I have given consideration for quite a long time to why the atheistic radical left-wing is so strongly opposed to God and Christianity. What inspired the “War on Christmas” and led to no “Pledge of Allegiance” in schools? Why do these people insist that we interpret “Freedom of religion” to mean “Freedom from religion” and work so diligently toward achieving their agenda; re-writing our history leaving no room for God and attempting to erase any signs of the importance Christianity played in the founding of this great country.
While it is certainly true that Christianity is growing dramatically in certain regions of the world, it does seem that there is a “war” being waged on Christianity in this country of ours. I list here a few quotations to illustrate the point:
“It is wonderful not to have to cower before a vengeful deity, who threatens us with eternal damnation if we do not abide by his rules.”
~Karen Armstrong, A History of God
“If he does exist, I personally want nothing to do with him.”
~Victor Stenger, God: The Failed Hypothsis
“I want atheism to be true …. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God …. I don’t want to live in a universe like that.”
~ Philosopher Thomas Nagel
I have often wondered what atheists like this hope to gain in their arguments and actions. I have no problem with their “non-belief”, that is certainly their choice and, as an American, though I disagree with them, I would defend their right to have that “non-belief.” However, I think we, as a nation, must draw a line in the sand when their “un-belief” threatens the very core values of this great nation.
I will tell you what I think is the real root of this effort. The real “opium of the people” is not religion as Karl Marx stated, but instead it is, as stated by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, “a belief in nothingness after death.” This belief would certainly have to be much less frightening to immoral people than the belief that their betrayals, greed, cowardice, murders and other assorted sins will be judged when their life on earth has ended.
I think this is why people seek to free themselves from God and Christianity. If you chose to live an immoral life, then God is essentially your mortal enemy. He represents a very real threat to those who are selfish, greedy, lecherous, or filled with hatred. It would certainly seem to be in the best interests of such people to despise and ridicule the belief in God and do what ever they could to rid our nation of His presence.
If God could be stamped out of existance by these people, then the seven deadly sins are no longer, as Dinesh D’Souza writes, “terrors to be overcome, but temptations to be enjoyed.” Death is no longer a justification for morality … it is now a justification for immorality.
Nietzsche understood this. The death of God would allow us to escape guilt and live “beyond good and evil.” In Nietzsche’s scheme, man would kill God to achieve the freedom to create his own morality. This line of thinking, though toned down, can be found in many of Christopher Hitchens’ railings against Christianity.
And, it really seems to boil down to a simple concept … sex. Hitchens wrote that “the divorce between the sexual life and fear … can now at last be attempted on the sole condition that we banish all religions from the discourse.”
Now, I am not a prude by any stretch of the imagination and I certainly am not against sex … and incidently, neither is God. However, God does put some thoughtful limitations on when, and with whom, sex should be had. The “sexual revolution” has left its scar on many people’s lives. Unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, younger and younger single mothers, ill-advised marriages, etc. Today we even have the ACLU defending such repulsive organizations as NAMBLA … and criminal judges issuing “slap-on-the-wrist” sentences for heinous child abuse, molestation, and rape cases. Could Dinesh D’Sousa be correct when he writes that the orgasm has become today’s secular sacrament. I think, sadly, maybe he is.
What happens when you remove the horribly old, out-dated, Christianity inflicted, moral restraints surrounding sex … such as waiting until you are married? You often get unwanted pregnancies. Could it be simply a strange coincidence that this leads us to the next most important sacrament in the secular world; one very near and dear the to atheistic left-wing liberal’s heart … abortion.
To me, the real tragedy and horror connected to an abortion is not that a woman kills an unborn child. It is that a woman kills her own unborn child. I cannot help but think that the feelings of guilt associated with doing this to ones own child must be nearly unbearable for any morally healthy person. Therefore … it would then become necessary, for the good of all immoral people in the country, for atheists to lead the way and free people from the guilt associated with abortions. And how is this done? By completing the following steps:
Get rid of God … that way there is no soul of the dead child to bother the conscience and, no threat of going to Hell for the act of murder.
Define the fetus as being “not yet human” … hmmmmm, sound familiar?
Not really too far from opening the door to eugenics, euthanasia and infanticide are we? In this atheistic new nation, under nothing, with no inalienable rights, and with an immoral system of morality, Hell on earth might be just around the corner folks … wait and see.
I think D’Sousa is right. Although they like to point to science as their guiding star, atheism is actually not an intellectual revolt at all, it is a immoral revolt. Atheists do not find God invisible, they find Him objectionable. The atheist simply seeks to rid himself of any later moral judgment by eliminating the judge.
Fortunately, contrary to what they would have you believe, not all scientists agree with atheistic claims of having the real truth. I leave you with this quote from one rather well-known scientist … often erroneously quoted by many atheists:
“In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognise, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support for such views.”
~ Albert Einstein