Freedom From Religion Foundation, “the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics, and skeptics) with over [wait for it] 16,400 members,” continues an unrelenting legal assault on our nation’s Judeo-Christian heritage. Although it is easy to laugh at an organization so obsessed with Christianity that the group spends more time belittling other people’s faith rather than articulating their own lack of belief, we take lawsuits seriously. Occasionally, the foundation does find an out of the mainstream judge that agrees with their legal position. Fortunately, these decisions are quickly reversed on appeal.
A couple of weeks ago, Freedom from Religion Foundation lost a challenge to the National Day of Prayer, the ecumenical presidential proclamation issued the first Thursday of May. After an initial victory, a unanimous three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals tossed the foundation’s challenge out for lack of standing. To bring a legal challenge in court, there must be injury. As the opinion correctly noted, “Hurt feelings differ from legal injury. ” While there will be an appeal to the Supreme Court, I am confident that the National Day of Prayer will be successfully defended so long as we remain vigilant. (The ACLJ, for whom I work, represented members of Congress in the case). FFRF files a lot of lawsuits and as ridiculous as they may sound, it is important to take them seriously so they are swiftly defeated in court.
The freethinkers have also set their sights on “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. After losing at the First Circuit Court of Appeals, FFRF is taking their battle against generic acknowledgements of a higher power’s role in the United States to the Supreme Court. You know a lawyer is reaching when they make this claim in a legal petition to our nation’s highest court:
In fact, the God that most public school teachers proclaim this nation to be ‘under’ each morning apparently advocates for murdering the plaintiffs here: ‘Whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death [Leviticus 24:16].’
Is the largest atheist organization in the United States really trying to imply that Americans who believe in God support killing nonbelievers? If this is one of their “legal” arguments, I expect that the Freedom From Religion Foundation will continue losing in court.
I believe the real goal of FFRF is an America with no religion, one where it is illegal for the government to simply acknowledge our nation’s well-documented religious heritage. This view of our country is repugnant to the majority of Americans. Thankfully, these secularists make it easy for us to expose their agenda to the American people.