The angry atheists in the Freedom From Religion Foundation are back at it again, demanding that a high school in Alabama stop it’s “religious themed” marching band shows during halftime at Friday night games.
Gee, aren’t these delightful individuals just oozing tolerance, acceptance, and compassion from their precious little pores? Yeah, not so much. In fact, you’ll likely never come across a more angry, agitated, spiteful group of people than those who are in the FFRF.
These folks just don’t seem to grasp the concept of the First Amendment and want to interpret it their own way, rather than in accord with the interpretation the Founders had, which would be original intent.
Here’s the details on this absurdity via TheBlaze:
The FFRF said the Leeds High School marching band’s show resembles a Christian church service, with church pews set up on the football field.
— AL.com (@aldotcom) October 3, 2017
In addition, the band plays hymns such as “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” “I Saw the Light,” “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and “Amazing Grace,” AL.com reported.
“Seeing the pews on the field with little crosses on them … was really more than them showing religious music,” Chris Line, an FFRF legal fellow, told WBMA-TV. “It was clearly meant to evoke a Christian worship service that you’ll see on Sunday in a church.”
FFRF officials told AL.com a “concerned local parent” contacted them about the issue and claimed the band director told band members who don’t support the show that they can “drop out of band.”
“The band director’s actions are way over the line,”
“We have submitted the FFRF’s complaint to the [school] Board’s attorney for review,” Leeds City Schools Superintendent John J. Moore told AL.com. “We do not have plans to stop the show.”
Leeds High School Principal Brent Shaw added to WBMA that the show is “not meant in any way to offend anyone or try to convert anybody to Christianity.”
Time to go to school, dear angry atheists.
The whole concept of the separation of church and state has little to nothing to do with keeping religion or the public expression thereof out of the public sphere. It had everything to do with keeping the federal government from choosing a specific CHRISTIAN denomination to be the official church of the United States of America.
Like the Church of England in Britain for example.
The concept itself is found nowhere in the Constitution. Not at all. It was first mentioned in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, where again, the focus was on the federal government not choosing an official denomination for everyone to attend.
In fact, many states back in the day actually did choose a denomination to back, and that was perfectly acceptable according to the Constitution. Also, if you look at almost all of the state constitutions both from the time of our founding even up to today, you’ll find most of them are Christian in nature, mentioning God and sometimes Jesus specifically.
That also was not a violation of the Constitution.
It’s impossible for one’s religious beliefs — yes, Mr. Atheist, you have religious beliefs too. Secular humanism/science is a system of beliefs about the world, mankind, ect. that in turn informs your behavior — not to impact how they govern once in a position of power.
Would not an atheist seek to implement their worldview, supposedly based on naturalism, on others? Do not atheists work toward “evangelizing” people to their belief system? I mean, whenever I talk with an atheist they attempt to make fun of me for following Jesus, belittling my faith, calling me silly and saying I believe in fairy tales.
Why say these things if what I believe is of no consequence to them? Because they want me to acknowledge their beliefs and convert, even though they claim otherwise. Only instead of appealing to reason and evidence they just result to name calling, hoping peer pressure will be enough to get the job done.
It would be nice if atheists would be intellectually honest and just say they want everyone to think and believe what they believe. But that isn’t likely to happen.