you sit there filled with hate and question my moral values. I would put my behavior against yours any day... you sit there judging me while displaying frothing at the mouthed hatred of your fellow man. You represent most everything that is wrong with people in America.

      I have every very right to be in America. I was born here. I'm an American. It's unfortunate that I have to tolerate people like you... but I do... we have been tolerating Fascists for a long time... and it wont end soon.

      You may now consume colonic material and cease all metabolic function.
      TAL.

    • A Christian Libertarian

      I'm a Christian, but definitely cannot go along with anyone who advocates some sort of religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing. Those solutions never work, and that is why the Muslim Sharia Law must never be recognized in this country, as they come very close to that type of thinking.
      There is more than enough room for any (legal) person to be in this country. As long as there is a believing remnant in this nation that has turned to YHVH in their own hearts, His providence, blessing, and protection will be on this land, and that general blessing extends to all.

    • http://twitter.com/limapalooza lima

      Go back to school

  • muf69

    I wish that the atheist would get the seperation of church and state correct. The founding fathers understood that selecting one church to represent the sountry would be wrong. They choose to guarantee that all religions would be allowed. No where did they say that the government would not allow religion to be involved. They believed strongly in the importance of religion shaping our new country, what the atheist want is to attack any issue dealing with religion. They pick and choose their battles in order to destroy and change society to their beliefs.
    It is time that We the People of the United States of America stand as a majority and stop this. The atheist are stripping our way of life. We need to put Christ back in Christmas, Easter and that we give thanks to God at Thanksgiving and not some turkey in Washington D.C.

    • drmdellis

      Thank you for your comments. It is never mentioned that Thomas Jefferson famous words, that are used for this twisted view, was said in a Baptist Church where he was assuring them that there would never be a situation like in England and Europe of "Church States" forced on people of faith.

    • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

      Unfortunately, there is as much to contradict your assertion as there is to support it. John Adams said to Thomas Jefferson,
      "This would be the best of all possible Worlds, if
      there were no Religion in it."

      To extend your argument, the words "In God We Trust" on our money clearly establishes Monotheism over Polytheism. and thus 'Establishes" one religion over another.

      I understand your view of the establishment clause, but I don't think you have thought it all the way through. its hard to maintain complete objectivity... we're human after all... but there is another point of view held by as many as hold your point of view. Simply declaring your view as the correct one and all others false is not the best way to get your point across.

      • muf69

        I assume that by your title that you believe that when the United States was created with it's constitution with those contridiction being valid. Not until the liberial society of the sixties sprang forth did such a small group of like minded people try and force their beliefs on a nation founded with principles that would prohibit your way of life. You wish fior a totally free religous society that you can have by packing up and moving to several countries.
        The contridictions of religion being a major source in the founding of and our constitution is undisputable. To many supposedly educated people in our university system have made an attempt to establish it as fact and whis to ignore history. They are trying to rewrite it using todays standards and language rather then accepting the way it was written and ment to be.
        If this seems insulting to you then think about this. You could be living in a country where religion controls all government and dictates your daily life, with death as a punishmenty for thinking outside the box. Or you could live in a society started from day one with no religous involement, no religous basis for its legal system or no religous moral conduct. It would be total barbarinism at its best.
        Have a nice day and may God bless you and keep you safe.
        God bless America.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

        “I am sure that never was a people, who had more
        reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than
        those of the United States; and I
        should be pained to believe that they
        have forgotten that agency, which was so often manifested during our
        Revolution, or that they failed to consider the omnipotence of that God
        who is alone able to protect them.”

        George Washington

        It would seem atheist, that you must cheery pick the founding fathers quotes in order to find one that supports your position.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

        "but there is another point of view held by as many as hold your point of view."

        5% of the population? Lie much or does lying run in your family?

      • DCW16

        The reality is . . . since the atheist cannot prove there is no God . . . he has to "Believe" this is so . . . therefore the atheist is a very Religious person . . .
        If the athiest wants to live among like-minded folks . . . why not move to Cuba, N. Korea or China . . . where atheism is the state religion?

        • Al

          Since you cannot prove there is no Flying Spaghetti Monster, your logic dictates that we must all worship him. Are you ready?

          If atheism is a belief then not playing golf is a sport..

          Why don't Christians leave? Then they could all be happy together and we could finally have rationality in our society.

        • DCW16

          Just provide the "PROOF" Al . . . if you can't do that . . . what to do?   Well you could just "Believe" . . . 
           the reality is Christians built this great nation . . . Atheists built the Soviet Union and Red China . . . so by the accident of birth you wound up in the Wrong Country . . . 

      • Jay

        "Simply declaring your view as the correct one and all others false is not the best way to get your point across."

        Are you declaring this statement to be a correct statement and all others are false? Can you see by your own hypocrisy that you invalidate your own claim?

        Truth is not established by a point of view. Truth is absolute but not everyone is willing to view the truth in the same light. Lets hope your shortsightedness is not permanent.

      • Ray Trainer

        If you are going to quote Adams don't do it out of context.
        This is what was written.
        "Reading, have I been upon the point of breaking out, .This would be the best of all possible Worlds, if there were no Religion in it.. ! ! ! But in this exclamati[on] I should have been as fanatical as Bryant or Cleverly. Without Religion this World would be Something not fit to be mentioned in polite Company, I mean Hell".

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.miller.37604 Jerry Miller

    To any Atheist I'd say, May God Bless You..

    • exshuttleguy

      Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God

    • Beachbum

      And to you I would say: Abracadabra ... and thanks I guess.

  • drmdellis

    For those of you who still believe the Bible is still relevant for today's world may I suggest Romans 1. Paul taught that God is revealed through man's consicience, through creation, so clearly that even the Godhead is revealed. He says that all are without an excuse. Basically he is saying that anyone who says he or she does not believe in a God is a liar. Ask an atheist to describe the God he/she does not believe in and you will probably will agree. I have never heard one who describes the God of the Bible which loves us and gave His life that we might purchased from eternal death.

  • chvietvet

    The First Amendment states that all Americans have the right to choose their own religion and freely practice it. That means they have a right to pray on the street or in public buildings, hold services wherever they buy or lease a building, speak freely about their beliefs on moral issues, have a cross or star of David marking their graves, and post symbols of their religion in prominent places and on monuments. Many prominent world leaders of the 20th century have violently opposed this freedom in their own countries, and American atheists have been emulating their activities to eradicate religion. Stalin held parades in Russia with people dressed in religious robes making a mockery of Russian Orthodox services. He then arrested all of the priests and members of monastic orders to have them executed or die a slow death in Siberian labor camps. Chairman Mao banned religion and murdered as many practicing Christians as he could find. He exterminated the monks in many very large Buddhist monestaries in Tibet and other parts of China. Hitler set out to wipe out Judaism world-wide by killing every Jew he could find. However, he held an even greater number of Christians in his concentration camps just prior to World War II for opposing his program to brainwash the German youth. Alfred Rosenberg, who was executed for war crimes after his trial at Nüremberg, proposed eradicating Christianity in Germany altogether and replacing it with the rituals to the Nordic gods that had been worshipped in ancient times. Hitler only opposed this because he wanted to win the war first, and starting a civil war at home would have hurt the war effort. Atheists certainly have some outstanding role models for creating a violent and depraved world without ethics or morality. Since they control the news and entertainment media in the United States, they certainly have the potential to make the United States into a new Soviet Union or Third Reich. Totalitarianism is where atheism always leads.

    • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

      You are absolutely correct. it also means that Atheists have the right to put up billboards. kinda a double edge sword eh?

      How would you feel if it was Minarets on every hillside instead of crosses? if it was madrases instead of churches on every street corner... would you feel the same about 'Religious Freedom"? If the answer is yes, then congratulations... but I bet its not, based on your denial of Atheist's rights to talk about their beliefs in the same way as you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

        Would You?

      • Ray Trainer

        No mainstream Christian has ever opposed or attempted to stop Athiests from practicing anything. The only time Christians ever protested against "Minarets" was at ground zero and can you blame them. That would be like putting a statue of Hitler at Dachau. This has been mostly a one sided battle since the 60s stealing the rights of the majority. I am sure that the same holds true on both sides. Mainstream Athiest couldn't care less what Christians believe but the wackos on both side make it what it is and creating laws to appease these the worst of our society is just wrong.

      • muf69

        If every corner had a mineret on it this would be a non issue. There would be no religous freedom. Our government would be ruled by religous clerics. We would achieve very little. Only when you have the freedoms that we have guaranteed by are Constitution do we progress forward as a nation. What the atheist need to understand is that We the People are tierd of being forced to hide our beliefs because of theirs.
        If you choose to believe in something or not is your choice. But it is not your right to stop my beliefs and make people not display them. Wishing someone a MerryChristmas is not offensive.Please allow us to be open and free to express what we believe just as you wish to.
        May God bless you and keep you safe.
        God Bless America.

    • Chris

      Funny how your rant left out the crusades and the inquisition. Monotheism is the original totalitarianism and god is its dictator. Submit or burn in hell, certainly nothing depraved about that.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    It would be more accurate to say that it is the 2% represented by the Ashkenazi Communist Lawyer's Union (ACLU) which is "stripping the majority of its rights..."

    Those sad and stupid "atheists" are just the "Front Men" prescribed by the Protocols of the Elders of Zion...

    • http://www.facebook.com/jim.d.rowe Jim D Rowe

      re; ACLU = All Crimminals Living United

    • metheoldsarge

      The lawyers of the ACLU are not in it to be the great champions of the rights of the people. They couldn't care less one way or the other. The $ is their religious symbol. Nothing more, nothing less. They're in it for the money.

  • http://theatheistlibertarian.com/ The Atheist Libertarian

    wow 5%? Every objective poll shows that is nearly 30% and growing. 5%?

