In Defense of Atheism

In its Faith section, the SLTrib (21 Aug 2010) has two of its local columnists defending atheists and their ilk.  First, Robert Kirby defends their right to sue over the use of crosses on highway memorials to fallen UDP troopers.  According to Kirby:

Ten years ago, UHP Lt. Lee Perry and I thought up the memorial crosses as a way of honoring fallen friends and co-workers.  Today, 14 crosses are posted around Utah.  Some atheists are suing to have them removed from public land.

The crosses were recently declared illegal by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

. . . Truthfully, I don’t have a problem with them (atheists), and that includes the lawsuit.  If they object to the crosses, they should sue us.  This is America.  That’s how this sort of thing works.

Corey J. Hodges writes on a similar subject.  Author Ann Rice, former Catholic, former atheist, recent convert back to Christianity, has decided to move on . . . again.  Rice explained that she does not fit into organized Christianity because she is not anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-artificial birth control, anti-Democrat nor anti-science.  Pastor Hodges sympathizes with her criticisms, but states:

Rice’s decision is unfortunate.  She states that while she no longer is a Christian, she remains a follower of Christ.  She reads the Bible and prays every day, by herself.

For obvious reasons, Pastor Hodges admonishes readers not to give up church atendance.

Both SLTrib writers have great conclusions to their columns:

A Christian should follow Christ and look to him, not other Christians, for an example.

In the end, it’s arrogance and intolerance that ruin any society (not atheists).  And we are all working overtime on that.

The reader is left to guess which columnist wrote which conclusion.

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One Response to In Defense of Atheism

  1. Roger Hansen says:

    From an editorial in the SLTrib (21 Aug 2010):

    “This case came about (UHPA crosses) because a couple of guys, one of them being SLTrib columnist Robert Kirby, came up with the idea of erecting large roadside crosses to honor fallen troopers. The crosses are 12 feet tall. The trooper’s name, rank, and badge number are printed in large letters on 6-foot horizontal cross-bar. The highway patrol’s beehive symbol hands beneath, as does a plaque containing a picture of the trooper and some biographical information.

    Though the nonprofit Utah Highway Patrol Association sponsors the memorials, many are located on government land. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit claimed that the crosses are an unconstitutional government endorsement of particular religion. The appeals court agrees.”

    The irony of the situation is that Utah’s majority religion doesn’t even use the cross as a symbol.

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