Matthew R. Perry

Atheists Tell Kentucky To Get God Out of Homeland Security

In Atheism, Religious Liberties on December 3, 2008 at 12:20 pm

CBSNews.com has a story on how an atheist group is suing the Commonwealth of Kentucky for acknowledging “God’s help” in homeland security. Edwin Kagin, national legal director of American Atheists, Inc., says, “It is one of the most egregiously and breathtakingly unconstitutional actions by a state legislature that I’ve ever seen.”

A plaque posted at the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort includes the Bible verse from Psalm 127, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain.”

I cannot say I’m surprised. But I also believe that this is consistent. Our nation has long left being a nation which holds to “In God We Trust.” The truth of God’s Word is clear, and history bears it out that once the leaders and influencers work to scrub God out of the conscience of its citizens, that nation becomes a greasy spot on the timeline of history.

May God shed His grace on us — but I fear His justice is at hand.

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  1. The issue in this case is not whether atheism is correct or wise or anything like that. The issue is whether the government, which serves and represents all Americans, should be endorsing one particular religion. Would you be comfortable with the Kentucky department of Homeland Security putting up a plaque that said, for instance, “The state of Kentucky recognizes that, ‘God’ being a nonexistent fairy tale, it is incumbent on every citizen to work toward the safety of the state.”? How about “The security of all citizens of Kentucky is owed to the divine protection of Muhammed, peace be upon him.”? May I trust that it is clear how outrageous and unconstitutional those statements would be?

    The lawsuit is not an attack on Christianity, it is a defense of secular government. Inasmuch as keeping religious endorsements out of government is in the interests of all citizens, Christian and non-Christian alike, the atheists in this case are in fact standing up for the rights of Christians.

  2. Shih Tzu:

    I understand everything you are saying, but my point of the article is the decided turn this country has taken to move God out of every vestige of government when it wasn’t a problem for the first 200 years of our country. Take a look at the state constitution’s preambles, look at the Founder’s words and their desire to have God inform decisions. Even John Jay, the Supreme Court’s first chief justice believed this. Our national motto is “In God We Trust.”

    I understand that there is some moral incentive to remove God from every vestige of our government. Atheists are not standing up for the rights of Christians or anyone else — they are working against the Founders intentions for this country that, like it or not, made it as strong as it is.

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