It’s Christmas. Our atheist friends are out there doing their thing. No to a crèche here, take down that cross over there, absolutely not to the Ten Commandments display somewhere else. And, of course, as the folks at GLAAD have just recently reminded us in the Duck Dynasty contretemps, there’s nothing like being out of the closet as Christophobes.
Christophobes being defined here as those with fear or contempt of Christians or those who believe in God, not to mention those who exhibit behavior based on that feeling of fear and contempt for Christians and believing in God.
Time to recognize that contrary to all the endless PR, atheists and Christophobes in fact have a God. It’s time to demand formal recognition of atheism and Christophobes for what they really are: followers of the religion that worships The God of No God.
As with the Judeo-Christian and Islamic gods, The God of No God is everywhere — both visible and invisible. He — and while The God of No God could be called She or even It, we will settle here for the irritating He — appears in a limitless number of ways.
Notice the town crèche that is the subject of controversy? What do you see all around that crèche — not to mention when the crèche is removed?
Notice that cross that was removed? What was in its place?
What replaced the crèche and the cross, and in fact is everywhere according to atheists, is The God of No God. Nothing. Or something… liberalism, the Democrats, being gay, abortion, having money, computers, the Internet, pornography, television, the environment, animals… the list is endless. But that interminable list always boils down to one thing: The God of No God. Wherever the object of worship is not related to Jesus Christ, the Almighty, Allah, Buddha — which is to say a spiritual deity… The God of No God demands…say again demands…your allegiance.
Where to find the worshipers of The God of No God?
Listen to the voice of Wilson Cruz, a spokesman for GLAAD. Mr. Cruz’s God of No God is gay marriage, and with the certitude of the Pharisees to Jesus or the Stalinists to Russians, discussing the Duck Dynasty flare-up with CNN Cruz said with all the fervor of a God of No God zealot that Phil Robertson “needs to get in line.” Translation: You will worship my God of No God — gay marriage — or else. Apparently Mr. Cruz skipped all those classes on bullying. He must have been too busy reading up on Hitler’s Brownshirts.
Then there’s Mikey Weinstein, whose God of No God is called “Military Religious Freedom.” Actually, Mr. Weinstein seems to have more than one God of No God. Over here at his website the first sentence boasts that Mikey Weinstein is “the undisputed leader of the national movement to restore the obliterated wall separating church and state….” Or, more plainly put, The God of No God in that corner of the world is…. Mikey Weinstein.
As with Mikey Weinstein, it is a big mistake to believe that the followers of The God of No God do not follow their own version of the Ten Commandments. Not surprisingly, the Ten Commandments of the God of No God follow along remarkably with the original Ten Commandments. And just as the original Ten Commandments read slightly differently depending on whether you are reading, say, the King James version or the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, so too are there different versions of the Ten Commandments of the God of No God. Here are just a few versions, below:
The Ten Commandments of The God of No God
• First Commandment — GLAAD version: Thou shalt have no other gods before you other than gay marriage. Sieg Heil.
• Second Commandment — Military Religious Freedom Foundation version: Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth that does not resemble the undisputed leader of the national movement to restore the obliterated wall separating church and state — me, Mikey. Mikey Weinstein. Ruler of the Kingdom of Obliterating the Wall Separating Church and State and the sub-kingdom of fighting Bill O’Reilly.
• Third Commandment — MSNBC version: Thou shalt not take the name of Barack Obama in vain.
• Fourth Commandment — A&E version: Remember the LGBT movement, to keep it holy.
• Fifth Commandment — National Organization of Women version: Honor thy liberal feminists and know that Hillary Clinton but not Sarah Palin is holy.
• Sixth Commandment — Planned Parenthood version: Thou shalt not refuse to abort.
• Seventh Commandment — Hugh Hefner and Bill Clinton version: Thou shalt not think committing adultery is a big deal.
• Eighth Commandment — Barack Obama version: Thou shalt not steal unless in the name of redistribution and income equality.
• Ninth Commandment — John Podesta version: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor unless thy neighbors are House Republicans and deserve to be called members of a Jonestown cult.
• Tenth Commandment — Socialist version: Thou shalt covet everything that belongs to someone else that you want.
The Fundamentalist No Godders are, of course, always out there leading the fight for official recognition as a religion. Over at the American Atheists, for example, they are demanding official recognition of their faith with a fervor that would shame Billy Graham or the late Jerry Falwell. Says the AA: “American Atheists has filed suit against the IRS to challenge the special treatment given to churches in the Tax Code.”
Which is just another way of saying that the Fundamentalist branch of the Church of The God of No God, American Atheists, want equality of treatment and official recognition of their religion by the U.S. government. What’s good enough for the Gods of Presbyterians and Jews in the tax code must be good enough for the American Atheists and their passionate belief in The God of No God.
