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We can't let atheists go unchallenged 

Santa Maria

Why is Atheists United going after the Pismo Beach City Council (“Pismo panned over public prayers,” July 5)? Atheists don’t believe in God in any form, so why are they challenging the use of invocations, a concept they don’t believe in? If one does not believe in something, most people ignore the item and get on with life.

If atheists don’t believe in any god, why would they insist that an invocation be all inclusive—not differentiating between one person’s god and another? Either they acknowledge God exists, or they don’t.

Are atheists super citizens, concerned about the separation of church and state, and about the letter of the law? The separation of church and state has been passionately debated for more than 200 years. There are still questions regarding interpretation.

The first amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Congress can’t prohibit the free exercise of religion, but it seems atheists are trying.

Atheists fear all references to religion because religion undercuts their position as “free thinkers.” “Free thinkers” believe they have the edge over religious wisdom—believing atheist wisdom far superior.

I have looked at the atheist movement and determined they are self righteous—confident in their own wisdom, and selfish—wanting to deny others the right to believe in God. Religion offers hope. Atheism offers freedom from conscience, but no hope. Atheists are in essence, assassins of hope. God help us if they go unchallenged.

 

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