The Left loves to issue reports about how conservative groups are actually hate groups and potential terrorists, often comparing them — without any intent of irony — to the KKK, that icon of hate founded by Democrats.
Meanwhile, one of the most active hate groups in this country, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, not only is allowed to continue its anti-Christian activity, it is encouraged and supported by the media and politicians.
The most recent target of the FFRF is a veterans memorial in Coos Bay, Oregon, that has a cross on it. As it typically does, the FFRF is claiming the cross on public property is unconstitutional. The letter sent to the city’s manager claims that the cross is an “endorsement of Christianity over other religions and over nonreligion.”
The monument, which has been up since 1972, was sponsored by the Jaycees and a local bank. Rather than do something positive for the city, such as have local atheists sponsor their own memorial, the FFRF is threatening an expensive lawsuit that will waste public funds if the city doesn’t redesign (in other words, destroy) or remove the memorial, which was a gift to the community.
The FFRF has harassed and intimidated Christian groups around the country and actively intimidates local governments into banning any non-atheist religious displays or activities on public lands.
It gets away with all this bullying because the FFRF has, on many court benches, duplicitous left-wing comrades who have twisted the concept of church-state separation into a weapon of church suppression by the state.
That infamous “wall of separation” is not a phrase found in the Constitution. It originates from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to a minister who was concerned about the government interfering with religious activity. Jefferson explained that this “wall” was meant to protect religious groups from the state.
The FFRF and liberal courts have conspired to turn that wall of protection into a virtual prison wall to keep non-atheist religion — particularly Christianity — out of public life, which was never the Founding Fathers’ intent.
The establishment clause of the First Amendment prohibits government from establishing a state religion or from preferring one religion over another. But that’s exactly what the misnamed Freedom From Religion Foundation advocates, favoring the atheist religion over all others.
American courts used to recognize that atheism, then called secular humanism, is a religion. Through legalistic sleight of hand, the FFRF promotes the notion that atheism is a “nonreligion” (whatever that is) because atheists don’t believe in God, and therefore not subject to the same laws as every other religious group in America. Hypocritically, the FFRF is quick to invoke First Amendment protection whenever atheism is in danger of being called to heel.
The first Humanist Manifesto openly acknowledged the religious nature of humanism and of mankind but called for a recognition that modern religion doesn’t require belief in God. Though it denies it, modern atheism, likewise, is religious in nature and even depends on a materialistic and overly literal interpretation of the Bible for its unending criticisms of Christianity.
From the manifesto:
“There is great danger of a final, and we believe fatal, identification of the word religion with doctrines and methods which have lost their significance and which are powerless to solve the problem of human living in the Twentieth Century. Religions have always been means for realizing the highest values of life. Their end has been accomplished through the interpretation of the total environing situation (theology or world view), the sense of values resulting therefrom (goal or ideal), and the technique (cult), established for realizing the satisfactory life. A change in any of these factors results in alteration of the outward forms of religion. This fact explains the changefulness of religions through the centuries. But through all changes religion itself remains constant in its quest for abiding values, an inseparable feature of human life.” (Italics added.)
Julian Huxley called humanism “religion without revelation.” Since there is no God, humanism’s source and measure is mankind. Modern atheism is just naturalistic humanism wrapped in a “nonreligion” disguise for the purpose of manipulating the law to punish Christianity and any other religion that disagrees with the atheists’ materialism (which is pretty much all of them).
Because the FFRF focuses its attention almost exclusively on Christianity, that puts it squarely in the same category as those who single out Jews or any other religiously identified group for harassment. Yet the current culture of liberalism freely indulges the FFRF and its bullying.