Wrong on founders, God

At the end of Eric Engle’s letter, he managed to at least imply something truthful, albeit accidentally. He closed his pro-infanticide letter by claiming that policies ought not to be influenced by religion or ideology (as though his position is not one of ideology). In other words, if one opposes torturing children to death, it must be because of his religion. Ergo, if one rejects belief in God for belief in a universe where things spontaneously “pop” into existence, there are no rules, morals or restrictions, and one ought to torture children to death, even at the moment of birth. Engle accidentally revealed the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of atheism.

While theists might appreciate the compliment, we must modestly remind readers that it is exaggerated. That is, there are many theists who also endorse killing children in ways that would result in arrest for one who did similar things to puppies. We would argue that such a person is certainly no better off than an atheist, having rejected God’s standards in favor of his own. Likewise, perhaps there is an atheist out there who would affirm that such violence against children is immoral.

Mr. Engle was one of three signers of a letter promoting Freedom from Religion day in which it was stated that there was no mention of God in our Constitution or Bill of Rights. This is true. Unsurprisingly, they appear to be deceptively selective in their document search. In the Declaration alone there are 4 specific references to God. In the first, it is affirmed that people have a “separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.” In the famous second reference to God, it is affirmed that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” In the third, we read “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world.” In the fourth, the Declaration closes with “a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Thus, the Declaration states unequivocally the following: (1) God has entitled humans to an elevated status on this Earth. (2) We were created by God. (3) Human rights emanate from God (4) Men will answer to God in judgment (5) They were dependent on God’s providential care in building the new nation. This was no Bible sermon, this was the plain message of the Declaration of Independence. Their claim that these founders were intent on building a secular nation apart from God cannot be supported by facts; more to the point, it is an outrageous lie. Are our local atheists ignorant of these and the hundreds of other such citations in founding documents, or are they hopeful that readers do not know them? If the problem is one of such abject ignorance, let them learn a fact or two. If it’s deception, well, as Mr. Engle has affirmed for us, atheism breeds this kind of behavior. It’s a mistake to expect truth from one who affirms that there are no moral standards.

Dan Kessinger

St. Marys