Friday, November 13, 2009

"Yes Virginia There is No God"

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Here they come. Their message is on the side of a public bus near you. I have linked a picture sent in by one of our readers.

The "Virginia" signs coincide with the Freedom From Religion Foundation's national convention being held in Seattle this weekend.

Obviously their signs are a play off the now famous answer to a question posed by an 8-year-old to the old New York Sun newspaper which said, "Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says 'if you see it in the Sun, it's so.' Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?"
The Sun's editorial response became historic: "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."

Dan Barker, yes, that Dan Barker, founder of the Wisconsin based Freedom From Religion Foundation and the person who placed the atheist placard beside the Nativity in the Capitol in Olympia last Christmas, says fellow atheists and so-called "free thinkers" celebrate the winter solstice and see Christianity as an intruder, trying to steal the national holiday from "all of us humans."

Some thoughts on the Christian heist being perpetrated on "all us humans" and a glance at freedom of speech. Is speech more free for some than others?

When anti-God billboards started appearing in the Seattle area a year or so ago, the Seattle Times called me and asked if I had seen them, and if so what I thought about them.

I had seen them. I don't like them. I like pro-God signs.

However, America, in her greatness, protects freedom of speech or freedom of expression. Our Founders recognized that freedom and certain rights come from God, not government. Men and women have given their lives to defend those freedoms.

These freedoms, given by God, extend to those who believe in Him and those who do not. Therein is the greatness of this country.

Go to a Muslim country, paste a sign on a bus---any bus, that says, "Yes Virginia There Is No Allah," and you will not have to be troubled about any intrusion from Christians celebrating Christmas. Or stealing "solstice".

America's greatness lies in the understanding penned by our Founders in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. "We hold these truths to be self-evident," they wrote, "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights"---among those rights, articulated in the Constitution and it's First Amendment is that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of; or abridging the freedom of speech..."

Those who practice the tenants of atheism claim it is not a religion, however, it certainly functions like one.

Our judicial system is extra ordinarily careful not to allow "inappropriate" free expression of the Christian beliefs.

Just last year, the South Carolina state legislature approved a bill to establish a Christian-themed license plate depicting a cross in front of a stained glass window and bearing the words, "I Believe".

There was an outcry from atheist groups, it went to court and the "I Believe" plate was declared in violation of the First Amendment.

The freedom to pay extra for a plate that says "I Believe" violates the First Amendment.

The freedom to pay for a sign to be placed on a government owned bus that says there is no God, or, "I Don't Believe" is protected under the First Amendment.

For those who live in the Seattle area and see the buses bearing the message, remember: While not believing in the God who granted them the right to express themselves, they are practicing His provision, protected by a government based on Christian principles.

In their non-belief and "free thinking," they may be closer to Him than they realize. If not, why are they protesting so much?

When you see the signs, smile and pray for them.

Final suggestion: Don't steal solstice. Express yourself. God reigns. Merry Christmas.


Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. It seems to me that any bus company that would display anything such as this that goes against our maker on their bus
    would have no sense.

    Maybe it only happens on public buses.

    Something is very wrong in America. Something has gone very wrong. Something is very contrary to the purpose of our constitution. Something is out to steal, kill, and to destroy. Something is using people. Some people are willing to be employed by whatever that is. They will not be able to live on it's wages.

  2. Very well done. Thank you. You are on the mark.

  3. This is a good title for my sermon this coming Sunday.


  4. Seems to be the in thing. Strange culture we live in. I would be cautious to the reaction though . Its what makes these folks appear bigger then they are . Also the other nuts just start following them and donating to them . Rumor has it it is how the democratic party started . ;o)


  5. Now if only you could have the same attitude about same-sex marriage.

    Maybe once the Supreme Court rules that denying same-sex couples violates the US Constitution, you will?

  6. Great article, but I think they can keep solstice ;) It's easy for non-christians to equate Jesus with the myth level of santa clause when the christians are busy celebrating pagan holidays like Easter and Christmas, and it's very hard to defend against that area of mockery - because on that topic, they're right. If he really was the God of Christmas or Easter, he would be eerily similar to all the other carbon copy incarnate sun gods vying for their attention.

