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Day 17 How to Lead by THE BOOK: Atheists Motivate Me!

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I’m including excerpts from an article I read yesterday.  Stories like these no longer surprise me as much as they concern me. They indict the spiritual bankruptcy of our nation and portend a more indifferent, evil, perverse, and violent future for our kids.

I’ve included comments below each statement included from the article:

Arizona school children are told they can’t pray in front of the Supreme Court building … Two University of Texas Arlington employees are fired for praying over a co-worker’s cubicle after work hours … In Cranston, R.I., a high school banner causes controversy when a parent complains it contains a prayer and demands that it be removed.

XXX: No one is forcing anyone to pray that doesn’t want to pray! Those who are offended by prayer can simply do something else. Having to listen to someone’s cell phone conversation is a greater offense and invasion of privacy than hearing or witnessing someone’s private or public prayer.  If it bugs you, tune it out or look the other way!

There are more legal challenges to prayer in the United States than ever before, says Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist organization whose business is booming as Americans increasingly tackle church vs. state issues.

XXX: Most Americans don’t even realize that the terms  “separation of church and state” are not even mentioned in our Constitution! They are a manifestation of modern times.  As Hitler proved, if you tell the big lie often enough, people start to believe it.

“We’ve never had more complaints about government prayer,” Gaylor says. “We have just hired a second staff attorney in July. It’s turned into a cottage industry for our attorneys.”

The foundation has had a huge volume of complaints about prayer in the public sector, including numerous issues involving civic and government meetings where sessions have traditionally begun with a prayer or moment of silence.

XXX. Help me out here, in today’s age of noise and busyness, how does a moment of silence offend anyone? Again, no one is forcing anyone to pray during the moment of silence. They can use that golden time without noise to do whatever they’re accustomed to doing as an alternative to prayer: worry, plot, envy, lust and the like.

“Religious liberties are under attack across the country,” Nate Kellum, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund says. “My sense is that there’s some type of knee-jerk reaction, almost an allergic reaction, if someone sees the expression of religion,” he says.

And the bulk of the complaints are directed at Christians, he says.

XXX. The Alliance Defense Fund is an excellent organization. Check them out! Help them out!

“Fifteen percent of the people are not religious,” Gaylor says. “There’s an increasing plurality of faiths. It’s inevitable there’s going to be this clash with more people being offended.”

XXX. How did the 15% gain veto power over the 85%? Incidentally, there is nothing in our Constitution that guarantees anyone, including atheists, the right not to be offended! If what happens in this country offends you too much, exercise our greatest freedom and leave it! Personally, I think what really motivates the atheists in their quest to rob believers of religious freedom is this: if they don’t have the peace, joy, love, and fulfillment in their sad lives that comes from a robust relationship with God, they don’t want anyone else to have it either.

I’m writing my second business book based on the Bible’s principles, and my eleventh book overall. I’m grateful that in the book publishing world, an author can still express his or her thoughts without the censorship you find in the media, or the discrimination pervasive in courtrooms. The cultural current against God, religion in general, and Christianity specifically,  has motivated me to make, How to Lead by THE BOOK an even more enlightening, bold, and instructional resource for the men and women in business still committed to submitting their lives to biblical principles, rather than to subordinate their beliefs to modern, secular culture.