    I abhor loudmouth atheists about as much as I abhor anyone screaming their beliefs at the top of their lungs... but at least we could tell the truth. I could care less where you put a couple symbols of your religious beliefs.

    With all candor, The guys behind these billboards are trying to do what religionists do (try to convert everyone they see)... and I don't get it. convert to an atheist view? why would any atheist care?

    They all annoy me, and I resent the fact that these guys are constantly harassing people with religious beliefs.. they know it, and do it intentionally. that makes THEM the jerks ... not religionists...

    Please don't count me among them,
    TAL.

    • DCW16

      The reality is atheism is a religion . . . since you can't prove there is no God . . . you have to "believe" . . . .belief is a religious experience . . .

      • Al1

        Please prove the gods that you don't believe in don't exist. If you don't believe in Zeus does that mean you have a religious experience about Zeus? What about the FSM?

        Alter all, you're almost an atheist. You only believe in one more god than I do.

      • Chris

        Belief is a spiritual experience. Religion is the highjacking of spirituality.

  • Gman

    Just another one of the groups in America that try to use the Constitution against the Constitution. The problem is these liberal, muslim and anti-American judges, that don't give a crap about the Constitution they are suppose to uphold and protect, give these groups the time of day in their courts so they can go down in history as one of these brain dead judges that brought down America.

  • Freddie

    Question: When atheist are getting it on HOT and HEAVY, do they scream out
    Oh God!,Oh God!,Oh God!, or do they prefer Oh ?, Oh ?,Oh ?. Just saying...

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ed-Scott/100002103340101 Ed Scott

      It must be confusing for them.

  • ltbl123

    No one can strip you of your rights unless you allow them to do it. The Constitution the supreme law of the land protects your rights and unless it is ammended those rights stand regardless of the imagination of any branch of government. They are established by law not opinion.

  • deeme

    We don’t usually think of history as being shaped by silence, but, as English
    philosopher Edmund Burke said, ‘The only thing necessary for
    the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing.
    Maybe we will find an end to political correctness and start having the fights we are ready have..Start making the hard choices like Ryan and Walker have to take back our "God" Given rights..When one person changes it for ten, someone didn't stand up like he should of for what he knew was right..And standing for nothing is falling for everything..This whole Winter Festival has got to end..bring back our patriotism and our founding princilple and Christmas..if you don't like it there's a whole bunch of place you can live where others make decisions for you..We don't want America to be one of those places..The Jewish Menorah doesn't offend me and they tell me crosses don't offend them..Why did we so easily let them remove our bibles, ten commandments, and nativity scenes..and right to say blessings ?? I miss that country that prayed before football games..

  • joe6pack

    I still find it funny that none of these atheistic pussies bother the Muslims. Cowards!

    • StanW

      Afternoon, 6.

      That easy. Atheists attack Christians because Christian will pray for their souls. They do not attack Muslims, because Muslims will kill them and their families.

      In other words, atheists are COWARDS!

      • 1LonesomeDove1

        Some atheists are cowards. Some don't really care as much as bud here does. They haven't lost their minds yet.

    • 1LonesomeDove1

      I think you answered your own question.

  • Amigo

    God
    says The Atheist is a Fool.

    The
    Wisdom in God's Word states that it is Folly for a person who Answers a Matter
    Before he has heard all Facts of the Matter. (Proverbs 18:13) In short, God
    says he is a Fool. Any wise Lawyer would Not risk his reputation in court (as a
    Fool) by Not investigating All of the Facts in a Legal Matter. He would want to
    be prepared for uncertain rulings that would depend on the court's acceptance
    or rejection of evidence presented.

    The
    Bible teaches that the man who Cannot Reason is a Fool; the man who Refuses to
    Reason is a Bigot; the man who is Afraid to Reason is a Slave. The Fool wishes
    he could Reason, but cannot, he has No Moral Compass; the Bigot is able to
    Reason, but Refuses to Accept Correction, he is Prideful, (don't confuse me
    with facts, my mind is made up); the Slave is able to Reason, but he is Fearful
    of what people will say about him,

    (don't make waves, let's go along to get along, Strive for Majority's acceptance).
    But the Willing Man has every good opportunity available by his Ability and
    Willingness to Reason.

    The God
    of the Bible is a God of Reason.

    God's Word says, "Come now, let us Reason together, says the Lord, though
    your sins be as Scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be Red like
    crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are (key words) Willing and

    Obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you shall
    be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it."
    (Isaiah 1:18-20) God speaks to the Fools when He says “My people are

    destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6) "The Fool has said in his
    heart, "There is No God." (Psa 14:1;53:1)

    “For
    the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish Foolishness; But we
    preachChrist crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks Foolishness."
    (1Corinthians 1:18, 23) The Psychiatry profession claims

    that man is a two-part being; he has an Intellect and a Body, and that the
    goodness of man lays within his inner most being. God's Word says this is Not
    correct; there is No goodness in man in his fallen state. (Romans 3:10, 23); “As
    it is written, There is none righteous, no, Not one. For ALL have sinned and
    come short of the Glory of God.”

    In Genesis.1:26,27,
    God says, "Let us make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness," That is a Three-Part
    being in the likeness of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
    Spirit. The spirit of man is the most important part of his triune creation.
    The spirit of man was created in the express image of God and is indestructible
    and will live forever in eternity. God created Adam and Eve in His Glory and they
    were spiritually joined to God and they were exceedingly blessed with His Grace
    in all things. But when Adam and Eve rebelled against God's instructions, their
    spiritual connection was severed and their fellowship with God was destroyed.
    Because of Adam's fall, man received as a consequence for his disobedience, a
    sin nature. This sin nature, referred to as "Original Sin," is an
    inborn propensity to commit evil. God is an All-Consuming Fire and He knows
    that sinful man cannot stand in His presence without being destroyed. So God sent Jesus the Savior of mankind so
    that sinful man could be forgiven and reconciled to God, whereby enabling man
    to stand before a Holy God in Right standing with Him and without being
    destroyed by His All-Consuming Fire.

    In the
    course of 4,000 years, God sent His Son Jesus, to save fallen man by becoming a
    propitiation and sacrifice for man's sin, and thereby reconciling man back to
    God. God is loving, merciful, forgiving, and just. The greatest Promise in the Bible
    is John 3:16,17; "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
    begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
    everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world;
    but that the world through Him might be saved." The greatest tragedy is
    John 3:18; "But he that believeth Not is condemned already, (the Atheist,
    Agnostic) because he has not believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of
    God."

    God in His
    love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace, satisfied his Justice and hatred for man's
    sin by providing a way for man to be reconciled to God, by placing the entire
    sins of the world, past, present, and future, upon Jesus, the Lamb of God Who
    is without sin and Who takes away the sin of the world. God takes No pleasure
    in the death of the wicked. Ezekiel 33:11 says, “As I live says the Lord God, I
    have No pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his
    way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O
    house of Israel?”

    The
    problem with man’s sin nature is quite simple. Man cannot save himself from his
    destructive sin nature, therefore God provided a Savior to deliver him from his
    evil ways. The Bible way to heaven is achieved by a simple Confession and an
    act of faith found in Romans 10: 9-13; that says, ”If you Confess with your
    Mouth the Lord Jesus and Believe in your Heart that God raised Him from the
    dead, you Will be Saved. For with the Heart one believes unto righteousness,
    and with the Mouth confession is made unto Salvation. For the scripture says
    “Whoever Believes on Him will Not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction
    between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon
    Him. For whoever calls upon the Lord (Jesus) Shall be Saved.” When a believer
    Confesses this prayer, he is making a proclamation of Identification. He is
    vicariously in agreement and personally Identifies with the death, burial, and
    resurrection of the Lord Jesus who took his sins to the cross and was raised
    from the dead in hell for the forgiveness of all his sins, enabling him to spend
    eternity with the Father in Heaven.

    The
    Atheist and Agnostic says God does not exist, yet they have Not searched for
    Him. The man who does Not search for God will generally never find Him, but the
    man who steadfastly searches for God will always find Him. God invites men to
    search for Him, and He promises to reveal Himself to all who seek to know Him.
    Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer you and show you great and
    mighty things which you do not know. ”Jeremiah 29: 11-14 says, ”For I know the
    thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and Not of
    evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and
    pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will Seek Me and Find Me, when
    you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord,
    and I will bring you back from your captivity;”

    The
    Atheist and Agnostic is without excuse. God has given sinful man a plan of
    redemption and eternal salvation. God has given us His son Jesus; He has given
    us His Holy Word; He has given us His Holy Spirit. All man has to do is Choose
    the path he wants to take for his eternal destiny. God does not send sinful man
    to hell and damnation. God has given man a free will to choose his eternal
    destiny. Sinful man sends himself to hell and damnation by default, because he
    has Not Believed on the Name of Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God. Man has to
    make this choice while he is yet alive, for he cannot choose after he
    experiences the First physical death.

    The
    Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:13-15 says, “Then I saw a great white
    throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled
    away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great,
    standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which
    is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the
    things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in
    it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were
    judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into
    the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death. And anyone Not found written in the
    Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.The Second Death is Not cessation
    of physical life, but it is the Eternal Separation of Life from Jesus, the
    eternal source of life. God’s Word is His Will, and God’s Will is His Word. The
    consciousness that we have in this mortal life will live for eternity; to be
    vividly aware of eternal glory with God or vividly aware of eternal hell and
    damnation.

