Historic Cross Erected to Honor Fallen WWI Soldiers, but Now Atheists Sue for Its Removal
Because — uh, because…well, like…separation of, you know, hilltop and state, and…no, that’s not it… WAIT: WE DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN OURSELVES TO YOU, HATERS! WE’RE OFFENDED, AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS!
Except that it doesn’t, and it’s long past the time that we — and let’s be clear here, I’m the farthest thing from a religion-driven social conservative you’re likely to find — tell these mewling little twats that their being offended doesn’t matter to me one iota, and that in fact, true tolerance demands that they accept being offended so that others may freely express their beliefs. The First Amendment wasn’t formulated to protect majoritarianism, certainly; but it also wasn’t formulated to create a permanent heckler’s veto over every single thing that someone somewhere could take as offensive. There is no “establishment of religion” here — and pace Fred Edwords, national director of United Coalition of Reason, an atheist nonprofit, it doesn’t make a difference if he feels the marker “gives the impression of government endorsement of religion,” because government endorsement of religion is not the same as establishing religion, which is why God and providence appear in our founding documents and are an integrel (if merely structural) part of the social compact that provides the rationale for natural rights.
The bottom line being there is no reason to call for the removal of a landmark just because you feel like you should be able to, and you shouldn’t even feel like you’re able to because of some vague impression that you have that does in no way any harm to you.
At any rate, it’s at about this point in our history where we tell these vociferous, litigious special interest groups, with their progressive form shopping and activist judicial colluders to back off or risk a really pointed pendulum swing. Of the kind Poe wrote about.
Because if we keep surrendering to this PC nonsense, it’s a short step from this to replacing the markers in Arlington National Cemetery with, say, busts of Hillary.