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Greg Allen: Is, Was God dead in America?

Apr 16, 2014

East Valley Tribune

In this article Christians demand that they have "religious freedom", but Greg Allen's brand of "religious freedom" seems to be using the government to force his brand of the Christian religion on the rest of us.

We are all for "religious freedom", but "religious freedom" does not mean that one religious sect is allowed to use the government to force their brand of religion on the rest of us.


Greg Allen: Is, Was God dead in America?

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at 765-676-5014 or www.builderofthespirit.org

Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:43 pm

Guest commentary by Greg Allen

Someone recently told me about a movie titled “God’s Not Dead.” It stars Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame, Dean Cain of Superman fame, and Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty. After I looked up the synopsis and read the critical reviews I decided to go watch it.

The movie critics gave it a failing grade. One critic, who gave it a D-, said it was based on the premise of urban legend. At the end of the movie the credits read something like this film is inspired by ... then it listed court cases that have been brought against colleges and universities across America that have discriminated against students by violating their freedom of speech and religious liberties - the list was quite long. [Why is is religious discrimination when Christians are not allowed to force their Christian views on non-Christians??? Would the author consider it religious discrimination because Muslims are not allowed to force their religious views on Christians???] So, for that critic to say the film is a depiction of urban legend he’s either biased or misinformed.

Some of the brightest minds in history, atheists, claimed they were once believers in God. On the other side of the coin you have C.S. Lewis, a brilliant English philosopher, who was an atheist then became a devout believer in a Divine Being.

There’s a small faction in today’s society who are neither tolerant nor believing of such things. It’s their quest to change minds and quite often in a militant way. [As long as they use logic and reason to expose religious superstitions I don't see a problem with it. On the other hand I have a problem when anybody attempts to use the government to force their religious beliefs on other people. Something Cathi Herrod and her Center for the Arizona Policy have been very successful at doing here in Arizona]

Such are those who make it their life’s work to remove every ruminant of God from society. They long to remove the words “In God We Trust” from American currency and eradicate the Ten Commandments from wherever they may be displayed. [Sorry pal, we are not trying to "remove every ruminant of God from society", we are trying to remove every ruminant of God from the American government. Something that the Constitution demands, and something we have a right to demand. If you don't like it please feel free to repeal the 1st Amendment and Article 2 Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution]

Why do they condemn or hate God so? [How can he say we hate something we don't believe exists??] If He’s nonexistent as they claim why don’t they just treat it like a myth, like the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus and not give it a second thought? [We DO treat it like a myth, but in the US Christians, like Cathi Herrod and her Center for the Arizona Policy are constantly trying to use government to force their silly, nutty and superstitious views on us.]

Did those residing in the colonies before America was founded believe in God? I’m sure some did, but many viewed King George as their God. After all, he was the supreme Deity at that time and he held the power of life and death in his hands. [Sadly, most of the original English colonies were religious theocracy. That' didn't change until the 14th Amendment was passed, because the 1st Amendment only applied to the Federal government, not the state governments]

But in 1776, fifty-six Signatories of The Declaration of Independence were convinced of something else and claimed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”

The founding fathers, with the penning of that document, acknowledged the existence of a Creator and a nation was born. [But even if some of the Founders did believe in God, they did ALL agree that God should not play a role in government and they passed the 1st Amendment for that reason.] Did they get it wrong? There’s a faction in today’s society who believe they did and that document called the Constitution is flawed. [Yes, some parts of the Constitution are flawed. The Constitution allowed slavery, and that is wrong. That problem wasn't fixed until the 13th Amendment was passed]

The Preamble states: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The foundering fathers used the words “Blessings of Liberty.” Christians believe “Free will” is the foundation of their faith. They believe it’s a gift they’ve been given. By any other name it’s called “Freedom” or “Liberty.” For many, that’s the true essence of God indeed. [As an atheist I don't equate “Freedom” or “Liberty” with God or religion. In fact I equate slavery and ignorance with God and religion]

The Original Ten Amendments to the Constitution are called “The Bill of Rights.” They provide for such things as the right to petition, freedom of speech, religious liberties, and the right to bear arms. But, individual rights are under assault today and those who aren’t convinced are either naïve or uninformed. However, I believe America’s own have been awakened by that. [When Christians in America claim their religious rights are threatened they usually are complaining that they don't have the right to force their Christian views on the rest of us using the force of government]

A liberal faction, often radical, are hell-bent on trying to extinguish the thought of God in American society and around the world. [Wrong I just want to keep religion out of government.] They claim to be tolerant of opposing views, but that’s a misnomer. Maybe it’s a good thing the nation’s capital has been invaded by a wave of socialism, for it will give reason and evidence to the fact government isn’t the inventor of “Free Will,” a Creator is, and just maybe the founding fathers had it right all along.

I can assure you, though, that faction won’t succeed in their endeavor to prove to a majority God’s non-existent, but they will … most assuredly … try. [Look pal, when a religion comes along and can prove their God exists, I will join it. Until then I will continue to thing God is just a superstition]

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly. He’s an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding the poor. He can be reached at www.builderofthespirit.org or follow him on Twitter @GregAllencolumn.