Atheism: The Religion of Fools

One of these is accurate!

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The episode of The Coral Ridge Hour that I watched today is called “Atheism: The Religion of Fools”. Cool! D. James Kennedy is going to tell me that not only am I a fool, but I have a religion too! Oh, DJK, you are so wise!

This sermon is a rerun from March of 1994. I guess when you’re spreading 2000-year-old lies, 14 years doesn’t matter much. This sermon is just as stale today as the day it was first broadcast!

Among other drivel, DJK says:

Never before in history has there been anything like the number of atheists that have come to be in the 20th century. And they are the products of the great gods of atheism that arose in the 19th century, and we’re all familiar with the names: Marx and Freud and Nietzsche and Darwin….

He then goes on to blame all of the bad things that happen every day—such as murder, rape, incest, and mugging—on atheism. He says:

We have turned our schools and universities into vast engineries [sic] of atheism!

He then babbles for another ten minutes. He ends by quoting a study from National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago (you know, one of those “engineries of atheism”):

Belief in God appears to be stronger now than at any other time in human history.

He just contradicted himself! So that must mean that excessive theism is responsible for all of that murder, rape, incest, and mugging!

The only fool in this sermon is the one on the pulpit.

And Now for Something Completely Unconstitutional

That ends the sermon for this week. Now they switch to a filmed segment, which is a profile of Pastor Gary Beeler of Crusade Ministries in Tennessee. What this guy does is clearly unconstitutional. For years, he has had an annual week-long crusade for local schoolkids. He has made arrangements with the local public schools to let the kids out during the middle of the school day to attend his church. In the segment they showed, there were half a dozen yellow school busses discharging kids in front of Beeler’s church. So not only is the school district illegally teaching religion, but they’re doing it at taxpayer expense!

Beeler says he has now expanded his program and he’s traveling around to other schools in the state.

They interviewed Jody Wright, Assistant Principal of Fulton (public) High School in Knoxville, who said:

You know there’s only one way you’re going to change your schools, and that’s a supernatural change through Jesus Christ. We’re excited about what took place here at the crusade, and we’re looking forward to next year as well. And it will change our school. My prayer and hope is that through his message and through the holy spirit that it will make a change in these kids’ lives.

Maybe Wright should stop praying that his school will get better and actually start doing the job he was hired to do. You know, real classroom instruction of real school subjects. The fairy tales belong in preschool, not high school.

The segment ends with Beeler telling how he wanted to get into the schools in some unnamed town. The school board refused, because they had been sued over a similar issue in the past. The attorney who had brought that suit told Beeler that there would never be a crusade done in the county where he lived.

It was so ironic. The first day that we did the crusade was the day of the funeral of that attorney. I’m not saying that God took that man’s life on that day for that reason. I don’t know all of that. I just know he was buried on the day that we begun the crusade.

How lovely to watch this so-called man of God gloat over another man’s death.

20 Responses to “Atheism: The Religion of Fools”

  1. Lindsay Says:

    I wonder how many kids go because it gets them out of school early for the day?

  2. Sue Blue Says:

    Right there in that first DJK quote, the asshole points out that atheism is growing, but he never ponders why. He just blames it on the vile, Satanic influences of the likes of Darwin, Freud, Marx, etc., etc, ad nauseum. Did it ever occur to this moron that atheism might be growing because the light of science is illuminating all the dark little corners where myth used to hide? These guys and their religion are like cockroaches caught out in the open, frantically scrambling for their cracks and holes, only to find that they can’t escape.

    And that Beeler freak. If an atheist tried a stunt like that – getting kids out of school to go to lectures on Darwin or some such, Christian parents would be baying for blood. And they’d get it, too. Why aren’t parents in that school suing this guy to the Supreme Court and back? They can’t all be glassy-eyed fundies, can they? Why aren’t we hearing more about these kind of abuses on the news? I weep for this country; I really do.

  3. Ron Britton Says:

    These guys and their religion are … frantically scrambling for their cracks and holes….

    I think they found their cracks and holes a long time ago. That’s where their heads have been.

  4. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Why aren’t parents in that school suing this guy to the Supreme Court and back? They can’t all be glassy-eyed fundies, can they? Why aren’t we hearing more about these kind of abuses on the news?

    That’s what scares me the most — not that there is a fundie actively doing this, but that there isn’t a whole heck of a lot of outrage over it. I did some googling and criticism is few and far between, so I guess this jerk is still under the radar. But why aren’t the locals upset? I mean even if there are not any atheists, there must be somebody of some other religion that might not like the Christian indoctrination. Heck, isn’t there even a Christian that has any respect for the Constitution over there?

