“A city council in Pennsylvania has unanimously voted to remove a park bench that was meant to honor veterans due to objection from an atheist group regarding a God-centered inscription on the display that is attributed to the state’s founder.” (Christian News)
While there is no constitutional prohibition, either at the Federal or state level, to remove religious statements from government buildings, atheists continue to press the claim of a fictional prohibition through expensive court costs.
In this case, it’s a bench that reads, “Men who aren’t governed by God, will be governed by tyrants.” The inscription on the bench is attributed to William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania. The atheists are proving the truth of Penn’s claim and denying the founding principles of the state of Pennsylvania.
Americans Atheists (AA) “contended that the quote violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which instructs that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.’ The group also said the text is disrespectful to non-Christians.”
Nonsense. The First Amendment is clear:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Four things to note: (1) Pennsylvania is not Congress, (2) a religious inscription is not “an establishment of religion,”1 (3) the Pennsylvania constitution states that “the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution,” and (4) disrespecting non-religious people is not a reason to violate either constitution.
In a second case, “A federal judge has allowed the advancement of parts of a lawsuit filed by a coalition of atheist groups upset that unbelievers cannot present a prayer before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives just like Christian chaplains.”
This seems to be a violation of Section 4 of the Pennsylvania constitution:
“No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or place of trust or profit under this Commonwealth.”
Atheists do not acknowledge “the being of a God” or “a future state of rewards and punishments.” Furthermore, atheists do not pray. If atheists want to believe and live like as atheists, then they need to stop being hypocritical by borrowing from the Christian worldview, and that would include laws against murder and stealing, two laws which atheists cannot account for in their matter-only worldview.
But benches and atheists prayers are the least of an atheist’s problems in Pennsylvania…