oVo wrote:Our children are going to believe what they are going to believe... and in time those thoughts will change with the world around them. IF the kids of the past only believed what they were told and accepted all teachings on blind faith as the absolute truth, we would not be where we are today.
The many biases and hypocrisy of the past is one factor in the doubts expressed and shared by many people today. I do not believe there is a "team atheist" agenda to strip God from public view, it can't be done. The United States was founded by atheists who attempted to establish many freedoms for their citizens... which included a right to follow the faith of your choosing. The choice to be a non-believer is protected by those same rights.
I agree with some of your thoughts, but not others. The United States was surely not founded by atheists. We can just look to the founding documents and other writings, as well as my favorite quote by Benjamin Franklin ("Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy").
The Bill of Rights protects freedom of religion because the United States was meant to be inclusive of all religions. I do not know if atheism was contemplated, but atheism is not a religion such that one would need freedom to practice it. Additionally, the separation of church and state provision was not meant to separate religion from the state; it was meant to separate the state from a state religion. The revolutionaries did not want a Church of United States.
In any event, I have no problem with atheists. They are pretty brave if you really think about it - If the atheist is right, he dies and gets put into the ground (a scary thought indeed). If the atheist is wrong, he goes to Hell. It's a lose-lose situation.