“And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper” (Romans 1:28)
After following the discussion in Mary’s Xanga about atheists petitioning to remove “In God We Trust” from US currency, I wrote her a long comment, but I thought that perhaps I should write it here instead…
It is a known fact that you cannot satisfy everyone.
From the surface, removing “In God We Trust” from US currency seems to be “objective” and would “avoid offending” people who don’t believe in God and yet let them feel American. However, all this talk about keeping prayers from schools, taking down plagues with the Ten Commandments, etc. sends an even more offensive message, and the message is that talking about God is not appropriate in the public. It’s treated as a taboo on the same level of sexual harassment in the office.
Of course the popular argument is that everyone is entitled to believe in what they believe in. Consider this though: either deity exists or there is no deity. Obviously, some people are believing in the wrong thing… I call that “living a lie.” Are Christians living a lie or are atheists living a lie? If we don’t have a public forum to talk about it, how else can we keep ourselves or others from living a lie? And do people really comprehend the stakes and the consequences of living a lie? Pretty soon, if we go down the path of removing “In God We Trust”, we will not be able to talk about beliefs anymore. We must educate people that talking about beliefs or about angels or about God is not an offensive thing.
Christians can also make the same case that “evolution pseudo-science” and “care-free sexual behaviors and alternative lifestyles” should not be freely promoted in schools. Nowadays, educators believe that kids at a young age are taught that homosexual behavior is ok, so that they have a “choice” to become gays if they want to. If atheists can accept that, the same can be said that we should teach both evolution and creation in the school. And we should teach young kids how to choose their belief in God and in religion. But of course atheists don’t want that.
To come to the bottom of it, what atheists think is that the “least common denominator” is to not mention God. Here’s where I disagree, and I believe that the “best common denominator” is to educate/equip people to know that God could exist, and let each person choose what he/she thinks about God.
What is your stance on this issue?