    Only a
    FOOL Atheist would choose eternal hell over the simple choice of eternal Glory with
    God. John 14:6 says, Jesus said to him, “ I am The (only) Way, The (only) Truth,
    and The (only) Life. No one comes to the Father Except through Me.” The Word of
    God is Divine Truth; inspired by His Holy Spirit; it is self-evident truth, and
    it is beyond debate. The Bible was written and canonized over a period of
    approximately 1700 years by 40 different authors, who were inspired by the Holy
    Spirit of God. The Bible is all about Jesus and He is the main character in
    every book and all of the books are in harmony with Jesus as the central theme
    of man’s salvation. There is not one book that contradicts any of the other
    books.

    In the
    King James Bible there are 66 books, 1189 chapters, 31,102 verses, 773,746 words,
    and 3,566,480 letters. Now imagine taking all these books, chapters, verses,
    words, and letters, and wrapping them all over every square inch of Jesus’ body
    and then covering Him with flesh. The apostle John constantly refers to Jesus
    as the Word of God in his Gospel and in his book of Revelation. (John 1:1,14;
    Revelation 19:13,16) “And He [Jesus] was clothed with a vesture dipped in
    blood: and His Name is called the Word of God. And He [Jesus] has on His
    vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus
    is the Word of God Who became flesh and dwelt among us, (John 1:14) and
    believers are the flesh who become the Word as we study and meditate on the
    Holy Scriptures. “And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you
    Free.” (John 8:32)

    Dr. Lewis S. Chafer, Dallas
    Theological Seminary founder, sums up the Bible in 5 topical words in his
    Christian Theology. Christ is the Central Theme of Scripture, and as bearing on
    His Person, the Old Testament is 1.) classified as the Preparation for the
    Coming Christ; 2.) the Four Gospels as the Manifestation of Christ; 3.) the
    Book of Acts as the Propagation of Christ's Spirit (His Church); 4.) the
    Epistles as the Explanation of the Preparation, Manifestation, and Propagation
    of Christ; and 5.) the Book of Revelation as the Consummation

    of Christ and His Church. The Glorious Consummation of the Creator God with His
    Redeemed Creation; the Church, the Bride of Christ shall behold Him and Become
    One With Him and Eternally Joined With the Father.

    Logic dictates if the premise
    is true, the conclusion is true also. The Word of God has a truthful premise
    and ends with a true conclusion. Atheist, your name will be found in the Book
    of Life if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is
    your Lord and Savior of your life. May God grant you the wisdom to choose
    between Heaven and hell; Non-Smoking or Smoking. Amen! PTL!

    The Bible is all about Jesus. Martin
    Luther called John 3:16 "The Heart of the Bible, the Gospel in
    Miniature." It’s so simple a Child can Understand IT; Yet IT Condenses the
    Deep and Marvelous Truths of Redemption into these few Powerful Words of
    Absolute Assurance:

    "God"...................................The
    Greatest Lover

    "So
    Loved"...........................The Greatest Degree

    "The
    World"..........................The Greatest Number

    "That
    He Gave".....................The Greatest Act

    "His
    Only Begotten Son".......The Greatest Gift

    "That
    Whosoever".................The Greatest Invitation

    "Believeth"............................The
    Greatest Simplicity

    "In
    Him"................................The Greatest Person

    "Should
    Not Perish"..............The Greatest Deliverance

    "But".....................................The
    Greatest Difference

    "Have"..................................The
    Greatest Certainty

    "Everlasting
    Life...................The Greatest Possession

    John
    3:16 KJV

    • Chris

      Your fairy tale is very entertaining, but eventually you have to grow up and leave your imaginary friends behind

      When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned
      like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

  • Peacemaker 47

    This country has been the "Rule of the minority" for a long time.

  • dad666

    The real culprits today are the liberal judges who bow to the screaming whims of these morons. American tradition and desires of the majority doen't seem to mean a damn thing to these idiots we have on the bench today. They should all be replaced

  • Mys77

    This is ridiculous... no one asked me what my beliefs are according to this "survey" and we all know that accordingly to write this article they had to have a reason... so they make up a figure throw it out there as "truthful" and we are suppose to believe it???? I question those so called atheist.... it has nothing to do with believing or not believing in God... those people have personal hang ups and issues that a therapist could help with followed up with a prayer and some soul searching. They have NO impact but want you to think they are... they are fools and we all know atheist don't exist in muslim countries, or rally against any other influencial religion but select Christianity. Why??? Because it is and will always be the truth, and even atheist know it. Poor clueless people.... the most ignorant and hateful group bound together in misery. JUST WONDERING WHY THIS IS NOT CONSIDERED HATE SPEECH???? Time for a billboard of my own it would read....God can save an atheist if only they would believe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001376843072 John Williams

    The Atheists' billboard asks the viewer to " imagine no religion " . Well , if anyone wants a glimps of what it would be like , just study the French Revolution ! The Senste anointed a prostitute the goddess of reason , and offered sacrifices to her ! That's a start. !

    • Chris

      Don't forget the inquisition, crusades and slavery.

  • sebastianwoof

    "Imagine No Religion" YUP! No respect, no values, etc
    THEN people can go around shooting the Atheist Bastards who
    took religion away from them in the first place.

    • Al1

      Christianity does not have a monopoly on respect or values. It is extremely arrogant to claim that you do.

    • Chris

      Don't forget slavery, ooops, I forgot, the bible endorses slavery. Nevermind.

  • JDH

    Why is it that you never hear of athiests attacking islamic symbols or beliefs, only christian ones? Think it might be because Islam calls for the beheading of infedels and nonbelevers?

    • Screeminmeeme

      JDH.........Could be because the religion of tolerance and peace is neither.

    • Pastafarian

      They are not putting the crescent moon and star up in state parks, or putting up religious decorations in the city square during Ramadan. They are not wanting to get passages of the Qur'an posted at the county courthouse. They are not passing laws that affect medical decisions for non-Muslims. You tell me when they violate the first amendment, and I will go after them too. Otherwise, they have every right to believe in Allah and all the other (non-violent) junk that goes along with their beliefs - right here in America. Their religion is just as valid as Chrisianity, Pastafarianism or Scientology.

      • Screeminmeeme

         Pastafarian.........They will.  And if they gain ascendancy in America, you and all your atheist buddies will be forced to bow to allah or be beheaded.  They've done it for 13 centuries and continue to do so through out the world today.

        The images of Christianity are evident throughout America because we were founded on Judeo/Christian principles.  In spite of the number of crosses or nativity scenes or Bible verse you see  around you, no Christian is trying to force you to become a Christian...nor is threatening to lop off your head. No Christian forces you to stand and listen to a sermon....or beats you over the head with a Bible. Any Christian who might act that way is dead wrong and disobedient to the Word of God. 

        My problem with atheists is their incessant need to whine and control.  How's about accepting the fact that America's founding and Christianity are forever indissolubly linked?  And that that fact is reflected in American monuments and official buildings and even in the conduct of the 3 branches of government.

         Why not Live And Let Live? Why not you just mind your own business...and I''ll mind mine?  I have no issue with anyone being an atheist. That's between them and their conscience.  While I've had countless debates....some formal...with atheists....I have no personal animosity toward them...nor do I believe them to be immoral degenerates.  And...here it comes....I have several atheist friends who I would trust with my life and who lead commendable upright lives which would put some Christians to shame. 

        BTW. Islam's claims are NOT as valid as Christianity...and they are polar opposites.

        • Pastafarian

          Look,  I have Christian friends also.   I have family that are very religious.  I am not attacking your religion.  Believe what you want - live and let live.    Keep it out of my government, and we are all good.

          I am not saying Islam's claims are valid.  I also do not believe that Xenu and his volcano ghosts are a valid claim.  What I am saying is they are valid religions in the United States that have equal weight with Christianity by law.   Praise FSM!

      • Screeminmeeme

         Pastafarian.........I'm responding here because after your last post there is no way to reply. Something is happening with my disqus or something.

        About Islam: It is NOT a ''valid'' religion.

        Unfortunately, it is considered a religion in our country..and a benign one, at that. But this is a total deception as it is NOT a religion but a totalitarian fascistic system camouflaged in the dress and rhetoric of religion...and its seeking to supplant our government...as is what it does throughout the world.

        Therefore, I do not think it has any claim on the first amendment.

    • Chris

      We don't need to attack the muslims, the christians are doing that for us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hiram.holiday Hiram Holiday

    One thing missed in all this is the first amendment says there "...shall be no law..." If there is no law what basis are the courts deciding on?

  • Beachbum

    I love it. The posting of a factually vacuous blog like this means the billboards are having an effect.

    In the first place, The Bill of Rights, that's the first 10 amendments for you Constitutional fundamentalists, were written and ratified to prevent majority rule, mob rule as the Anti-federalists saw it. The first of these prevents the government from validating (establishing) any religious claims (the dogma) making it a secular (in opposition to any religion's claims to authority) document. So, regardless of the religiose wishes expressed herein, the minority is protected by the Bill of Rights of our Constitution. This is irrespective of your so called silence of the this majority with its own political party; TV channels; thousands of temples, churches, etc.; the majority of any books in any bookstore; and on, and on.

    Second, expressing our views and presenting the evidence is protected by the same 1st Amendment. Enforcing the First Amendment does not infringe on the rights of the religiose. Quite to the contrary of the sentiments expressed in this blog, it prevents the dominance of one religion over the others. That I prefer that the populace will one day critical assess the claims of priests, who Thomas Jefferson said were always in league with the despot and taking the power of self governance away from the people, and thereby see that these priests use superstitious propaganda to motivate politically detached people through fear, bigotry, and anti-intellectualism to support their own power base and the power of other oligarchies who support theistic authoritarianism, i.e. Republicans, Corporations, etc. and thereafter reject it, is a dream of mine that frees people from pseudo-pious tyrants. My dream, and I am sure it is a dream of many, would free you from the actual tyrants who want to infringe on your civil rights, or at least the civil rights of those you would repress under your chosen dogma.

