Monday, May 26, 2008

Chuck Norris on Atheism

At Worldnetdaily Chuck Norris has an opinion piece about atheists using the first amendment as the basis for taking prayer out of public meetings. He writes:
But these atheists make the same classic blunder about the First Amendment that the ACLU and others have been making for years. They reinterpret it in ways it was never intended to be understood. They actually use the very amendment that is intended to protect our religious and speech rights and liberties and turn it on its head and make it a law of prohibition against prayer. And in so doing, they bastardize America's founding documents and founders.
He goes on to write:
The fact is these atheists have every right to voice their grievance – that is their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. But their request to restrict others' religious freedom is unconstitutional. And it is on that basis of the council members' First Amendment rights that they (and any other requests like this one across our land) ought to be forthright denied as unconstitutional. It is the constitutional right of all civic leaders and groups to include prayer as a constituent of their meetings.
Take some time and read God Bless the atheists!

4 comments:

Darron S said...

Hrmmm... Then perhaps in public meetings in public owned places, such as city council meetings, I should ask that all Satanists in attendence please be given a moment of silence so that we can all say a prayer to Satan. And all the Muslims can ask for a minute to pray to Allah, and we'll set aside some time for prayer to Zeus and Thor of course, and Baal and Sheeva, Aphrodite, Yahweh, Set, Anubis, etc, etc, etc...

Or, how about we just leave prayer out of public meetings and take care of the business at hand. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Great read from Chuck! Thanks for posting it. That boy should run for president or V.P.!

Paul said...

Darron,
Thanks for stopping by. I would like to point out a couple of things. First, what Chuck Norris wrote about was how atheists wrongly use the first amendment.

Second, there is a difference between allowing free exercise of different beliefs and religions and staying true to your culture. If I was in India I would have no problem with public events opening up with a Hindu prayer. If I was in Iran I would understand why they would open up things with a prayer to Allah.

In this country we have a culture that is based on Christian values, and therefore it shouldn't be a surprise that we open things up with prayer to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean that the people can't decide to do otherwise (which is a freedom we have in this country), but we shouldn't feel like we have to be forced to do because we don't want to offend someone else.

Anonymous, maybe you are right. I recall another actor that made a pretty good president.

Anonymous said...

Samuel Skinner
Did you know that the phrase "cruel and unusual punishment" didn't originally bar torture? It bared the federal government from torturing you- it wasn't until later that the bill of rights covered states.

Don't knock something because it wasn't the original intention.

Our country is based on Roman and English common law. The values it is based on (if we look at the first two groups to land) are shortsighted greed and rabid religious fanaticism. The values of the revolutionaries where treasonous (twice- once against the King and the second against the confederation; only technically the second time).

Also, it is worth noting that the reason that prayer was originally taken out of school was conflict between Catholics and Protestants.

Then there is the exclusionary effect. These are public, government funded instances. They should be entirely secular. How would you feel if every baseball game started with the International? Or a recitation of the heroes of the revolution?

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