With atheism comes a culture of death

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations.

The Greek word "atheoi" ("[those who are] without god").

The Greek word “atheoi” (“[those who are] without god”).

It seems that the 40th annual convention of American Atheists is coming to town next spring, and its organizers sound like they’re looking to pick a fight with Utah’s Latter-day Saint population.

A spokesman for the atheists tells the Deseret News,

It is our perception that the Mormon Church is interfering with freedom of religion and freedom of speech in Utah by intimidating people. … We’d love to be proven wrong on that, but everything we see and hear about how the Mormon Church controls things in Utah seems to be a prime example of religious oppression. They are pushing Mormon values on people. I consider that to be un-American.

The Deseret News makes sure to mention how Mormons believe in religious tolerance, loving one another and doing the work of the Lord in kindness. But I’m pretty sure that’s not a big worry for atheists. The big problem for them isn’t anyone loving their neighbors. The big problem for them is anyone’s belief in God. Atheists despise citizens of faith as irrational and, with no small sense of irony, atheists claim higher authority to run the affairs of men and seek to disenfranchise citizens who actually believe in real Higher Authority.

LDS apostle D. Todd Christofferson remarked in the most recent General Conference, “Without [Jesus Christ’s] redemption from death and from sin, we have only a gospel of social justice.” A gospel without God is exactly atheism.

I’m not too worried about Mormons not loving their neighbors. It is our second great commandment. I’d be much more concerned about atheists loving their neighbors, especially their Mormon neighbors. I know atheists argue that man can be ethical and moral without God. My reply is to look and see how unethical and immoral man is even with God. I can’t imagine peace, love, tolerance and happiness in a godless world.

But for that sentiment, apparently, I’m un-American.

Not too long ago, the words “atheistic communism” were spoken more like one word – and there’s a reason for that. Atheism was at the heart of communism. In one Sino-Soviet bloc nation after another, all faiths (except official state religions) were banned. And not just banned – people of faith were put to death. It’s no surprise that with atheism comes a culture of death, be it Soviet-style death camps or American-style abortion. A culture of death isn’t very American.

Every person is welcome in Utah to exercise any faith or no faith. When it comes to personal choices practiced in privacy or privately in public, Utahns believe in “live and let live.”  But “free to choose” isn’t a sufficient or satisfying standard for an atheistic sense of tolerance or fairness. The atheist standard for any American value centers on an equality of ideas – they demand kind of a philosophical dignity and respect. For instance, they see in their anti-faith an inherent goodness to be valued equally with my own faith. What they miss is that they don’t get to determine that value for me or anyone else. While there are no second-class citizens, there are second-class ideas and atheism is a proven second-class idea.

Atheists get little to no respect because atheism is valueless. Offering me nothing adds nothing to my life. Atheists offer me nothing. But even in America, you can offer society nothing and still have rights of speech and association. So, welcome to Utah!

For Sutherland Institute, I’m Paul Mero. Thanks for listening.

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  • Duane

    There is a difference between an atheist and an agnostic: an agnostic says he does not think there is a god or that he can’t know that there is a god while an atheist says “There IS no god.”

    Of course, to say that implies that he has searched the entire Universe, the whole of it in one instant, so God could not hide behind Pluto while he is looking on Mercury. An atheist claims the powers of God Himself. That is not just arrogance or hubris, it’s stupidity.

    Furthermore, ANY being, some alien space traveler or God, who could actually get here, would NOT accept terms from any of the weak, earth-bound humans on this planet who can’t even get to Mars. No, if you want to find God, you have to do it on His terms, His way.

  • exoraluna

    ” My reply is to look and see how unethical and immoral man is even with God. I can’t imagine peace, love, tolerance and happiness in a godless world.”

    Your own statement says how poisonous religion is. You can’t imagine peace, love, tolerance and happiness in a godless world. Just know an atheist. One does not know happiness and peace like an atheist. Surprise! Many of the healthy and most tolerant people even YOU may know are godless.

    Many will witness how a godless community loves life when they descend on SLC in April , 2014. In fact , I dare you to tell the difference between an atheist & a god fearing human. You will not be able to.

  • Maggie

    I of course have not met every atheist alive, but those I have met , who have admitted they are atheist, seem to be troubled souls. Anger, narcissism, argumentative, immature,know it all attitude’s seem prevalent . I have met some doing community service ,however the community service seems to be a place to reaffirm themselves not help others. One in particular was VERY intelligent, yet lacked even the minimum of social skills and seemed to like to shock with inappropriate language and actions. Yet another liked to mock others for their beliefs. I may have met atheists who were well adjusted and did not feel it necessary to seek approval for or mock others, I am sure I have, for I have never made one’s religion or lack of, a prerequisite for conversing or socializing with someone, most who pass through my life I am unaware of their choices in life but only their actions as they apply to me. My friends come in all sizes, ages, colors and all stages of self awareness and spirituality, many still searching and growing. Atheist seem to have reached a plateau in their lives that they know it all ,no use to search and grow. What an uninteresting place that would be for me.

    • Sky Harrison

      Miss know it all….

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