The battle for the public schools continues. In the blue corner holding origin of species we have the Atheists; and in the red corner holding the Bible we have the Christians. The current title holders within the public schools are the Atheists. They have skillfully kicked God out of public schools and are working on kicking Him out of all public areas in the United States. Apparently judges have not noticed the phrase between the prohibition against the establishment of an official religion and freedom of speech, within the constitution. This little known right would be the right to freely exercise ones religion. Perhaps it isn't in their copy. Perhaps someone edited it to indicate that such expression couldn't be on public property. At any rate, the Atheists have seized this convenient blindness and have been waging a fairly successful war on God within the public arena.
It didn't surprise me when a somewhat recent Slashdot post caused several written brawls. One thing I found interesting about it was the heavy opposition to a comment calling Atheism a religion. In fact, a rather humorous remark was made to emphasize their point of how ridiculous the claim is.
"If atheism is a religion, then not collecting stamps is a hobby."
This was funny and sounded almost as if it worked but it wasn't truly a correct analogy to atheism. If my hobby was collecting stamps, and you did absolutely nothing, then you could correctly state you do not have a hobby. However, if you spent your time trying to disqualify the merits of my hobby then it could be said that your hobby would be just that.
If you have no religious preference at all, and are completely neutral in every way, then you can claim to have no religious affiliation. But, the second you make a claim regarding a god or spirituality you have entered the realm of religious expression. Atheism is not neutral ground. It is a claim to know something about God. God does not exist. They tout it all over the world. They believe that they are the holders of ultimate truth. Agnostics also make a claim. It is not possible to know if a god exists. To make such a statement indicates that you yourself know that God is not knowable. There are several religions that claim the existence of a god. Among this group are Christians and they claim not only that a god exists but that He is knowable. All claim to hold some truth regarding a god. Who should we favor? Not one of those positions is neutral ground. Neutral ground is having absolutely no opinion on God or spiritual matters.
The Atheist, like the Christian, wants their view of God to be the prominent view. They lobby heavily to keep any competitive viewpoints out of the minds of our nations children and they do quite a good job. It does not surprise me that they do not wish intelligent design taught in schools. They believe fervently that their view of God is the correct one. If Christians were able to remove Atheistic thought from the public schools they would. Christians feel that those that do not know Christ will spend eternity in pain and suffering. Can you blame them for trying to save as many people from that fate as possible? For those that truly believe it isn't about producing numbers on Sunday but saving people from pain and agony. They do this by sharing that truth to those whom they have contact with. How dare they. And the Atheists, well, they are fighting for the monkey in all of us. Right?