Letter full of fantasies
The letter on founders and god by Dan Kessinger on Feb. 17 was one of the most delusional I have read in some time. His points were that abortion is wrong, that a magic invisible man in the sky created everything, that atheists are immoral and morally bankrupt, that the founding fathers intended to create a Christian nation and that atheists are deceptive as they have no moral standards.
I will touch on some of his points:
Denmark and Sweden, which are probably the least religious countries in the world, and possibly in the history of the world, enjoy among the lowest violent crime rates in the world and the lowest levels of corruption in the world. Dozens of studies have been conducted on this topic since the 20th Century.
A 2005 study by Gregory S. Paul published in the Journal of Religion and Society stated that “In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies,” and “In all secular developing democracies a centuries long-term trend has seen homicide rates drop to historical lows” with the exception being the United States (with a high religiosity level) where the vast majority of incarcerated prisoners are “Christian.” Facts … I wonder how can this be since these countries have no moral compass?
The writer glides over the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, our actual governing documents and focuses instead on the Declaration of Independence, a non-governing document. Very smooth … very smooth.
We are not ignorant of the Declaration of Independence, but we know it is not a governing document. Its purpose was to “dissolve political bands,” not to set up a religious nation. Its authority was based on the idea that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” which is contrary to the biblical concept of rule by divine authority. It deals with laws, taxation, representation, war, immigration, etc., never discussing religion at all.
The references the writer mentioned therein do not endorse Christianity. Thomas Jefferson, its author, was a Deist, opposed to orthodox Christianity and the supernatural and was the author of an 1802 letter which coined the phrase “a wall of separation between church and state.”
Additionally, how can you possibly get your morality from a bible where a vengeful god killed more than 2.5 million people, killed all the first-born in Egypt, drowned practically the whole human race including children, killed 42 children with a two bears for making fun of a bald guy (2 Kings 2:23-24) and ordered all non-virgins on their wedding night to be killed (Deut. 22:13-21) … and then say a woman’s decision to have an abortion is wrong and is murder?
… And I have barely scraped the surface of all the evil acts committed by your moral god. This same god penned a newer testament wherein slavery and misogyny is condoned. There are websites available to brush up on all the stupid reasons your god ordered people to be killed.
If you believe in this god and believe abortion is wrong, fine. So don’t get one or help anyone get one, but keep your religious beliefs in your home and in your church where you preach … which is where our laws say they belong.
According to your bible, life begins at birth — when a baby draws its first breath. The bible defines life as “breath” in several significant passages, including the story of Adam’s creation, when God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,” and man became a living soul.