    And lastly, the monotheisms (that includes all three Abrahamic religions, i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, for theistic scholars among us), and their respective texts are evidence of the evolution of ideas. They started out as various polytheisms whose texts were plagiarized from such as the Ugaritic Texts of 1400 BCE, the Enuma Elish, etc. etc.; then these texts were re-written, over and over, to suit the political ambitions of the rules of the time (see Deuteronomy, King Josiah and his priest Hilkiah - for starters then the various Jesus characters of the Gospels and Epistles). So, quoting scripture is worthless as that collection of books is nothing but mythology redacted for use as political propaganda to motivate the ignorant and illiterate of the world into hating all the same people the tyrants of the time hated or merely wanted to overthrow for their own ambitions (See: Eusebius and his creation of Christian history for Constantine I and then used by Theodosius I to convert the masses by force.).

    Therefore, your rights are not infringed upon, and contrary to your emotional tirade, we atheists are actually attempting to free you from the factually vacuous propaganda of the religiose which has you voting and acting against your own interests, the interests of your offspring, and the world at large. The only way you can be your own man, or woman, is to critically assess the evidence (and this doesn't mean the old clichés of the religiose in lieu of actual scientifically based knowledge). Educate yourself, think for yourself and when the evidence is not contradicted by your emotional attachments you are on your way to actual knowledge. Faith is the denial of evidence to preserve beliefs, and it is like a drug-- very bad.

    And welcome to reality.

    • Screeminmeeme

      Beachbum....And we hear, once again, from another imperious, bombastic atheist who imagines himself the repository of all knowledge and truth.

      Thank you for condescending to those of us of lesser degree. We are ever in your debt.

      Do tell.....how are you able to stay upright while balancing that massive brain?

      • Al

        Simply crossing your arms, stamping your feet and saying 'Is not!' only works with other theists. What he said is the truth, even if you don't like it.

        • Screeminmeeme

          Al......Oh, hogwash. I've heard this garbage spoken in the same condescending tone a thousand times from other sneering godless men. Full of opinion and wishful thinking and nothing more.

          Beachbum's long-winded, mythical trek into church history was absolute rubbish and his claims about the Bible, blatant lies. Those paragraphs were rife with error and the criticism of those who believe in God were a violation of the his own relativist's worldview.

          As I've said many times: atheists are the biggest whiners around...broadly intolerant ...without any understanding of the concept of Live And Let Live. The have an obsessive need to control.

          Any intelligent discussion of Christianity is pointless and I'm certain, unwanted.

          Beachbum hasn't a clue about Christianity.....nor do you.
          And.... Bloviating only works with atheists.

      • chris

        Evolution

  • unclejohnson

    It's just an observation. Athiests seem to have difficulty with the concept of unconditional love, sacrifice, giving and forgiveness. Is it guilt that motivates their disdain for God? Is is something they lack in character? Where they betrayed by something that now festers inside of them and makes them angry. Like a teen scolded for bad behavior they run off and fight against that which can make them whole. I struggle with my Christian faith. It's not a constant high. It takes effort. Regarding Islam, I don't view it as a religion. I view it as a culture and as such not entitled to constitutional protections.

    • Al

      Atheists are burdened by the ability to think logically. Since there is no proof whatsoever that things such as gods exist, we are understandably cautious about declaring our loyalty to an imaginary creature, much as we would not give unconditional love to Micky Mouse. Rather than being something to brag about, you should be embarrassed that you believe in such nonsense.

      • unclejohnson

        As expected you are miopic. The unconditional love I speak of is God's love. Not yours. I think you actually proved my point. You do have issues with unconditional love. I'll pray for you to gain wisdom.
        Best regards,

        John W. DeMayo

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        If you were a Logical Thinker, you would believe in God.
        That proves that you are being totally illogical.
        Stop being a fool and open your eyes

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

           "If you were a Logical Thinker, you would believe in God." You just made that up all by yourself didn't you. You should avoid using words like "logical" and "thinker" until you have a better understanding of their meaning. Look at the statistics for religiosity against IQ. That is what I call evidence - for the clear fact that you are all loonies.

    • Beachbum

      I know you may not see it this way, but I think you just contradicted yourself; and, at the same time, evinced one of the best arguments for atheism.

      You seem to think atheists have difficulty with unconditional love. Aside from the fact that nothing could be further from the truth. Atheists have religious family and friends that we love, also our attempts to help you to get out from under factually false dictates of primitive dogma is not because we hate you, quite the contrary. But, you deny the beliefs of Muslims and thereby degrade them to something less than you; this is you having difficulty with unconditional love, period. It is also the cause of most of the atrocities witnessed throughout human history. So, thanks for also showing why the 1st Amendment is vital to peace in the US of A.

      One more point: You assume the existence of a deity I, and other atheists, see no evidence of. One cannot hate or fear that which does not exist in evidence, in reality. This is your cognitive dissonance preventing you from seeing this matter from our point of view. Atheists are unaffected by your claims, and your claimed deity, because you present no evidence substantiating your claims nor your deity. So, if their is a deficiency of character to be discussed, I am afraid it is yours. My mother taught me that if someone makes claims without evidence I am to assume they make a habit of spreading rumors, falsehoods. Think about it.

      • unclejohnson

        The unconditional love I refer to is God's love, not your mother's or your families love. So perhaps it is you that proved my point?
        Degrade Muslims? Hmmm. No. Actually I have simply said that Islam is a culture not a religion. Therefore I don't recognize it's entitlement to constitutional protections. If you wish, I can present strong evidence of my point that Islam is a culture masqerading as a religion. You may consider scientology a religion as well. Perhaps you should take a long look at history before you condemn a philosophical point of view. By the way, if Islam takes over and it may mark my words, you will be forced to believe in their God under penalty of death or enslavement. Your first amendment protections mean nothing to them. My faith in God or as you put it a diety is based on something you ignore. The abscence of proof is not the proof of abscence.
        Best regards,

        John W. DeMayo

  • DrBarbara

    Questions to any atheist: Why is it only Christianity that you are against? Why not Islam? Why not paganism? Why not Voodoo? Why is it only Jesus and the Cross of Calvary that you have a problem with? I'm really not trying to be contentious--I would really like to know the answer. And yes, for the record, I am a Blood-bought, born-again, Holy Spirit-filled believer in and follower of the God of the Universe. But no atheist has yet to answer my questions. Anyone?

    • Al

      Because Christians are the ones who are trying to shove their religion down our throats. I have questions that no Christian has ever answered. Why is public display of your faith so important? Is your god so deaf that he can only hear you when you shout as a group? Why do you need to put crosses everywhere? Are you afraid your god will get pissed of if you don't? Why is public prayer in school so critical? Does GOD not hear you when you pray silently? it all boils down to the fact that you want YOUR religion publicly recognized in order to bolster your faith. If it were as strong as you say it is then you would not need ANY public acknowledgment and we could all go about our business without the constant reminder that some Americans are still so ignorant they believe in magical, invisible spirits.

      • darkcyder

        Public display of faith is NOT important. It is just a shared likeness, like public display of football scores, etc. Believe me if you felt Gods love as many Christians do, you might want to shout it from the trees. It seems many atheists want to shout their NONBELIEF from the trees, so you should not find that so confusing. Atheists are even putting up billboards now. I find that odd, since I don't put up a fuss about the things I don't think exist.

        Personally, my faith is a private one. I don't like displaying anything (crosses, bumper stickers, etc.) because I fear that I'll do something stupid, and somebody will blame it on my faith in God, thus giving them another reason not to have faith in Him. I had a lady with a Jesus bumper sticker flip me the bird the other day. And I've done that myself as well in moments of passion and stupidity.

        Jesus himself in the Bible makes fun of the Pharisees becasue they like to shout their prayers for everybody to hear, and wear their robes declaring their holiness, and he calls them hypocrites for doing so. They shout the faith, but show little of it in their true actions that reflect their hearts. I think you'd like Jesus if you met him, or read about him, he was a true revolutionary. Guess that's why they killed him.

        As for crosses, I don't share the beliefs of many that they should be prominently displayed, though I like them, and don't complain. However, God made it clear that man was not to have any "graven images" to represent him, and I sometimes fear that a cross is just that. It is a man-made thing to represent a God that says he cannot and should not be represented by symbols or signs.

        I would prefer to live my life by God's written code (the Bible) since it truly is a manual for life rather than the alternative. And if at the end of my life, I were to discover that I was wrong, then I would have spent a great life following God's guidance for a truly happy and fulfilled life. If at the end I lived the other way and I found out I was wrong, well- there's an old saying that eternity is an awful long time to be wrong.

        I'm not saying that I do this just to play it safe. A life in God's guidance it truly happy and rewarding, and I would not have it any other way. I believe he made me, and he knows best about the things that will give me the best life. So, I read his book and try to follow it. I'm not what you would call religious, because I don't believe in many of the things that religions try to push on us. But I do have faith.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        Why are you so upset at anything you can allude to my God.
        Go pick on a muslim, they pray 5 times a day, they want special treatment, laws, food, ETC. for their god.
        Go and pick on muslims first Then come back and pick on Christians.

    • Beachbum

      Sorry, but, if you think it is only the claims of Christians we atheist are against, you are not paying attention. When I write theist, I mean anyone who believes in any deity. When I write religion, I mean any religion. The Abrahamic faiths, i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all have the same god generally; though, it has been my experience that everyone imagines a deity in their own image and it likes, hates and tolerates all the same things each individual does.

      Only, expressing my view that Islam worships a pedophile prophet is no more germane to this blog than showing that Judaism started as a polytheism (El, El Elyon, Ba'al, Yahweh, Asherah and family.) until the Yahwists turned a peaceful inclusive multicultural faith in many gods (separation of powers) into the tyrannical belief that only the War God, Yahweh Sabaoth, and his Hosts (heavenly warriors) was the only true God, a sky tyrant backing the ambitions of Jewish Kings.

