It's that time of year again. 'T'is the season to be jolly -- or, if you're an atheist activist, to throw a wet blanket over the holidays.
In California, long the birthplace of national trends, they succeeded in getting a federal judge to ban not only Nativity scenes, but also secular displays from Santa Monica's Palisades Park. Un-decking the public halls and squares is becoming our new national tradition, because equal-opportunity speech isn't good enough for self-righteous atheists. They won't rest until all remnants of our Judeo-Christian heritage are wiped clean from civic life in their quest for secular purity.
Ironically, not even "the world's most famous atheist," Richard Dawkins, the British evolutionary biologist who encourages atheists to "come out of the closet" and organize, advocates an unholy war against tradition. When it comes to Christmas, he once said in an interview that he's no "killjoy."
As many of us count our blessings this time of year, it's also worth counting the ironies and contradictions lost on killjoys who put their faith solely in government and the virtue of politicians. Here are a few.
1. Both believers and nonbelievers owe their freedoms, particularly the one about speech, to our founding deists, who declared the self-evident truth that "they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." Radical atheists flatly reject what the framers explicitly described as the source of their individual rights, yet they claim that those same men intended "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" to mean censoring all religious symbols and expression from public life.
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