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Nothing more tedious than the committed atheist

Oct. 2, 2012 at 10 p.m.

I have found over the years that committed atheists are among the most tedious people on Earth.

Not that I begrudge them their right to practice the religion and, yes, committed atheism is a religion, a belief system that is far more rigorous in guarding its purity than most Christian denominations have ever been or will ever be.

There's a big difference between committed atheists and those who casually don't believe in a higher power, which is fine, too. Lord knows, er, uh, goodness knows, it is all a matter of personal choice and I would not have it any other way.

Committed atheists, on the other hand, would have it another way.

They are trying to do just that in Kountze, a town about the size of Waskom, near the Big Thicket in East Texas.

Cheerleaders at the school had this idea to write Bible verses on banners that the Kountz football team would run through at the beginning of each game. It is not an idea that I particularly like, to shred Bible verses in the name of sport, but, hey, if they like it, I wish them all the best..

It is not fine with the committed atheists in town, who decided that the action violated their right to "freedom from religion." Of course, there is no such right as outlined in the Constitution or anywhere else.

The Constitution does say, though, that the state cannot establish any sort of religion or stop anyone from worshipping their god anyway they wish. The committed atheists say that having cheerleaders post banners of Bible verses was tantamount to the school district establishing a religion.

Oh, beans.

I deeply believe in government not getting involved in religion in any way. I don't want the principal of school to pray over the loud speaker every morning. That is not, as some argue, taking prayer out of school. Students can pray all they want in school, every day, all day and no one can stop them. Nothing has ever changed that and nothing can change it.

But committed atheists would love to change it and change the minds of students. They would love to have you believe exactly as they do and, what's more, they tend to get angry if you don't.

So a group of committed atheists is suing Kountz trying to get the Bible verses taken down. Though most of the verses have been from the Christian New Testament, Jewish people are not suing, Muslims are not suing, just committed atheists.

(As a side note, if cheerleaders can put up Bible verses, it stands to reason that Muslims can put up verses from the Koran and that any other religion could be represented on banners. Freedom of religion means just that.)

Committed atheists have also tried to get "under God" taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance and "in God we trust" taken off money.

Frankly, I don't need the few dollars I have in my pocket to remind me who to trust, but it is just patently silly to be raising a fuss about this when there are so many actual problems to worry about.

Committed atheists don't worry about your immortal soul (they would suggest you don't have one), but they do worry intensely about how you spend your days on Earth. It gives them great angst to see how you are "deluding" yourself.

I once had a committed atheist ask me this question: "How can a person who is as intelligent as you are believe in God?"

The arrogance implied in that question is typical of the committed atheist. In their eyes, believer = stupid and committed atheist = brilliant.

That may be what is at the heart of the suit in Kountz. They want to make sure our students get the proper education.

Believe what you want to believe, which includes nothing at all. You have the right to do that, but you don't have the right to be so tedious. At least not with my time.



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