Atheists are all agitated and upset about the inclusion of “so help me God”, and a prayer at President-Elect Obama’s inaugeration later this month. I’m listening to Laura Ingraham‘s program and she is speaking with Michael Newdow, who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of atheists.
“We’re hoping to stop prayer and religious rituals at governmental functions, especially at the inauguration,” Don Barker, president of Freedom From Religion Foundation stated to FOX News.
Well, hmmmm…..So, do you think these folks are offended by the Declaration of Independence? It mentions God a time or two. They want so badly for this to be a secular country, they just can’t stand that it isn’t. They ignore history, and the plain truth that this country was founded by believers in God, and the language of the Declaration of Independence reflects that.
People like Michael Newdow are tiresome to listen to. He can’t answer the question, “how does this harm you?” He can’t answer because there isn’t an answer. It doesn’t harm him. He just doesn’t like it.
More and more people are confusing “I don’t like it” with “that is offensive, or harmful to me.” Not liking something is not the same thing as it being offensive to you. We are beginning to use “offend” in all things, and are forgetting that sometimes we might just “dislike” it. There are many things I don’t like, but I think I recognize the difference when something is truly offensive to me, and when I just don’t like it.
Michael Newdow is not offensive to me. I don’t like listening to him, nor do I agree with his premise. But he is not offensive to me because I just brush him off like a gnat, and go on about my day. See the difference? His beliefs are not mine, but his beliefs are not harmful to me.
My beliefs, and the beliefs of about 80% or more of the American people should not be offensive to him either. My suggestion to him would be to find a new hobby, or take up gardening, and just ignore all those “offensive and harmful” references to God in our daily culture in this country.
How unfortunate for him, to be born in this country. (sarcasm, for those of you who don’t know me) The irony is, these atheists are safe and free to NOT believe as they wish, because of all the believers who founded, fought for, and built this country.
As I said, he and his statements are not offensive nor harmful to me. But I’m watching. Closely. Just to make sure that these statements don’t start to take hold. Then it will be harmful to me, and I will begin my own fight. I suspect many of you will join in that fight to keep God in our language and our culture.