      In this case it is Christians doing the complaining.

      • darkcyder

        That's a truly warped sense of history.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        Man, you really have it twisted.
        Go back and study religions and get it right next time.

    • Pastafarian

      Atheists do not believe in the supernatural. This includes gods, witches, ghosts, bigfoot, astral projection, vampires, magic, mermaids, fairies, ESP, demons, unicorns, telepathy, other planes of existence, or even a soul.
      I don't "have a problem" with those that do, although I find it insulting to hundreds of years of intellectual progress. I only go after those who try to push their hocus-pocus on me and others who do not believe. Which typically ends up being Christians. I hope that answers your question.

      • DrBarbara

        Thanks for your reply, however, the question I really wanted answered is Why are (most, but not all) atheists so vocal against Christians and not any other religion. That is what I really want to know. Of course, I know you can only speak for yourself. As a Bible scholar I always want to get others' worldviews. And I have to say honestly that I understand most religions that I have studied--not all but most. However, I simply cannot wrap my mind around the idea that after death there is nothing. That seems like such a dismal and depressing concept. And the truth is that atheism is a religion also. You must have a belief that none of those things you listed exist. I agree with you about everything except God, Whom I know personally; witches, which I have met and seen what their unholy religion is about; and demons, which are the oppressors of mankind.

        • Pastafarian

           Thank you for not just attacking my beliefs like others on this blog have done.   I tried to answer your question why it seems like Christians are singled out - because they are the ones pushing to get their religion enacted as United States policy.  They are very vocal about getting THEIR religion taught in public schools and symbolized on public property.  They spend millions and millions on lobbyists and candidates.  They are pretty forceful in the way they go about getting their way, and very vocal when laws or politicians stand in their way.

          I understand that some might find the concept of no afterlife depressing.  I actually find it the opposite.  Being mortal and having a finite lifespan means that every minute here - alive on Earth - is precious.  There may be no tomorrow - I need to make my mark today.  I need to tell my family I love them, because there may not be another chance to do so.  I need to work to help people - to help make their lives better while they are still around.   I want to learn new things every day and use my limited time here to improve myself and the world around me.  I don't have children, but I care about what the future holds for humans that come after me, and I try to keep my environmental impact low and support issues that help us as a species in the long run, even though I may be long gone.

          Atheism is not a religion.  It is merely the concept that reason outweighs faith.

        • DrBarbara

          Thank for your answer. I know that some who profess to be Christians can be mean spirited to anyone who does not measure up to their standards. I would love to just visit with you and pick your brain. And I think I could answer some questions you have also. My belief in Jesus the Savior does not fall in the category of "religion." Instead I have an intimate "relationship" with the God of the Universe. We Christians are told to love people, not castigate them because they believe differently. However, we are mandated by the Christ to go to all the nations of the world and tell the story of the Gospel. That's why you have Christians pushing their religion. Just as atheism is non-tolerant of other belief systems, Christianity is, by its very nature, not tolerant of other religions. And by that I mean that as followers of Jesus we cannot accept any other belief system. It's part of the more abundant life that the Scripture talks about. So, my friend, with that in mind I will be praying for you simply because my God tells me to.
          It's been good having this conversation with you.

      • darkcyder

        Intellectual progress? hah. Supernatural? Please provide me with your OBJECTIVE proof that God does not exist.

        • Pastafarian

          Zeus, Quetzalcoatl, Isis, Jupiter, Hercules, Gilgamesh, Odin, Apollo, Apotamkin, Atlas, Vishnu, Bochica, Buddha,  Ra, Thor, Yu-Huang, Shiva, Xenu, Kwatee, Loki, Mars, Dievas, Fates, and Allah.   I probably can put Superman on this list too.    All gods have worshipers who believe with all their heart.   None of them have been real.   None.  

        • darkcyder

          That's what you call objective proof? Just because peole worship false idols is not proof thag God does not exist. I guess I'm wasting my time here. I shall not spend any more oxygen in your direction .

        • Pastafarian

          Zeus, Quetzalcoatl, Isis, Jupiter, Hercules, Gilgamesh, Odin, Apollo, Apotamkin, Atlas, Vishnu, Bochica, Buddha,  Ra, Thor, Yu-Huang, Shiva, Xenu, Kwatee, Loki, Mars, Dievas, Fates, and Allah.   I probably can put Superman on this list too.    All gods have worshipers who believe with all their heart.   None of them have been real.   None.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

           Please provide me with proof that my invisible friend does not exist. And if you can't see why that is a really stupid thing to say, then you don't deserve a brain - it's completely wasted on you.

        • darkcyder

          I have several other invisible friends I'd like to introduce you to. But I don't expect your small brain to accept their existence either. Meet my friends Gravity, Air, a vacuum, relativity, quarks, entropy, kinetic energy, time, I could go on. But I doubt that anybody who is just into music for a living could fathom some of those things- something about musiciqn and IQ- several papers on the topic. Please prove that these do not also exist. I noticed on your website that God made you ugly. is this why you hate him? Or did he just do that so that deaf people would know enough to dislike you immediately. Did he also make you smell badly so that blind people could dislike you as well? So, in addition to your bad attitude, you have several things to be mad at God about.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

          Ha ha ha ha, that the best laugh I've had all day - thanks for taking the time to throw silly insults back, I really appreciate it. I am a electronics design engineer for a pro AV company, and I have an IQ of 155. I'm still laughing! I designed and built a recording studio, and I lead a double life as recording engineer / producer in my free time. Am also a classically trained musician. I am very well versed in cosmology, physics, biology, quantum mechanics etc. etc, and I have an unlimited thirst for true knowledge - this enables me to tell fact from fiction quite easily, and enables me to be quite confident when I say that you really don't desrve a brain.

          I quite often get into discussions with theists, and the funny thing is they ALWAYS get upset and resort to childish name-calling when I demonstrate a bit of rational thought, and render their ridiculous ideas untenable. BUT atheists never have the same reaction when a theist tries to do the same thing - why is that? I think, secretly, you all have serious doubts, I mean, I don't believe that anyone can be stupid enough to really believe there is a man in the sky in control - just look around at all the suffering by way of disease, natural disasters, birth defects, etc etc - how can any benevolent creator be in control of this?

          There are several, far more plausible explanations for why we exists, why there is something rather than nothing. And as it is nonsense to try and prove the NON-existence of anything, what you have to do is use your mental faculties to figure out what is the most likely explanation. And if you are smart, then you can do that without resorting to wishful-thinking for the things you want to be true.

          I'm not saying it is totally impossible for a god to exists, philosophically speaking that makes me agnostic, but I think it is about as likely as the existence of fairies, goblins and santa claus. There are several other possibilities that are far, far more likely. The anthropic multiverse, for example; all that requires is that infinite space and time exist with particular properties, and everything can be explained. As theists already believe in an infinite god, it's not such a great leap of the imagination. Maybe "god" is just time and space? No intelligence required - "design" is an illusion.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        You believe in something and that requires faith.
        That faith that you have, God gave it to you. 
        Sorry to burst your bubble

        (Rom 12:3 KJV)  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

      I am not an atheist but I can answer that.
      Jesus said: "I AM the way, I AM the TRUTH, and I AM the LIFE....
      Christianity is the ONLY truth and they know it.
      What they don't know is;
      Acts 26:14  (KJV) And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
      Acts 26:15  And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

      • Chris

        That's right William, we all believe in something. Some of us believe in the evidence from god and some of us believe in the evidence from men written in a book.
        My theology only answers to the truth from god. My theology does not recognize any truth from men, only revelations from god's creation. My theology has prophets that reveal the hidden truth in god's creation (praise Einstein (pbuh), praise Newton (pbuh). My theology doesn't answer to logic, reason, or human intellect. My theology will render false a 1000 books from a 1000 years of pure logic and undeniable reason, with an observation (praise Galileo (pbuh), praise Copernicus (pbuh). My prophets produce the magic and miracles that the priests, mullahs, rabbis and their prophets cannot (praise Dr. Salk (pbuh). I can witness, first hand, the miracles that were performed by my prophets before I was born (praise Sir Alexander Fleming (pbuh), praise Goddard (pbuh). My prophets illuminate the limits of the finite mind to explain the infinity of god (praise Gödel (pbuh). My prophets are not so foolish to declare absolute truth, or claim authority by the books they possess (praise Krause (pbuh), praise Dawkins (pbuh).

        My prophets are not determined by their own authority or the authority of men, they are determined by the evidence from god. When a new prophet arrives, my theology follows, it does not start a new church. Disputes in my theology are determined by the authority of god, not by the authority of men, and not by violence. Questioning my theology is not a blasphemy, it is a virtue. My theology is universal, practiced by the followers of every other theology, and is known by only one name, Science.

        Enjoy your logic while reading your book that describes the flat, unmoved earth being circled by the sun. I will enjoy your faith in my theology by every keystroke you make on your computer, the theology that proved your theology false 5 centuries ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geraldo.ribeiro.148 Geraldo Ribeiro

    Doug, we're in the same boat. I am also an atheist and have a deep respect for all my friends that are believers. I don't agre with this monority people inside our 5% that wants to impose their believe over other people and used all type of ilegal means to protest against them. Who cares if they putt crucifix in the court house, in the top of the hill or in the City Hall. As a atgeist this really make me made seen this stupid atheist trying to have their 15 minuts of fame trying to distry a majority that did nothing to deserve their hate. As you sais leave them alone. I am an atheist and love to have andinteligent conversation with the believers about ideias

  • Shermer

    When everyone has the same religion, there are no objections. But when people begin to realise that they do not have a monopoly on morality or public policy, some of them also realise that the other people who may disagree with them on one issue still deserve to be treated fairly. That's why so many Christians allow atheists to have their say and even allow them to play on a level field.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

      Isn't the mere fact that there are (and have been) so many different religions, proof that they are ALL man made delusons? (there have been about 2800 religions in all). Just because it makes you feel good, doesn't make it true.

