Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Atheists Against God

In an article posted on WorldNetDaily.com, American Atheists President Ellen Johnson says, "[Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and President Bush] should not be violating the Constitution by telling people to pray for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It's unconstitutional for government officials to be promoting religion; and besides, judging from the speed of some relief efforts, officials should be busy working instead of preaching."

Can the situation in dealing with this disaster get any more ridiculous? Well . . . yes, as the article goes on to report that Johnson's colleague Dave Silverman, the communications director for American Atheists, takes God to task for causing the loss of thousands of lives both in the Asian tsunami last year and with Hurricane Katrina last week.

"It appears that despite all of the outbursts of public religiosity and prayer, 'God' was once again asleep at the wheel," he said. "Only human beings can deal with the calamities of the natural world. God doesn't seem to be much help when it comes to rushing food, water, or antibiotics when people are suffering."

Here's a question to pose to your old college philosophy professor: Can you criticize God if you don't actually believe in Him?

Johnson and Silverman's group is also discouraging fellow atheists from donating money to Bible-carrying relief organizations that might happen to pray for hurricane victims as they help them.


At Wednesday, September 07, 2005 5:06:00 AM, Anonymous Alexander Samuels said...

It is not unconstitutional for our government officials to ask people to pray for hurricane victims. This is a blantant lie to create fear in those who hold public office to keep them from making similar requests. Now if Methodism was adopted by the federal government as our national religion, that would be a violation of the constitution.

For Dave silverman to talk about blaming a god who he says he does not believe in for Hurricane Katrina is a violation of his own principles. Something cannot be there and not there at the same time. It's like saying there is no God but it is His fault that this happened. You can't have it both ways.

At Wednesday, September 07, 2005 8:50:00 AM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

I forgot to give a hat tip to Robert L. Cobb at News! For Christians for this item.

At Wednesday, September 07, 2005 12:38:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

It will be a terrible, terrible day, Judgement Day, when those Atheists are standing in front of the Judge they don't believe in. I'm not making fun of them here-it will be unable to put in words horrible for them. And totally unnessesary-Christ calls to all, offering the Gift of Salvation, and is spurned and rejected by His own creations. Pray for your athiest friends and family.

At Wednesday, September 07, 2005 4:40:00 PM, Blogger Tim said...

"Only human beings can deal with the calamities of the natural world." It appears that Silverman is out of touch with reality as well as out of touch with God. Where on earth (literally) are human beings dealing effectively with the calamities of the natural world? Human beings were killed by the thousands in both recent natural disasters. Silverman looks foolish in the role of man shaking his fist in the face of God
("because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty, defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield." - Job 15:25-26). He says "Ha! I don't believe in you, anyway!" Then why waste his breath accusing God of being ineffectual? If man is so powerful in dealing with the forces of nature then I will accept that it was mans fault that the hurricane and the tsunami struck. I charge mankind with murder and I hold the American Atheists culpable for not doing more to stop the crime. They saw it coming, as did we all, and did nothing to prevent it. They are guilty of homicide by inaction. Let them pay the penalty for their crimes, which they are compounding by stifling relief efforts.

At Friday, September 09, 2005 11:23:00 AM, Blogger Dymphna said...

Wish I could find the link now, but I read yesterday that some publisher of Bibles is giving a huge cash donation and is also sending Bibles to be distributed by those who want them.

You can imagine the outcry. Ridiculous when you consider the number of churches in LA and MS. The Baptists and the Catholics -- which it mostly is down there --would be quite happy to have a replacement for the one that is buried under toxic sludge.

I guess we're not allowed to have comfort our own way, it also has to pass some peecee test.

At Saturday, September 10, 2005 11:31:00 PM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

Dymphna, here's the link I believe you are referring to. It's to a post from September 1 from Michael Hyatt's blog, Working Smart. Michael is the president and chief executive officer of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as this post states, his company has donated 100,000 Bibles and has promised to match employee contributions up to $50,000 to go toward relief efforts.

And you are right about there being an outcry; just read some of the comments to his post.


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