Freedom of Non-Religion
When our forefathers founded the United States, the first adjustment they made to the Constitution was to insure freedom of religion. This also includes freedom of non-religion. We not only have the right to believe what we choose, we also have the right to not believe. This is not the case in other countries.
Atheists and other religious skeptics suffer persecution or discrimination in many parts of the world and in at least seven countries can be executed if their beliefs become known, according to a report issued Monday. Even in the United States, where freedom of religion and speech is protected, a social and political climate prevails "in which atheists and the non-religious are made to feel like lesser Americans, or non-Americans," the report said. In at least seven U.S. states, constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and one state, Arkansas, has a law that bars atheists from testifying as witnesses at trials, the report said.
Do these people worship a god who is so weak and insecure that any criticism or uncertainty about him sends him crying to his room? The God I worship is Lord and Creator of the universe. He does not need my puny praise to justify His existence. If I choose not to have faith in Him, I do not hurt God, I only hurt myself by depriving myself of His power and wisdom.
It would seem, then, that the real purpose of these laws is not to defend God. The real purpose is to defend the religious institutions. We see this in this country as well in debates about who is or isn't a "real" Christian. I have experienced this myself when I was denied a job as a career counselor at a homeless shelter because my website welcomes and has information about many
religions. Obviously I was not "Christian enough".
I wonder what Yeshua would have thought about this.
Mark 7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.