      An intelligent, rational person, will not believe anything WITHOUT reasonable evidence. This is why most adults no longer believe in fairies or santa claus. A religious person, however, chooses to believe something WITHOUT evidence - leaving them completly open to manipulation by the self appointed "leaders".

      When you think about it, religion is nothing more than santa claus for naive grown ups.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.zimmerman.77 Joe Zimmerman

    Time to ship all the ATHEIST to an island in the north pacific so they will not have to see a cross or christian ,,

    • Chris

      Or maybe you could burn them all, the same way you burned all the witches.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wolff-Bachner/100000356049591 Wolff Bachner

         didnt burn them all. you are still here. lol.

        • Chris

          Actually, I'm not a witch, but I understand how my ability to think for myself must seem like utter magic to you.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        don't worry it will soon come, are you prepared.

        • B_R_Deadite99

           I bet you typed that with one hand, didn't you, Willy?

        • Chris

          William, if jesus heard you say that, he would be rolling in his grave.

  • CMY

    It would Bless all of America to have the Crucifix at Ground O, The Pledge of
    Allegiance Stands and is protected!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       Yeah, just to remind us all that it all happened because of religion. Without irrational beliefs in 72 virgins, in a land of milk and honey, there can be no suicide bombers - think about it!

  • Debra

    The negative, and the haters are always the LOUDEST! I let people live their own lives how they want with no bad mouthing from me even when they are bad mouthing me for beliefs or views. Turn the other cheek as many times as necessary.

  • ALsue1

    i think it's time for christians to sue the atheists they make us sick and we have our rights to and i'm sure there more christian then losers

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       And while the court is assembled, I would like to put forward a motion for compensation for all the heretics murdered by the christians over the last thousand years. Just to put it into context. But as modern christians are so badly educated in their own history, I doubt if it will resonate. I mean, how many christians know that many of the godly attributes given in the bible about jesus, had already been said about greek gods, thousands of years earlier? Like: walking on water, turning water into wine, being born of a virgin, born on 25th Dec, died on a cross, resurrected after 3 days. None of this is at all original.

      A little bit of education is all that is needed to show ALL religions up for the fallacies that they are.

  • BrassRing

    Atheism is a non-theistic religion where the members worship themselves, granting themselves absolution and defining their own morality.
    Its the preferred religion for the selfish, hedonistic, narcissistic individuals.  Non judgmental is how they term it,  but its really a lack of self control;  which is the main difference between man and animal.  The ability to MAKE a judgement.

     I don't believe in atheism.

    • B_R_Deadite99

      Congratulations; you are retarded. As are the idiots who liked your comment. A religion involves central doctrines, usually revolving around deities and some kind of afterlife. Atheism has no doctrines; it's simply not believing in gods. And as for that crap about selfishness, get real. Christians are far more selfish. You're the ones who willingly sell out to a Narcissist god who supposedly created us merely for his own amusement, and turn you backs on everybody who doesn't agree with you. Some of you even fantasize about watching non-Christians burning in hell while you watch from heaven. So save your stereotypes for other weak-minded cretins.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        you are deluded!
        what you really need is a check up from the neck up

        • B_R_Deadite99

          Brass Ring, an ignorant retard, posted the usual lying slander of atheists in his comment, which several other retards subsequently liked. I proved him wrong. You have no responses, no counter-argument, no evidence, just an ad hominem. Therefore, you have admitted to being deluded.

          "what you really need is a check up from the neck up"

          Ah, poor William, did you forget to take your pills? You better call your therapist.

        • http://twitter.com/limapalooza lima

          Seriously who's deluded. The person that clings to a caveman desert tent dwellers book or the person who chooses not to?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       Strange little world you live in. Have you considered getting some help?

  • HerrCapitanFick

    5% will rule because the rest of the 95% are a bunch of pansey cowards! Not all but most!

  • Jackson39

    I guess if I were an Atheist I'd want to stamp out anything that would remind me I just might be wrong in my thinking.  Can you think of anything more devastating than to be surrounded by constant reminders that God exists and that when you die you're on the losing side.  No wonder they're so vindictive.  Pray for them! 

    • Chris

      Is that how you feel when you're around muslims? How wrong you are in your thinking? You better pray to allah, or you will die on the losing side.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        Hey Chris, I have witnessed to a few muslims and they converted to Christianity.
        too bad for your moon god.

        • Chris

          Yes William, my moon god, the roman god luna, hunted down your god, beat him senseless, nailed his shoeless, naked body to a block of wood, and left him to hang there like a slab of meat. All praise diana!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       No, but I would get fed up with being surrounded by idiots if I lived in the US. But luckily I live in the UK, where rational, clear thinking are king, and god-squad bible bashers are the loonies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.bulver Tony Bulver

    I don't know why the atheists are raising so much noise. After all, they already have their own national holiday..................April 1 of every year is their holiday.

    • B_R_Deadite99

       Go back to celebrating all those pagan holidays your religion ripped off of other religions. Like Christmas, Easter, etc.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

        show me ONE place in the Bible that the Christians celebrated christman OR easter.
        I will make it easy for you. IT IS NOT THERE.
        That was started by the pagan church in Rome and not the Apostles.
        you should be careful what you say

        • B_R_Deadite99

          The Roman Church is "pagan"? ReallY? Perhaps you'd like to go back in time and explain that to them while they burn pagans to death destroy ancient temples. Christmas and Easter are rip-offs. The Church decided to hijack them so that the masses would still get their annual celebrations, but without any non-Christian messages. Samhain, or Halloween, was a failed attempt, since the holiday became secualr in America and never really changed that much in Ireland, since since they didn't have a downer on their pagan heritage.

  • metheoldsarge

    I see we have a few atheists making entries. Like all of us you have your right to your opinion and to voice it. I spent twenty-two years of my life helping to protect those rights. Numerous instances in recorded history tell of atrocities committed in the name or one religious belief of another. Wars, accompanied by atrocities, have been fought over it like the Crusades. There was also the Spanish Inquisition. In more recent time there was the Holocaust of WWII. There are those in the Islamic Communities that want death for all those who don't believe in Islam and that includes all atheists. In my opinion most atheists seem to be more Anti- Christian and Anti-Semite than anything else. Why does it always seem to be Christians and Jews these atheists go after? How come I never hear of them going against the Muslims Hindus or Buddhists? Put up a Nativity in a public place and they are all over you demanding it be removed. I have seen incidents where atheists have publicly burned Bibles. They should try that with the Koran and see what happens to them. When Muslims close down a street to have a big prayer gathering, it seems the atheists are nowhere to be seen. Christians and Jews are not allowed to pray in public places or schools but Muslims can. Not long after 911 a public school district in California set up Muslim Awareness classes. I have no problem with that as long as they set up awareness classes for the other religions, and for those who don't believe in any God. Why weren't the atheists screaming bloody murder about that? I have a few atheist friends that respect my Christian beliefs and also have taught their children to do the same. Them I have no problem with and I don't try to shove my belief in God and his son Jesus Christ down their throats either. . The ones that try to make a public spectacle and try to jam their unbelieving rhetoric down my throat are, in my opinion, nothing more than shameless grand-standers. I challenge them to prove me wrong and go after the other religions just as vigorously as they go after Christians and Jews and show me that they are not the hypocrites I believe they are. The grand-standing atheists are just another group of useful idiots. They are, unwittingly, being used to instigate the break-up of the bonding of the American people and Family Values. That will pave the way for a Muslim take over. If that happens, the atheists will no longer be needed and they can join the many others that have been thrown under the bus. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    • http://twitter.com/limapalooza lima

      Get over yourself and your bigoted hate for Muslims. Just remember for every religious right you try to defend such as religion and schools or government politics etc., thats just one more right you defend to allow Muslims and other beliefs have control. Oh my god no way. How is it that people such as ourself who hate people that believe differently than yourself still can't grasp this logic? You forgot to mention the inquisitions where Christians killed over 9 million people who did not believe the way they did.

      • metheoldsarge

        Pretty quick with the name calling. Interesting that you didn't answer the questions I brought up. You just seemed too egger to brand me as a bigot. I was just pointing out that all religious groups, as well as atheists, have their fair share of people with double standards, hypocrisy and bigotry. If that makes me a Muslim hater and bigot in your mind I couldn't care less. The Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition were two of the incidents with atrocities that were committed in the name of Christianity. The Holocaust is debatable. It is known fact that Hitler was born and raised Catholic and later abandoned the church. No one really knows if his hatred for the Jews was based on Christian beliefs or if he was an atheist. Weather or not he was an atheist is something that has been debated and will continue to be until the cows come home. There is no doubt that he was definitely an anti-Semite. I thought three examples were enough but you seem to have wanted more. I didn't say that all Muslims want death to those who don't believe in Islam or that all atheists are shameless grand-standers. I did not say that I hated people with beliefs different than mine. I said I have no problem with it. I also said that I don't try to shove my beliefs down anyone else's throat and I don't resort to name calling, so I don't think it would be unreasonable to expect the same courtesy. If that is your idea of being a hateful bigot, you must be a very bitter and narrow minded person. I'm sure you have some choice words for me so I will let you have the last word. Can you, at least, try to answer the questions I put out? By the way. I did take a look at your personal web site. Not very impressing.

  • B_R_Deadite99

    What a load.

    "Figures indicate that less than 1% of the population managed to
    scream loud enough to start stripping away the rights of the vast
    majority of the American population."

