A new organization, Defending Freedom Of Religion, Inc., (DFOR) has been launched with some very ambitious goals. DFOR hopes to stop judges from removing Ten Commandments plaques from courthouses, to get prayer back into public schools, and much more.
DFOR's primary goal is to get Atheism recognized as a religion, and to get NOTHING recognized as its symbol.
When judges remove Ten Commandments plaques, they think they are removing something, leaving nothing. But if DFOR gets its way they will realize that leaving nothing is actually leaving something else. Removing a plaque is removing a traditional religious symbol and replacing it with Atheism's religious symbol.
"The separation of church and state is an impossible ideal," says Ken Whitaker, founder of DFOR. "If you remove all religious symbols, and replace them all with Atheism's symbol, you are establishing Atheism as our official state religion."
So what's the answer? We must allow ALL religious symbols! Let's not "prohibit the free exercise thereof" of ANY religion! Picture it: Let's place a traditional Nativity scene on the courthouse steps, and a menorah, and other symbols from other religions, and let's reserve a big empty spot for the Atheists. The Atheists can look at their empty spot and know that their symbol is there for all to see. But they can't force our spot to be empty.
This changes everything:
Keeping some old Ten Commandments plaques because of their historic significance is not good enough. We want to keep ALL plaques BECAUSE they are religious! In fact, we can replace the plaques that have been removed, and even erect new ones!
DFOR, Christian Communication Network 26 Comments
[10/19/2005 12:00:00 AM]
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