“Atheist Agenda” is a scary sounding term to a lot of people. To some, it conjures up images of burning churches and outlawing the ownership of Bibles. To others, it’s a bit less sinister, but still sounds like a concerted attempt to take away people’s sense of identity as people of faith.
In light of recent examples of the “Religious Agenda,” such as Gwinnett County’s own Mountain Park First Baptist’s blatant and repeated attempts to lead public school children in prayer, it’s worth looking at the political goals of both atheists and theists. Here’s a short list of very clear items on the Christian Agenda:
- End funding for Planned Parenthood, which would deprive millions of women access to general health services.
- Pass the first openly discriminatory amendment to the U.S. constitution, effectively legislating homosexuals as second-class citizens.
- Teach religion as science. (As we saw in Cobb County in 2006.)
- Continue to foster and expand the government’s funding of “Faith Based Initiatives,” despite the fact that such funding forces people of all religions and non-religion to contribute to sectarian organizations.
- Deprive inmates of any reading material except the Bible
- Boycott the Girl Scouts for their support of Planned Parenthood.
- Continue to teach Abstinence Only sex education despite its abysmal record.
- Redefine rape to more accurately reflect “Biblical Values.” (It’s Georgia again!)
- Subvert the separation of church and state in government meetings and schools by exploiting loopholes.
This is, unfortunately, a short list. The breadth and scope of the Christian agenda is staggering. It is an effort to change the country from without and within to make it a “genuinely Christian” nation. Not every Christian, of course. Not those who think abortion is a choice, or that homosexuality is not going to sink America into anarchy and orgy. Rather, it is those Christians who believe that everyone should act Godly… OR ELSE.
By contrast, what is the “Atheist Agenda?”