    Anyway, maybe there is and the google just failed me. I hope.

  5. cipher Says:

    They can’t all be glassy-eyed fundies, can they?

    It’s Tennessee. I’ve been told they pretty much are.

  6. Kevin Says:

    any chance for a link or video?

    can’t talk much. already late for Darwin worship.

  7. Ron Britton Says:

    I found the video over on GodTube. Let’s see if their embed code works:

  8. Sue Blue Says:

    Jody Wright, Assistant Principal? She sounds more like a pastor of one of those snake-handling churches. “Supernatural change through Jesus Christ” — my ass. It never ceases to amaze me that people in positions of responsibility can say things in public that sound like they’ve missed about a week of their meds and not be called on it.

  9. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Okay I couldn’t suffer through the whole video link, but what I did notice right at the beginning…. Is he just casually walking down the street in that video with a sidearm? Or does he have just some kind of gigantic cellphone that connects directly to God?

    I know Obama got shit for it, but why do God and Guns go together so freaking often? The “Gays” part I get since it’s against the holey bible (pun intended), but guns? Doesn’t that completely go against the “thou shalt not kill” stuff?

  10. Sue Blue Says:

    Parrot, maybe the guns are some kind of phallic symbol for the sexually repressed xtians. You know, something like — “I can’t shoot off m’gun cuz God’s watchin’, so I’ll just shoot off this here rifle instead” — kind of thing. That would explain the big calibers too.

  11. Private Tom Says:

    Heck, isn’t there even a Christian that has any respect for the Constitution over there?

    Well, there WAS a Christian had respect for the Constitution.

    I endorse it. I think it was correct. Contrary to what many have said, it sought to outlaw neither prayer nor belief in god. In a pluralistic society such as ours, who is to determine what prayer shall be spoken and by whom? Legally, constitutionally or otherwise, the state certainly has no such right.
    —Martin Luther King, on the decision to ban school prayer.

    A shame that the good Christians tend to be the ones assassinated.

  12. Bunkie Says:

    Parrotlover77, that’s a two way radio he has strapped to his belt. He was using it later in the video. But you are right, for some reason guns and god do seem to go together.

    Did you all notice that many of the students in the audience did not look happy to be there – judging by their faces and body language. I bet they had no choice in going to this thing.

    This whole thing is very upsetting. There is no way that this should have been allowed to take place.

    Plus, the way the guy talked about the lawyer (who was afraid of a lawsuit), it makes you wander if they had something to do with the man’s death – especially considering he had an evil little smile on his face when he spoke. This whole thing is disgusting!

  13. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I’m glad I was wrong — I honestly couldn’t tell. I still can’t make it through the whole video. It’s just appalling.

  14. Kevin Says:

    oh their god, i’m sorry i asked for video. it’s even scarier to see the guy.

    i must say, Lindsay makes a point:

    I wonder how many kids go because it gets them out of school early for the day?

  15. logoseph Says:

    I feel a little stupid, but why would an atheist see a Xian as a peanut? I get the “atheists are devils” thing, but are they referencing a “shell” of ignorance or something? Please explain.

  16. Ron Britton Says:

    They’re nuts!

  17. LadyRavana Says:

    …Yeah. I think it’d be a lot harder to draw them as “bat-shit insane.”

    You know…frothing at the mouth, and rolling in bat feces while wrapped in straight jackets.

    So, being drawn as “nuts” works for them.

  18. Lindsay Says:

    After watching part of the video Kevin, notice there aren’t many crowd shots. The one good one in the first 1/3 of the video showed young people looking very bored.

    There is likely a good number of parents who don’t feel comfortable with this, but in such a fundie community who is going to stand up to them? I hope there is at least a few parents brave enough to stand up to the fundie “crusaders.”

  19. logoseph Says:

    Ah, I see. Ever since I learned as a young child that peanuts are legumes, and therefore more closely related to peas than nuts, I think my mental filing system just put them with the legumes. This may be the first time scientific knowledge has actually hindered my comprehension of an atheist joke. Usually you have to know Kepler’s theory of planetary motion and what a Klein bottle looks like to begin to find them funny.

  20. NickJ29 Says:

    Yeah I’m with Logoseph on the whole peanuts/legumes thing too, so I didn’t get the reference at first either.

    After watching some of that video, I remembered what it was thst drove me from my home town in the first place. I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. If you said ‘fundies’ you get a cookie.

    I actually got suspended for refusing to take off a pentagram necklace unless they enforced the same on crosses. Needless to say, once I hit 18, I was out.

    Now, I feel horrible for the majority of the children in the above video, as it seems there is a very similar situation, with no one having the balls to stand up and say: This is a place of learning, not indoctrination!