Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sheriff’s ad draws atheist ire -

    Sheriff Ed Brown of Jacksonville, NC. wrote, and paid for an article to be published in the Jacksonville Daily News, a local paper.  Sheriff Brown is a deeply caring and religious person, and his article was a statement of his own opinion regarding America's turning away from God, and the ramifications of that turning away.  The article was clearly targeted toward believers in God.  As a matter of fact, the first three words of the third paragraph of his letter are:  My fellow believers.  The letter obviously comes from Sheriff Browns heart, and it made no demands on anyone of any religious, or non-religious persuasion.  It was simply a letter from the Sheriff encouraging self examination, which we all need to do, more often than not.  Re-directing our individual moral compass to lead us in the proper direction is necessary, now and again, wouldn't you agree?
  It appears however, that a group calling themselves the Freedom From Religion foundation, has taken offense to Sheriff Brown's article.  They (the foundation) state that because Sheriff Brown is in fact a Sheriff, then his article violates the "separation of church and state".  I think it is time the foundation re-read the Constitution's first amendment.  There is no mention of separation of church and state.  It does mention however that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."  Sheriff Brown's published article did not ESTABLISH a religion, and by this 1st Amendment, Sheriff Brown has a right to his freedom of religion and his freedom of speech, and the newspaper has the right to print Sheriff Brown's article.  The space in the newspaper was bought and paid for from Sheriff Brown's own finances, so where's the rub that has the Freedom From Religion foundation's feathers all ruffled up?
  As you know this Blog is totally the opinion of this writer, it is my right under the Constitution to write, at least so far, anyway.  I have come to the conclusion that Atheists, as a whole are deathly afraid of the conviction Christians have upon those who do not believe.  It appears that Atheists are huge champions and proponents of "freedom of speech", unless it comes from believers in God.  Atheists seem to believe that only they can be right, therefore, everyone else is wrong.  Atheists have no hesitation when it comes to calling believers idiots, fools and numerous other insults, because, that is, in actuality, their only defense.  Atheists can not prove there is no God, and they can not understand how believers believe through faith alone.  It must be truly frightening to suddenly come to the conclusion that this life is all there is, that there is no here-after, no salvation, that when one's life comes to an end that you just cease to exist.  Perhaps that's why Atheists have this penchant to discount faith and God, and the need to pull others into this live for today because this is all there is, kind of lifestyle.  I imagine, and justifiably so, that the Atheist doesn't want to leave this world, and then just never be.  He doesn't want to die alone, he's frightened and needs the support of other non-believers to sort of escort him into nothingness.  Sad, isn't it?
  By the same token, as a Christian, I would certainly love to see all the Atheists come to Christ, but I know that won't happen.  So I can only plant seeds, and God makes them grow.  We, as our founding fathers so eloquently put it were born with certain inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I believe that Atheists have the right to live their lives according to their own choosing, that they have the liberty and freedom to go anywhere and practice their non-faith as they please, and pursue their happiness that way.  I do not believe, that a believers right to practice and profess his faith in God in a public forum, infringes upon the rights of the Atheist to disbelieve.  I believe that the right of a minority to disbelieve is equal to the right of the majority to believe if they so choose.  If an Atheist doesn't wish to conform, then he/she shouldn't have too.  However, the Atheist does NOT have the right to demand that all people give up their right to believe, anymore than a Christian has the right to demand an Atheist  come to Christ and believe in God.  The choice is theirs after all, we have free will, do we not?  Unfortunately for the Atheists, they live in a country that was founded, and is well documented, on Judeo-Christian principles.  We are one nation under God, and our form of Government will only work if there is an inherent belief in Divine Providence.  Without faith in the Creator, our form of Government will not stand.  These are just the plain and simple facts.  
  We, as a nation are blessed as our population of professed Atheists are minimal. The problem we do have however, is that we are allowing the minority dictate to the majority.  That destructive practice must come to a halt.  If one chooses to not believe in God, then that is your choice.  The non-believer however, has NO right to expect the believer to conform to non-belief out of political correctness.  
  Christians have the same exact rights as those who do not believe.  Christians have the right to express, and practice their faith in a public forum.  It should also be said, that believers also pay the majority of taxes to the state, so the public schools, public courthouses, public town squares and all other public buildings and surrounding public areas belong to the believers also, equally.  I would encourage believers to aggressively and legally combat those who would force the will of non-believers upon them.
God Help Us
The Watchman  

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