    So because you guys can no longer spit on the Constitution and endorse one particular religion in public schools, which are run and funded by the state, your rights are being taken away? Whatever. It's nice to see that right-wing definitions of religious liberty haven't changed; "if we can't shove our beliefs down your throat at every opportunity, we're bein' persecuted".

    "They have formed groups like American Atheists who have been actively fighting the Ground Zero Cross."

    Which would make the whole tragedy out to be something that happened only to Christians. Although I personally don't care about the GZ cross. People regarding a hunk of twisted metal with child-like reverence is kind of amusing.

    "They’ve also launched a billboard campaign across the country that ridicule people who believe in God."

    Are those anything like all the billboards across this country that threaten anyone who don't believe in a magical Cosmic Zombie with hellfire? Just curious.

    "Groups such as Freedom From Religion Foundation and Military Religious
    Freedom Foundation are attacking any and all forms of religious
    expression in the military, public schools, government entities and any
    public forum."

    Which is worse? The author lying through his teeth, or the posters in the comment sections nodding along with him? These groups protect atheists from discrimination, something that's been happening for a long time. Because without a Constitution, and people who protect it, it would be only a matter of time before the next Inquisition got rolling."They are attacking the National Motto, the Pledge of Allegiance, crosses
    on military graves and they continue to bully every public school in
    the country."
    Our nation's motto is E Pluribis Unum. That is what should be on our money, because it is far more relevant to our history, present, and future than some garbage about an imaginary friend. Secondly, they are not attacking the Pledge, half-wit. They're trying to restore it to what is was before Congress screwed with it in the 50s for propaganda value. "One nation under god" was not in the original. As you'd know if you read history. And no, they aren't attacking military grave markers, Mr. Goebbels, they were trying to remove a giant cross that overlooked the graveyard--even though there were Jews and other non-Christians buried there. And how are they bullying every public school? By not allowing you guys to trample the rights of others? Boo hoo. Get over yourselves already.

    • Elijah7373

      How sad for you my friend you seem be filled with so much hate, maybe you can help us understand something why are people like you and other atheists or non believers not attacking muslims and their rights to freedom to believe in their religion, yet you only go after Christians, and if you don't believe in anything what difference does it make if someone else does, your forced to buy anything, watch anything on TV, or participate in any thing that is Christian just ignore it if you don't like it. But see if you don't believe in anything you stand for nothing, you just exist what waste. So I apologize if this offends you but one of those terrible Christians just prayed for you.

      • B_R_Deadite99

        "How sad for you my friend you seem be filled with so much hate..."

        What hate? Oh wait, I forgot that in Fantasy Land, just disagreeing with someone and calling them out for lying and hypocrisy is the same as hating them.

        "...maybe you can help us understand something why are people like you and other atheists or non believers not attacking muslims and their rights to freedom to believe in their religion..."

        Because unlike you, we don't attack freedom of religion. But atheists have spent a lot of quality time bashing Islam. The only reason you're ignorant of it is because you get your information from Christian sources who want to make atheists look like bullies who only pick on the poor, persecuted Christians (who make up 80% of the population).

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe_cuzsmmHU

        "But see if you don't believe in anything you stand for nothing, you just exist what waste."

        Clearly, you know less than nothing. Not surprising for a Christian. I don' believe in gods, fairies, pixies, trolls, or unicorns. None of your beliefs has even an ounce of evidence, so I don't see the point in playing make-believe. That doesn't mean I stand for nothing. I stand for human rights--rights that many Christian groups work against--and freedom, education, and intellectual inquiry. But thanks for making stupid, unfounded straw-men against me. It's nice to know that some anonymous Internet poster who's only read one or two comments from me knows me more intimately than I know myself. And yes, that was sarcasm right there.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

          you may not believe in God, but you do believe in something.
          That means that you do have faith.
          you do not have faith in God but you have faith in what you believe.
          I find this intersting because the Bible says that every man is given a measure of faith.
          This is something that GOD said in his word.

          (Rom 12:3 KJV)  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

        • B_R_Deadite99

          "you may not believe in God, but you do believe in something.
          That means that you do have faith."

          No actually, I don't. Education is something I believe in, but it exists. It's affects and qualities can be tested, measured, and observed. Meanwhile, philosophers and "holy" men have been debating he existence of gods, souls, and afterlives for thousands of years, with no evidence forthcoming.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

         Funny, I read the same comment, and I didn't sense any hate. More like comic irony!

        I am atheist, and I see no hate. You are obviously religious, and you see hate. What does that tell you?

  • Amigo

    God
    says The Atheist is a Fool.

    The
    Wisdom in God's Word states that it is Folly for a person who Answers a Matter
    Before he has heard all Facts of the Matter. (Proverbs 18:13) In short, God
    says he is a Fool. Any wise Lawyer would Not risk his reputation in court (as a
    Fool) by Not investigating All of the Facts in a Legal Matter. He would want to
    be prepared for uncertain rulings that would depend on the court's acceptance
    or rejection of evidence presented.

    The
    Bible teaches that the man who Cannot Reason is a Fool; the man who Refuses to
    Reason is a Bigot; the man who is Afraid to Reason is a Slave. The Fool wishes
    he could Reason, but cannot, he has No Moral Compass; the Bigot is able to
    Reason, but Refuses to Accept Correction, he is Prideful, (don't confuse me
    with facts, my mind is made up); the Slave is able to Reason, but he is Fearful
    of what people will say about him,
    (don't make waves, let's go along to get along, Strive for Majority's acceptance).
    But the Willing Man has every good opportunity available by his Ability and
    Willingness to Reason.

    The God
    of the Bible is a God of Reason.
    God's Word says, "Come now, let us Reason together, says the Lord, though
    your sins be as Scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be Red like
    crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are (key words) Willing and
    Obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you shall
    be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it."
    (Isaiah 1:18-20) God speaks to the Fools when He says “My people are
    destroyed for lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6) "The Fool has said in his
    heart, "There is No God." (Psa 14:1;53:1)

     

    “For
    the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish Foolishness; But we
    preachChrist crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks Foolishness."
    (1Corinthians 1:18, 23) The Psychiatry profession claims
    that man is a two-part being; he has an Intellect and a Body, and that the
    goodness of man lays within his inner most being. God's Word says this is Not
    correct; there is No goodness in man in his fallen state. (Romans 3:10, 23); “As
    it is written, There is none righteous, no, Not one. For ALL have sinned and
    come short of the Glory of God.”

    In Genesis.1:26,27,
    God says, "Let us make man in OUR image, in OUR likeness," That is a Three-Part
    being in the likeness of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
    Spirit. The spirit of man is the most important part of his triune creation.
    The spirit of man was created in the express image of God and is indestructible
    and will live forever in eternity. God created Adam and Eve in His Glory and they
    were spiritually joined to God and they were exceedingly blessed with His Grace
    in all things. But when Adam and Eve rebelled against God's instructions, their
    spiritual connection was severed and their fellowship with God was destroyed.
    Because of Adam's fall, man received as a consequence for his disobedience, a
    sin nature. This sin nature, referred to as "Original Sin," is an
    inborn propensity to commit evil. God is an All-Consuming Fire and He knows
    that sinful man cannot stand in His presence without being destroyed.  So God sent Jesus the Savior of mankind so
    that sinful man could be forgiven and reconciled to God, whereby enabling man
    to stand before a Holy God in Right standing with Him and without being
    destroyed by His All-Consuming Fire.

    In the
    course of 4,000 years, God sent His Son Jesus, to save fallen man by becoming a
    propitiation and sacrifice for man's sin, and thereby reconciling man back to
    God. God is loving, merciful, forgiving, and just. The greatest Promise in the Bible
    is John 3:16,17; "For God so loved the world that He gave His only
    begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
    everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world;
    but that the world through Him might be saved." The greatest tragedy is
    John 3:18; "But he that believeth Not is condemned already, (the Atheist,
    Agnostic) because he has not believed in the name of the Only Begotten Son of
    God."

    God in His
    love, mercy, forgiveness, and grace, satisfied his Justice and hatred for man's
    sin by providing a way for man to be reconciled to God, by placing the entire
    sins of the world, past, present, and future, upon Jesus, the Lamb of God Who
    is without sin and Who takes away the sin of the world. God takes No pleasure
    in the death of the wicked. Ezekiel 33:11 says, “As I live says the Lord God, I
    have No pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his
    way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O
    house of Israel?”

    The
    problem with man’s sin nature is quite simple. Man cannot save himself from his
    destructive sin nature, therefore God provided a Savior to deliver him from his
    evil ways. The Bible way to heaven is achieved by a simple Confession and an
    act of faith found in Romans 10: 9-13; that says, ”If you Confess with your
    Mouth the Lord Jesus and Believe in your Heart that God raised Him from the
    dead, you Will be Saved. For with the Heart one believes unto righteousness,
    and with the Mouth confession is made unto Salvation. For the scripture says
    “Whoever Believes on Him will Not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction
    between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon
    Him. For whoever calls upon the Lord (Jesus) Shall be Saved.” When a believer
    Confesses this prayer, he is making a proclamation of Identification. He is
    vicariously in agreement and personally Identifies with the death, burial, and
    resurrection of the Lord Jesus who took his sins to the cross and was raised
    from the dead in hell for the forgiveness of all his sins, enabling him to spend
    eternity with the Father in Heaven.

