By Ryan Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation
Godless. Apparently, it’s a growing trend these days. In the 60s, America was fighting godless racism within our borders and godless Communism overseas. We were also fighting a godless, drug-filled, narcissistic sexual revolution refusing to accept transcendent morality, that found a leader in famed atheist, Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
As an attorney, she led a public crusade against what she regarded as society’s most potent evil—prayer. In the 1963 case of Murray vs. Curlett, she successfully convinced the Supreme Court to ban prayer from public schools. That’s not where the story ends. She spawned a movement that would get publicity like never before, thanks to her provocative obscenity-laced PR, and a media establishment that was growing more antagonistic toward religion. She founded American Atheists, an organization hell-bent on proclaiming God doesn’t exist. (They’re especially fun during Christmastime.) She praised Margaret Sanger and denounced religious objections to abortion-on-demand. She also, in typical atheistic boundaryless form, became the chief speech writer for porn titan Larry Flynt in his bid for the Presidency of the United States. Her son—William J. Murray—ironically, runs a organization that fights for religious freedom and family-based legislation. O’Hair claimed that she had post-natally aborted her son because of his conversion to Christianity and that he was “beyond human forgiveness.”
Atheism has some serious grudges. Recently, in my home state, American Atheists revealed one of these grudges by placing a billboard in Harrisburg denouncing the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible”. One local area newspaper even absurdly suggested (through an interviewee) that the organization could be charged with a hate crime. I’m used to mainstream media hyperbole. I’m an advocate of free (non-violence inciting) speech. They’re free to spew their animus of God, Christianity or any other religion other than their own faith—atheism. I don’t find the billboard racist, just laughable. The message is both historically and scripturally challenged.
But that’s not the bigger story. Ernest Perce, the American Atheist’s PA director responsible for the billboard, also mentioned something that’s more troubling. He promoted the upcoming “Reason Rally”—touted as the largest secular gathering ever in world history. (They’ve obviously never been to a Madonna concert.) American Atheists and the American Humanist Association (AHA), which consider themselves part of the same movement, are the two major organizations behind this rally of atheists, secularists, humanists and “free-thinkers”.
They’re free to gather, protest, offend, or simply defend their dogma like any American, thanks to our First Amendment rights. What they can’t do, however, is escape history. We are a country, contrary to many atheists’ historical impairment, founded upon biblical principles that are infused throughout many founding fathers’ writings, including the Declaration of Independence. The AHA’s Humanist Manifesto I and II attempt to excise our country’s Judeo-Christian underpinnings and replace them with their recycled religion of humanism.
What I find striking in the 1973 Humanist Manifesto II is those who signed this frequently self-contradicting credo: Alan F. Guttmacher (then President of Planned Parenthood), Norman Fleishmann (VP of Planned Parenthood), Lawrence Lader (of what is now known as NARAL Prochoice America), Betty Friedan (first president of pro-abortion National Organization for Women) and Faye Wattleton (first black President of Planned Parenthood). It makes sense when the manifesto declares abortion a right, overpopulation a crisis, and not just the separation of church and state but the “separation of ideology and state”.
It’s easier to push a pro-abortion ideology to a Godless nation. Faye Wattleton candidly acknowledged, during her reign at Planned Parenthood: “I think we have deluded ourselves into believing that people don’t know that abortion is killing. So any pretense that abortion is not killing is a signal of our ambivalence, a signal that we cannot say yes, it kills a fetus, but it is the woman’s body, and therefore ultimately her choice.”
It’s just so much easier to kill when you get that morality obstacle out of the way.
The AHA awarded her with their Humanist of the Year award. Other notable recipients are NOW’s Betty Friedan and the political left’s most celebrated eugenist and mother of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.
Planned Parenthood’s history and present is rife with animosity toward Christianity unless the abortion giant can use religious folk to justify the mutilation of human life. American Atheists and the AHA believe that modernity is better served without religion. In fact, the AHA’s motto is “Good Without A God”.
No thanks. I’m an advocate for the marriage of reason and faith in a world where moral absolutes still exist. I’d rather have a society, served by a non-theocratic government, that was compelled to love others because of a belief in Someone or Something higher than ourselves. We should fear a society that is devoid of God where our humanity is arbitrarily and constantly redefined by those, like Madalyn O’Hair, who celebrate pornography, abortion, and ambiguity.