Every religion needs a leading disciple. Christ had Peter. The Catholic Church has the Pope. The Protestants have Billy Graham.
The Church of The God of No God has Richard Dawkins, the British evolutionary biologist who serves as the Pope of the No Godders. Mr. Dawkins’ God of No God is anti-creationism and anti-intelligent design, deities that he has written about worshipfully for decades. Dawkins worships at a prominent God of No God church called the British Humanist Association, which describes its beliefs in the God of No God this way:
We want a world where everyone lives cooperatively on the basis of shared human values, respect for human rights, and concern for future generations.
We want non-religious people to be confident in living ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity.
As with other religious faiths, the BHA celebrates The God of No God in ceremonies, which they describe as follows:
Most of us want to mark important events in our lives such as births, marriages and partnerships as well as to commemorate people we have loved when they die. For those of us with no religious belief it’s important that we can mark these occasions with honesty, warmth and affection, using words and music that are personal and appropriate to the lives and the people involved.
Catch that? The reference to the central belief of the No Godders?
“For those of us with no religious belief….”
And there it is. The confession of belief in “no religious belief” that is at the core of the Church of the God of No God. Just as with any Baptist, Jew or Muslim the No Godders have ceremonies that mark the major events of life with the rituals of their No God is God faith. As they proudly list the No Godders have No God baptismals — called “namings” — and No God funerals to mourn the death of those No Godders who have gone nowhere because they can’t pass away, as that implies a place to go. Which, of course, the No Godders don’t believe. It’s their religion.
Not to be forgotten in all this are the Christophobes, a special branch of the No Godders. As noted earlier, these folks are to Christianity what homophobes are to gays.
They can be relatively quiet until, say, Phil Robertson pipes up in GQ. In fact, as fate would have it, Phil Robertson is not only a master in the duck calling business, he has recently shown himself with a considerable skill in Christophobe calling. A few words in the right place in the liberal media and Christophobes come flocking.
The Christophobes have a particular faith under the God of No God theological roof: phobia about Christians. As was cited earlier in that quote from the GLAAD officials, Christophobia often produces snarling demands that Christians “get in line” with the approved God of No God faith, in the case of GLAAD that would be gay marriage.
But Christophobia certainly isn’t limited to GLAAD. The A&E network quickly revealed itself to be Christophobic, reacting in fury to the Duck Commander’s unique but theologically sound Christianity.
In fact, there is one example after another increasing example that Christophobia is on the rise in America, one small but telling example discussed here in the American Thinker as follows:
And this month, in Ovid, Colorado, the director of a city-owned cemetery initially refused to inscribe the Ichthus or “Jesus fish” on the tombstone of a local preacher’s wife on the grounds that some people might be offended. Despite the fact that the cemetery is filled with headstones inscribed with religious symbols and Biblical verses, city officials refused to come to the family’s aid. The cemetery director defended his position with a logic-defying hypothetical: “What if someone wanted to put a swastika?” — thereby disrespectfully equating a representation of Christ with a symbol associated with Nazi Germany. The city reversed itself only after public outcry and media attention.
At a more sinister level there are all those physical attacks on Christians around the world, with violent Christophobia surfacing in places as disparate as Nigeria (where Islamic fundamentalists have killed 205 Christians in the last 6 months), Syria, where Syrian rebels factions of, as reported here in the New American, “the Obama-backed ‘Free Syrian Army,’ (is) receiving vast amounts of Western aid under the guise of supporting supposed ‘moderates,’ (and) have been implicated in the anti-Christian atrocities by refugees cited in media reports. Like in Iraq following the U.S. government’s ‘regime change’ operation, the Christian minority in Syria — about 10 percent of the population — could face potential extinction as Western powers continue to shower arms and support on Islamic rebels.”
And of course there have been other violent attacks from Christophobics in places like Egypt, the Philippines, Pakistan and so on — and on.
Inadvertently, the A&E network and the GLAAD attacks on Phil Robertson have brought a bright spotlight not only to the inherent intolerance of the left but the epidemic of Christophobia that is sweeping not only America but the world. The irony of course, is that America itself was founded on the notion of freedom, with the Constitution itself specifically listing religious freedom as one of the founding pillars of the nation.
As Christians across America and the world gather to celebrate the birth of Christ — yes, Sarah Palin is right, the reason for the season is Christ — it is worth noting that a call from Phil Robertson has brought the issue of Christophobia front and center.
Not to mention called attention to a much ignored fact.
Atheism is not about opposition to religion. Atheism is a religion.
It is the Church of the God of No God.