An atheist lobbying group called the Center for Freethought Equality is in a tizzy because Ted Cruz recently shared his thoughts on God and the presidency.
Cruz was at the National Religious Liberties Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, last week when he was asked how important he believes it is for the president to fear God.
Cruz didn’t mince any words. “Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief of this country,” he said to applause.
He then added, “We’re a nation that has enjoyed God’s blessing, providential blessing, from the very beginning.”
This is the sort of talk that makes atheists’ heads explode, and the Center for Freethought Equality (isn’t that an oxymoron?) didn’t disappoint.
Bishop McNeill (yes, that’s apparently his name), head of the BFE’s Freethought Equality Fund PAC, wrote in a statement released Monday, “By claiming that those who do not pray are not fit for office, Senator Cruz is perpetuating the prejudiced myth that humanists and atheists are not moral people. There are a number of recent studies that show that despite how religious Americans remain, a majority of people would vote for a qualified atheist for president.”
There are several things going on in McNeill’s statement that are worth addressing.
First, Cruz isn’t perpetuating any “myth.” He wasn’t addressing whether atheists are moral, he was saying you can’t do the job of the presidency without the support of God. The presidency is not just some office job where you punch a clock and go home at five. The president literally may have the fate of the world on his shoulders. That’s not the sort of burden any intelligent man would attempt to carry on his own.
Second, let’s talk about that “myth” for a second. Atheists and “humanists” (atheists who don’t like labels) believe in a purely mechanistic view of the universe, in which everything exists because of the big bang and evolution, neither of which really explains anything. In that view, morality has no point because humans are just evolved animals preprogrammed by chemical interactions to behave the way they do. The only practical basis for anything resembling moral behavior for atheists is either a desire to blend in to a surrounding culture or a fear of being caught and punished. So strictly speaking, a truly moral atheist is rare at best as there is no support for morality inherent in atheism.
Third, studies showing that Americans would elect an atheist just demonstrate how far removed the electorate has become from ethical and moral considerations regarding elected officials. It’s to be expected given the number of candidates who profess to be people of deep faith who then go on to cheat and lie with the rest of the corrupt elites. But just because voters would elect such a person doesn’t mean it’s a good idea, as Cruz has pointed out.
McNeill added, “In his callous dismissal of humanists, atheists and other secular Americans, Senator Cruz also shows that he is out-of-touch with the growing number of Americans who are not affiliated with any religion.”
Or, he’s a leader trying to walk people back to the truth, that this country has always worked best when its citizens sincerely tried to follow God.
As John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”