Did you know there is a Web site for atheistic parents? Yes, you guessed it: www.atheistparents.org. This Web site was started a few years ago by an individual who did not have any children. The explanation is given, "I started this site in anticipation of having kids as a way of compiling resources that would help me as an atheist parent." Some of the topics covered on the site include Church and State, Education, Parenting, Rationally Speaking, and Religious Stupidity.
One of the many articles on this site is entitled "Intolerance and Freedom by Rayne Moonwalker (http ://www. atheistparents.org/pages.php?sc=001&pg=0l33). It appears that this author wants to "point out the hypocritical and closed-minded of an intolerant country." The complaint is made toward those who would pick on a person who "did nothing wrong; he did nothing to invoke such hatred in another person." The writer affirms, "children are not born with intolerance, it is learned."
Then we have the following statement: "Our country sends mixed signals. We try to promote acceptance and tolerance of everyone, celebrate diversity. We try to fool the world by saying we're a free society. However, until lawmakers open their minds and close their bibles, this will never be a free society. They are basing their judgments of morality on a book, and as we have seen in other countries, religion is harmful because it blinds and oppresses those who do not believe in it's dogma and doctrine. I am not a Christian, therefore I am not free. This may seem like an outrageous and ridiculous statement to some, but it is the truth and everyone knows it whether they want to admit it or not. I am looked at with contempt because I do not conform, I do not care about traditions and standards, I support homosexual rights. I will not become a version of what is expected and sacrifice myself in the process."
We often hear such complaints from those on the left when they hear people quoting Scriptures in regard to the condemnation of sin. When we use the sword of the Spirit to "convict the world of sin" (John 16:8), for some reason we are being intolerant and using "hate speech." Some would say we are not being loving like Jesus was. Apparently, they have not read some of His rebukes of sin in Matthew 23 and other passages.
Just how tolerant is the AtheistParents Web site? Surely, they would never use any "hate speech" against Christians. This Web site also has merchandise that you can buy. In fact, they sell a number of imprinted items (T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, aprons, etc.) with the expression "I (heart symbol) Roman Lions." Obviously, we all know that the heart symbol stands for love. Thus, this merchandise expresses the thought that the atheists love Roman lions. No doubt, those beasts would be the Roman lions to which a number of Christians were thrown during the days of the Caesars. Friends, if that isn't "hate speech," then I do not know what "hate speech" is.
As parents, we need to teach our children to be respectful, to be kind, and to be careful in their choice of words; but I do not mind any of my children saying the following: "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'" (Psalm 14:1). 2004 Little Stream Run, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303-1891. firstname.lastname@example.org 2.ky.us.
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