    But on freedoms of speech, this article is right on.

  7. Something is out to steal, kill, and to destroy.

    Anon 8:52

    That would would be the religious right - they have been doing it for a long time culminating in the murder of the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ. They do it today by deception, e.g. "Death Panels" to deny health care to children and other needy people all the while proping up the industral oligarchy who are stealing are country blind and destroying the fabric of the American people. These are the very individuals James exposed in Jas 5:1ff (ever read what James thoughts were on the wealthy... nope, not in right wing literature you won't - the Word of God is offensive the right - only their ideology is used to make disciples).


  8. This is a good title for my sermon this coming Sunday.

    Pastor - With all due respect, if you have stoop to this for sermon material, you need to find another way of making money....

    I would be happy to advise if you wish.

  9. Seems to be the in thing.

    Come, come Mick.... 25% of this country is right wing Evangelical - that is why the facist grip is still so strong, the ignorance rampant and the deception nearly universal in all matters.

    BTW - ever really done a history study on the orgins of the Democratic - and the Republican parties??

    Not that it ultimately matters what they were - or, even what they are, since neither is very represenative.


  10. It's clear that some people want the children. They want to tell the children that there is no God.
    They want to tell the children that a man is as good as a woman for a wife and though they can't understand why, only a woman can have a baby, but they're working on that too.

    Since we live in a spiritual world, what is that spirit behind what people do, and what will be their end?

    And they think Christians are nuts?

    In the beginning God made everything good and put man in a garden. Though in this garden there was something evil, God warned them of it. He did that because he loved them. God let the evil exist there because he is love, and because he loves freedom.

    As a people let's be careful with what we do with the freedoms God has given us in America. Let's not destroy all that he has done for us because of our foolishness,
    disobedience, wickedness, and call that freedom. It's not freedom, it's stupidity. It ends in destruction, for God will burn up everything that is of no value
    while he saves his living stones.

    May God save America for many future generations. Every generation will have to stand up, speak up, and work to save it from destruction, lest it be destroyed for it's evil ways.

    Yes, there is a devil loose on America, and yes Jesus is real.
    Yes, Jesus died to save sinners.
    Yes, sinners killed him. Yes, Jesus forgave them. Yes, God raised him from the dead. Yes, God
    made him lord over all. Yes, we all will see him. Yes, he will separate the sheep from the goats.
    Yes, we must repent of our sins that we know of. Yes, he will let us know what we need to know to be saved. Yes, Jesus is the good shepherd.

  11. James wasn't against a man having the liberty to work, invest, build, plant, or otherwise by all the things that are of the hand of God to use and to prosper, but is against oppression which often comes through those that are rich in the things of this world.

    It's not easy to be a believing politician or voter who is to not
    compromise with the things of this world, yet is to make the best decisions.

    God help us all in this, in Jesus' name.

  12. "The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."

  13. This is an Adolf Hitler quote.

    Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell,
    Franklin Graham or any number of
    Christian leaders could have said this.

    We should question rhetoric that says Us and them. Rhetoric that promotes fear in us of them.

    "The National Government will regard it as its first and foremost duty to revive in the nation the spirit of unity and cooperation. It will preserve and defend those basic principles on which our nation has been built. It regards Christianity as the foundation of our national morality, and the family as the basis of national life."

  14. Dear Ralph,

    When you see Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham, or any number of Christian leaders murdering 6 million Jews, give me a call.

    The public figure I see these days who reminds me (in economic policy) of Adolph Hitler currently occupies the White House. And BTW his attitude toward Israel looks more Hitler-esque than any President I've ever seen, and I was born in 1959.

  15. Anon 5:03

    I was born in 1957 and you are more full of baloney than anyone except the entertainers on the radio....

    May I suggest genuine submission to Jesus Christ rather than silly, ignorant, partisan pot-shots that simply cheapen your own character?


  16. I'm glad the Seattle transit dept allowed the signs. It's a free country of free thinkers. We all need to respect that. Not everyone is a Christian, and not everyone believes in any religion. To each their own I guess. Everyone needs to be careful of judging too harshly.


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