COMMENTARY–Why don’t certain Christians understand the concept of separation of church and state?
Atheophobe Doug Giles, over at that bastion of unreason Townhall, claims he knew quite a few atheists back in his youth. They were either “stoners who were into physics, Pink Floyd and Frisbee,” or hedonists consumed with “milking this existence.” All were too busy being stoned or milking to care about separation of church and state and their rights, or the rights of others.
What’s got Giles riled up this time? A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Students at Terry Elementary School in Little Rock, Arkansas are planning to attend a live performance of the holiday classic in December at Agape Church. Parents were sent home permissions slips and allowed to opt their children out of the trip.
Who thought this was a good idea? You invite a group of public school children to a Christian-themed play at a church knowing full well every kid wants to go on a field trip and not be left behind? And you don’t expect protests?
Of course it’s a violation of separation of church and state to take public school children to a Christian play…at a church. Not only that, it’s rude, arrogant, and just plain mean.
To send off the first and second grade children to a church play while the others, whose parents had sense enough not to let the school proselytize their own children, have to stay behind at school, sitting in on another class? That’s just cruel.
But Giles, and those like him, think atheists are “whiny” for wanting the government to respect all religions, and none, and refrain from using up quality school time taking children to see religious performances in churches.
Giles quotes Father John Morris who appeared on Fox & Friends saying, “The fact that we have the right to free speech for all means that there’s going to be also an opportunity and a probability that there will also be people who will do stupid, ignorant and totally out of line things like protesting the fact that Charlie Brown is going to be presented, and his Christmas story presented to kids.”
Here’s the funny thing. No one is protesting that Charlie Brown is being performed at a church. No one is protesting that Charlie Brown is being aired on television every year. There is no war on Christmas. What is being protested is taking public school children to a religious play in a church.
It’s wrong. And if Giles can’t see that it’s wrong, he’s the whiny, touchy one, popping a vein in his forehead.
Giles says, “FYI to the spindly atheists: You’ve got your work cut out for you if you want to scrub culture of its Christian influence because we have rubber stamped this planet via the arts and human expression for many, many moons.”
There is a disconnect in Giles’ head somewhere that he can’t get past. No one is trying to erase Christianity from this culture. They are only trying to keep religion out of government. This country is made up of people of many faiths and the only government that can rightly and fairly represent us all is a secular one.
While Christianity has influenced art and culture, there can never morally, ethically, or rightly be any Christian influence in government.
But Giles isn’t concerned with what is right. He’s too busy shrieking his outrage over perceived persecutions to recognize that other people have rights.
As an atheist, your Orlando Atheism Examiner watches A Charlie Brown Christmas on television every year and enjoys it quite a lot. But she’s not so stupid as to not realize that it’s a religious program and has no place in a public school–in the auditorium, or as a field trip (to a church!).
So, “übermensch up” yourself, Giles.