12/19/2012 3:08:00 PM Faith by the numbers
Mr. Sande, so glad you chose to comment. Some honest dialogue is good for all.
OK, we'll do it by the numbers.
1. As I previously pointed out, Atheism cannot be proven so must be taken on faith. It is the result of the desire of its adherents and must be put in to practice in basic life activities. I think it qualifies as a religion. You see, everyone believes in something. Atheism usually results in belief in ones self or the human race as the ultimate authority and "creator" and/or the earth its self as the giver of life and source of information (wisdom, knowledge).
...A lot of faith required for that belief.
I never said Atheists were "horrible." In fact I said they were ethical as they desired to be. But the ethics are baseless and so become relative to the person and surroundings.
2. "The term evangelical Atheist is an oxymoron...because unlike you, we don't proselytize." Pardon me, but making a faith-based proclamation that there is no god sure sounds like proselytizing. Atheists write books and give lectures and debate their faith like anybody else and would do what they could to win adherents.
3. This country was founded on a belief that a "Creator God" gave us "certain inalienable rights." The Bible is used as the guidelines for moral values and most every President (Washington more than most) has called upon the citizens to pray for this country, especially in times of trial and external threat.
"The separation of church and state" is one of them most abused ideas of the opponents of religion. The purpose is easily determined by any average student to keep government out of religion not religion out of government. Religious tradition runs deep in the Americas right down to putting the hand on the bible for ceremony and oath. Most of the original colonies required that a person confess faith in the God of the Holy Bible before being able to hold office.
4. There is no law against any of those things you mentioned...yet, anyway. We, as far as I know, still have the right to assemble and practice the "free exercise thereof" when it comes to our faith. It is only when others are offended by faith that legal matters arise and often the law supports the right to express and practice our faith; at least for now.
"This really chaps your booty, doesn't it?" No, not at all.
5. While it's true that theologians generally agree Jesus was born around the twentieth of September I just enjoy the celebration. I enjoy the secular side and the "Christ centered" side. I think celebrations are good for people but they aren't biblical. I'm glad Atheists can celebrate the solstice and have a good time, I just wish they could let us observe the traditional birthday of our Savior without controversy each year.
6. And 7. Mr. Sande, I send my children to public schools. They get all the education they need in opposition to the faith I have raised them to believe. You see, unlike "Freethinkers" I believe in letting my children have all the information to make intelligent decisions. My oldest is in bible college of her own decision.
My children have been forced, at taxpayer expense, to study other faiths and belief systems such as evolutionary theory. I believe it is the responsibility of parents and guardians to help children discern the truth from what they are taught in the world. I don't have to silence the opposition to accomplish my goal.
You see, Mr., Sande, you prove my point. "Freethinkers" (so called) want to silence religious talk while Christ-followers must involve themselves in the free exchange of ideas in schools and media. Freethinkers have faith in man and rely on earth to save them ... and they will die. Christ-followers rely on God ... and they will die. It's about what will happen after and for the rest of eternity. I hope you will give it more thought.
Blessings, Mr. Sande. May the truth of God's love overwhelm you this Christmas season!