Insights through Illusion for Daily Living

Standing Strong


One of the trends that I’ve noticed lately for atheists, mainly the FFRF, to do is to attack a small town usually in the South, for “violating the 1st amendment.” The problems with this are multiple, but let’s deal with just the glaring one.

As they say here in the south, “They don’t have a dog in that hunt!” We are talking about a group based out of Wisconsin who’s entire purpose is to wipe religion (gee I wonder which one…) off the map. They don’t just want an equality of viewpoints, but merely a complete and utter obliteration of Christianity. They attack a small town over some trumped up “complaint” and threaten to sue either a school district, or city council. They use this tactic not because they have any legal legs to stand on, but because they know it’s an effective fear tactic. They know that most of these targets would rather quietly bow to their wishes than have a media backlash.

Behind the Scenes Goliath…

Now I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence if I never even looked into what they claim or profess. However I have. I listen to numerous debates between atheists and Christians. One such popular opponent in these debates is none other than Dan Barker, a very prominent member of the FFRF.

The problem with using him as your go to debater…he’s not very good. I don’t say this in a biased way, but in all fairness he is a terrible debater who basically says the same thing over and over ad nausea. I don’t mean by this he sticks to his guns, but rather he pulls out an irritating and easily defeated point, yet trumpets it about like it’s some unheard of wisdom granted just to him, but when confronted with a more learned Greek student (by many years)…he’s right every time and they are just mistaken every time.

Really? That’s the best argument?


Anyway back from that rabbit trail. I mention all of this to say this. Yesterday Todd Starnes posted a story about a school district in Cullman, Wiscon….no wait that’s wrong, Cullman, Alabama (right in the FFRF’s back yard….) being threatened by the FFRF for what’s known as the prayer caravan. Basically private citizens on their own volition go to each campus during the summer and stand on public outdoor property and pray for the students. How hideous! How vile!

Here is the story:

Yeah that’s it. That’s all they do, yet somehow that’s a violation against the 1st amendment?

Anyway the Superintendent is not caving, is not backing down from these tyrannical atheist bullies, but rather saying, “get over it.” Now that’s what I’m talking about! Stand strong. Yes we are going to be persecuted, and mocked for His namesake, but we are also called to be salt and light. Salt in a wound is not comfortable. Light shined into the darkness hurts people’s eyes at first, but when adjusted to it, that light can grow!

Stand strong when the enemy attacks, don’t back down. Paul, Peter, James, and the others stood strong even unto death. Do I think that’s where we are headed in the near future? No, but if we live with the mindset of, “I’m not backing down” we can do great things for the kingdom.

4 responses

  1. Tony Miller

    Of course you know we are on opposite sides of the religious coin.

    Based on what I have read online so far I don’t see this as a legal issue. It all depends on who is organizing and running the event. If Billy Coleman or the Board of Education is organizing the event then we have a legal issue where the school board is promoting one religion over others or the lack of. If the parents are doing this and it is being organized by non-school board members/employees then it is not a legal issue. From what I read no students are required to attend and there is no penalty for any that don’t. Keep in mind I’m looking at the legal view of the event, not a moral view.

    My moral view is different. From a moral view I don’t support the event. Having grown up in the South I have a general idea that Christianity is the popular religion. I also know that people of other faiths or lack of faith tend to find themselves in quite uncomfortable situations. This is especially true for kids. Kids are cruel to each other. We think adults with bombs and guns are bad leading a country? Ha! Give a teen access to that much power and see what happens. Being out numbered there are people everywhere living quietly and uncomfortably because they are afraid to speak out. Yes, even in Cullman, AL. I know a family of atheists there that don’t talk about their lack of faith in public because they are worried about reactions. They smile, sit through prayers and keep their mouths closed. Not a fun way to live.

    July 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    • I 100% see where you are coming from. I think you and I agree on that last paragraph more so as well. The feeling of this family your talking about is not something that needs to be fostered (uncomforted and unwelcome feeling). As Christians we should be reaching out to others without an ulterior motive that tends to make people leery. Much like the internet has become the comfortable home for vocal atheists, we should make the discussion friendly to all viewpoints. That after all is what true tolerance really is. For instance you and I get along splendidly even though I’m right 😉

      I think more honest and calm discussion should take place on both sides, and we would see headway.

      Hope you are doing great man!

      July 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  2. Tony Miller

    I’m hanging in here. Looking forward to the “Bryan Drake Jr is here!” post.

    Honest and calm will always be a challenge because you will always have people on both sides that want to grandstand.

    July 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    • Dude you’ve totally inspired part 2. The Jonesboro Baptist side of the coin.

      July 30, 2013 at 10:55 pm

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