Atheists Rule in Tyranny of the Minority

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Two plain, wooden 13-foot crosses sit atop a mountain overlooking the Marines’ Camp Pendleton in California. This secluded place is where wives and children and comrades-in-arms of Marines killed in the war on terror grieve their lost loved ones. It is a place of comfort for the bereaved who make an exhausting climb 3,000 feet up to this ridge overlooking the majesty of the blue Pacific below. Often they lay mementos of their beloved dead at the foot of the cross: a Purple Heart medal, a message, a book or a photograph – there’s even a bottle of Jack Daniels. Or they may simply sit and reflect. Or sob and pray.

Now atheist groups want to tear down this impromptu memorial. Keep reading the rest of the post here…

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2 Responses to Atheists Rule in Tyranny of the Minority

  • Buddy Shipley says:

    I am a conservative Republican and a non-theist. The notion of “atheist groups” seems an oxymoron since we have no beliefs to profess or rituals to practice, and they certainly have no right to infringe on the rights of others who do.

    In this country, regardless of what they believe or disbelieve, citizens are free to express themselves as they wish, including their grief. No one is forcing anyone to participate in their rituals or embrace their beliefs or asking anyone to surrender any rights.

    “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”
    –Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782

    “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”
    –Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Isaac H. Tiffany, April 4, 1819

  • Joy Overbeck
    Joy Overbeck says:

    Buddy ,

    The fact is that atheists do organize themselves into groups, (some detailed in this piece) and appoint themselves missionaries to smother the religious expression of others, as in this cross example. And that assault, as you and TJ point out, is simply wrong, and a violation of others’ religious liberty.

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