In a word, Yes. The atheists are gunning for people of faith, and are making significant headway in the arenas of science, education, history, law, and faith itself.
Of course I don’t know where you, my readers, stand on the issue of faith, but regardless of your position, please understand that there are influential people who are actively striving to eliminate religious faith (read Christianity and Judaism) from the American scene.
Among the most influential are the university professors who hold sway over a wide spectrum of teaching and thought.
And among the most vocal and strident is Dr. Jerry Coyne of the University of Chicago. Read some of what he publishes on his blog site [my comments are inserted and underlined]:
1. Americans are much more religious than Canadians or Europeans, and THAT is why creationism is a problem in the U.S., even though it is illegal. Now take a look at Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, or at Orthodox yeshivas: those are religiously oriented schools, and there creationism is a big problem.
[“ … creationism is a problem in the U.S., even though it is illegal.” Coyne can claim this only because a judge ruled in the Dover case that Intelligent Design (ID) is a religion. Coyne and others of his mind-set extrapolate that to mean that ID is the same as creation science. Furthermore, since creation is part and parcel of Christianity and Judaism, therefore it may very well be successfully argued in the future that these two religions are illegal in the United States.
However, this does not stand the historical and constitutional smell test:
- The 1’st Amendment says clearly “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
- The constitutions of each and every state acknowledges the importance of God in their states. Read more at: http://politicaloutcast.com/2013/07/secularist-lies-about-religion-and-the-constitution/ and here: http://www.usconstitution.net/states_god.html
- Religion, in particular the Protestant brand of Christianity, has been an endorsed part of American culture, politics and education since Benjamin Franklin first suggested prayer at the Constitutional Convention of 1787. This public governmental endorsement of religion continued with a prayer service in a church immediately following the inauguration of George Washington. Congress and Presidents have established a National Day of Prayer dating back to the 1950s. Since the days of the Revolutionary War, military chaplains have been an integral part of the US military, sanctioned by the federal government.
- No … religion and creationism is legal in the US … that’s what the 1’st Amendment guarantees all of us !]
2. If we didn’t have a Constitution, creationism in American schools would be much more of a problem than it is now. Remember, between a quarter and a third of American school teachers are creationists, and do we really trust them to teach kids the truth about evolution? It’s only the law that makes them afraid to do so. As it is, many of them finesse the problem by watering down evolution or not teaching it at all.
[Coyne asserts that ‘between a quarter and a third of American school teachers are creationists.’ and that this is a bad thing. I disagree, and think teachers should be free to challenge Darwinism wherever it has proven inadequate to explain the complexities of life, including the very origin of life.
What Coyne is attempting is to remove religious liberty from the Constitution. ]
3. As I pointed out to Larry, he doesn’t have a smidgen of evidence that the legal strategy isn’t working. Where’s his control, which would consist of suspending the First Amendment in schools and then seeing what happens? My money is on an increase in creationist teaching.
[My view is that the First Amendment needs to be applied, as written and understood by its original authors, across American society, including the schools. The First Amendment was written to prevent the national government (i.e. Congress) from establishment of a state religion, not to intrude the national government into the class rooms of America.]
4. In fact, many of us, particularly the National Center for Science Education, are trying to convince school boards and teachers that creationism is nonsense. You know I wrote a book about this, right, Larry. And that book is being used in high schools and colleges in the U.S. In fact, it’s only when that strategy fails that organizations go to the legal option. That option is time-consuming and expensive, and nobody wants to use it except as a last resort against creationist teachers and schools. And have you ever tried to teach the facts of evolution to a religiously-biased school board? Check out what happened in Texas.
[Coyne and his atheistic cohorts call creation ‘nonsense’, but their proclamation does not make it nonsense. Atheists reject the phrase “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth … “, but are happy to replace the phrase with “ … tiny quantum fluctuations in the very early universe became the seeds from which galaxies, stars, and ultimately human life emerged … Stephen Hawking” In other words, the universe created itself from nothing. So which form of nonsense do you prefer?
And what about the fine tuning for life in which the various laws of physics and the 230 some physical/chemical constants identified thus far? It is said that even minor changes in any of these constants would obliterate the necessary conditions for life. I’ve heard it said that the probability of such conditions for life arising by chance is akin to the probability that a dart thrown from one edge of the universe and hitting a one millimeter target at the opposite edge of the universe. How do the atheists handle this problem? Easy, they postulate a yet to be discovered … and undiscoverable, “multi-verse” in which an infinite number of universes together with an infinite amount of time makes life inevitable somewhere in this fantasy multi-verse.
Coyne states “ … many of us, particularly the National Center for Science Education, are trying to convince school boards and teachers that creationism is nonsense. I wrote a book about this, right, Larry. And that book is being used in high schools and colleges in the U.S.” So here we have a professional atheist inserting his very questionable world view into the high schools and colleges, and he/they expect us to be as pleased as punch over that.
Another proponent of this multi-verse scheme, Richard Dawkins, states ”Given infinite time, or infinite opportunities, anything is possible.” And this too passes as science? ]
In another Coyne post, http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/page/2/, Coyne lays out clearly his distain and contempt for Christianity and its adherents
“Well, too fricking bad! If what makes you you is a belief in delusions, like your redemption through the execution of a Palestinian carpenter, or the notion that a cracker and wine literally—literally—become the body and blood of that carpenter, then you’re fair game for criticism. And plenty of people think the core of their being rests on belief in the Genesis story of creation and a young earth, the idea of psychic phenomena, or their imagined abduction by aliens. Are we to coddle them as well?
None of these ideas deserve dignity. And the same Church that provides Stanley with compassion and friendship also marginalizes women, prohibits abortion, divorce, and gay behavior, terrorizes children with thoughts of hell, sanctions and protects child rape, and deliberately spreads AIDS in Africa by denying its adherents birth control. Are we to remain silent on these, too?”
There’s more in these particular Coyne posts, but let me move on to some other areas where the professional atheists are gunning for Christians, Jews and other people of faith.
But first, let me further explain my emphasize on Coyne. Coyne is a very influential ‘agenda–setter’ sitting at the heart of the education of multitudes of young students seeking answers to the great questions of life. As he sates above, “I wrote a book about this … . And that book is being used in high schools and colleges in the U.S.” So his influence is not to be ignored. He sits on the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) Honorary Board, which is very active in attempting to remove religion (i.e. Christianity & Judaism) from the American public square.
Now let me pass on to you this which I’ve recently received from a niece in San Antonio Texas; http://www.2dialog.com/texasvalues/main.php/micro_sites/webviewmessage/id/120/package_id/247/contact_id/103593/domain_id/2
The content is alarming enough, and note that this alert identifies attacks in San Antonio, the home town of my niece and League City, the home town of my sister-in-law. Expect more of the same in coming months, perhaps in your own home town, and in all probability emanating from FFRF.
For your information, the blurb “about FFRF” reads as follows:
The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion. In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women’s right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery. The Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.
I challenge much of what is said in this FFRF defining paragraph , and in a future essay will give my rebuttal.
So I implore you, if you value the freedoms spelled out in the Bill of Rights, please pay attention to what is happening around you. And pay attention to what Ronald Reagan said:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
There really are wolves in sheep’s clothing out there.
Don Johnson – August 2013