    The
    Atheist and Agnostic says God does not exist, yet they have Not searched for
    Him. The man who does Not search for God will generally never find Him, but the
    man who steadfastly searches for God will always find Him. God invites men to
    search for Him, and He promises to reveal Himself to all who seek to know Him.
    Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer you and show you great and
    mighty things which you do not know. ”Jeremiah 29: 11-14 says, ”For I know the
    thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and Not of
    evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and
    pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will Seek Me and Find Me, when
    you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord,
    and I will bring you back from your captivity;”

    The
    Atheist and Agnostic is without excuse. God has given sinful man a plan of
    redemption and eternal salvation. God has given us His son Jesus; He has given
    us His Holy Word; He has given us His Holy Spirit. All man has to do is Choose
    the path he wants to take for his eternal destiny. God does not send sinful man
    to hell and damnation. God has given man a free will to choose his eternal
    destiny. Sinful man sends himself to hell and damnation by default, because he
    has Not Believed on the Name of Jesus, the Only Begotten Son of God. Man has to
    make this choice while he is yet alive, for he cannot choose after he
    experiences the First physical death.

     

    The
    Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:13-15 says, “Then I saw a great white
    throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled
    away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great,
    standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which
    is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the
    things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in
    it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were
    judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into
    the Lake of Fire. This is the Second Death. And anyone Not found written in the
    Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.The Second Death is Not cessation
    of physical life, but it is the Eternal Separation of Life from Jesus, the
    eternal source of life. God’s Word is His Will, and God’s Will is His Word. The
    consciousness that we have in this mortal life will live for eternity; to be
    vividly aware of eternal glory with God or vividly aware of eternal hell and
    damnation.

    Only a
    FOOL Atheist would choose eternal hell over the simple choice of eternal Glory with
    God. John 14:6 says, Jesus said to him, “ I am The (only) Way, The (only) Truth,
    and The (only) Life. No one comes to the Father Except through Me.” The Word of
    God is Divine Truth; inspired by His Holy Spirit; it is self-evident truth, and
    it is beyond debate. The Bible was written and canonized over a period of
    approximately 1700 years by 40 different authors, who were inspired by the Holy
    Spirit of God. The Bible is all about Jesus and He is the main character in
    every book and all of the books are in harmony with Jesus as the central theme
    of man’s salvation. There is not one book that contradicts any of the other
    books.

    In the
    King James Bible there are 66 books, 1189 chapters, 31,102 verses, 773,746 words,
    and 3,566,480 letters. Now imagine taking all these books, chapters, verses,
    words, and letters, and wrapping them all over every square inch of Jesus’ body
    and then covering Him with flesh. The apostle John constantly refers to Jesus
    as the Word of God in his Gospel and in his book of Revelation. (John 1:1,14;
    Revelation 19:13,16) “And He [Jesus] was clothed with a vesture dipped in
    blood: and His Name is called the Word of God. And He [Jesus] has on His
    vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus
    is the Word of God Who became flesh and dwelt among us, (John 1:14) and
    believers are the flesh who become the Word as we study and meditate on the
    Holy Scriptures. “And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you
    Free.” (John 8:32)

    Dr. Lewis S. Chafer, Dallas
    Theological Seminary founder, sums up the Bible in 5 topical words in his
    Christian Theology. Christ is the Central Theme of Scripture, and as bearing on
    His Person, the Old Testament is 1.) classified as the Preparation for the
    Coming Christ; 2.) the Four Gospels as the Manifestation of Christ; 3.) the
    Book of Acts as the Propagation of Christ's Spirit (His Church); 4.) the
    Epistles as the Explanation of the Preparation, Manifestation, and Propagation
    of Christ; and 5.) the Book of Revelation as the Consummation
    of Christ and His Church. The Glorious Consummation of the Creator God with His
    Redeemed Creation; the Church, the Bride of Christ shall behold Him and Become
    One With Him and Eternally Joined With the Father.

    Logic dictates if the premise
    is true, the conclusion is true also. The Word of God has a truthful premise
    and ends with a true conclusion. Atheist, your name will be found in the Book
    of Life if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is
    your Lord and Savior of your life. May God grant you the wisdom to choose
    between Heaven and hell; Non-Smoking or Smoking. Amen! PTL!

    The Bible is all about Jesus. Martin
    Luther called John 3:16 "The Heart of the Bible, the Gospel in
    Miniature." It’s so simple a Child can Understand IT; Yet IT Condenses the
    Deep and Marvelous Truths of Redemption into these few Powerful Words of
    Absolute Assurance: The following verse, John 3;16 from the King James Bible, is
    the greatest promise to man for Eternal Life from God, the Creator of All
    mankind.

    "God"
    ~ The Greatest Lover.                                                                                                

    "So
    Loved" ~ The Greatest Degree.                                                          

    "The
    World" ~ The Greatest Number.                                                             

    "That
    He Gave" ~ The Greatest Act.                                                                   

    "His
    Only Begotten Son" ~ The Greatest Gift.                                                                 

    "That
    Whosoever" ~ The Greatest Invitation.                                                                       

    "Believeth"
    ~ The Greatest Simplicity.                                                              

    "In
    Him" ~ The Greatest Person.                                                                            

    "Should
    Not Perish" ~ The Greatest Deliverance.                                                      

    "But"
    ~ The Greatest Difference.                                                          

    "Have"
    ~ The Greatest Certainty.                                                                

    "Everlasting
    Life ~ The Greatest Possession.

  • Jvgmxl8106

    He who says  in heart there is no God is a fool.The Fools have their holiday its called"April Fools Day"
     How could anyone who looks into the heavens at night say there is no God?How come they deny God when there the whole earth is full of his glory.Diffrent trees,diffrent birds,diffrent animals,diffrent flowers and they did not elvove theres  so much proff.The earth and its life did not come by a big bang,it came about by The Lord God Almighty.The world has been here for billions of years.There has been other life forms on earth before God made man.There are those church clergymen who teach only the Gensis Creaton.But they forget the prehistoric age when Giants walked the earth."Yes the fool has said in his heart there is no God"But thats just what they are.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

      Study your Bible again and you will see that you have it wrong.
      Gen 1:28 God told adam and eve to .......and REPLENISH the earth.
      That word only occurs twice in the entire Bible.
      If we can understand that Noah had to put something back that had been taken away
        (Gen 9:1), we better also understand that Adam had to do the same also (Gen 1:28)
      In fact, you will also see that the Bible instructs us that men lived on earth prior to Adam.
      They also had cities, governments, kings, ETC.
      Now here is the good one, according to the DNA records, science has discovered that modern man is not related "prehistoric man.
      The best science can do is to trace man's DNA back to One man and One Woman that both lived at the same time but they are NOT related to pre historic man.

      Let God be true and every man a liar

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       Are disease, starvation and natural disasters all part of  "his" plan too?
      I look around the world, and I see no evidence of any benevolent magic man in the sky, controlling things, and I am very smart. Why is it that you see this?
      Be careful how you use the word "fool". You should first look up the statistic on how religiosity declines with IQ.
      The fact that you can't spell really gives the game away - you are a fool.
      The trouble with being stupid, is you are too stupid to know how stupid you really are.

  • Lamccullough

    If being a christian is such a pain for the for the five percent who are not,  after centuries there should be more than the same small percent of non-believers.  No wonder ya'll are so pissed off.  Face it non-believers ya'll are not, nor ever have been on a winning team.  That is by self choice.

    c

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       Times they are a changin'! And since when is 40% such a tiny percentage. Only 60% of Americans are now religious - leaving 40% non-religious. I'm in the UK, and over here the religious people are the loony minority. But don't worry America, you are a bit behind, but you will catch up with us - once you learn your own history, and discover why the first settlers fled England in the first place, and why your constitution clearly warns against separating church and state.

  • GDC

    Dave Jolly YOU are a LIAR!!!!!!

  • GDC

    Dave Jolly YOU are a LIAR!!!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IGKIMVYO2JN57IHEH3S6HGLDHQ WILLIAML

    At least atheists and Christians share a common bond.
    Both of them do not like muslims.
    Jus-sayin

    • Chris

      Not true. Atheists like muslims and christians. We don't like islam or christianity. We like people, we dislike cults.

  • GiveAwayJimmie

    Atheists, for not believing in God---spend an inordinate amount of time --- telling other people not to believe.  Bottom-line; if you want to be an Atheist---then be one---but don't bother me, about believing in God.

    • http://twitter.com/limapalooza lima

      That's funny. I feel the same way about Christians.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

       As long as you keep it to yourself, and don't indoctrinate your children with this nonsense, then I don't have a problem with religion either. But as soon as you start hearing "voices" that tell you to do things, then you should be locked up and monitored closely.

  • http://twitter.com/limapalooza lima

    Your way of thinking is illogical and backwards. Atheists are not getting their way. Atheists have gotten tired of christians always trying to have their way, controlling everybody's actions and way of life. The same thing you and other close minded Christians fail to see is that the very thing you complain about is the very exact thing that has been imposed on those that hold none or different beliefs.

    Your Religious rights? That's a joke. You have the right to worship what ever belief you want. You don't have the right to impose these beliefs on others. Religion does not belong in school or government institutions, go to sunday school/ church if you want to share your beliefs but please quit the whining because others don't care for the propaganda and want to live without it.

  • Regina

    It is not only Atheists who want separation of church and state.  Many intelligent Christians and other people of faith see how dangerous it is to create a religious state.  Once government gets a foothold into participating in religious activities, where does it end?  Like the governor who voted for government funds for religious schools, then protested when Muslim schools received assistance.  It must have come as quite a surprise to her!  Do you want the government promoting all religions?  Or just yours!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

    You conveniently used the lower figure of 3% (convenient for your cause obviously), when really you should be using the figure of 3% + 23% = 26% to include ALL non-religious people - seeing as the point you are making refers to how the "vast" majority of religious people have to accomodate the requests of the minority. 26% is not such a tiny minority, now is it. Evidently, your religious mind is incapable of clear and rational thought.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Salter/620346940 David Salter

    You might have something to complain about if we atheists started murdering the religious because of their beliefs,
    like you have been doing to us for the past thousand years or so!