Burkhart

Burkhart

A national organization entitled Freedom From Religion Foundation was started in 1978 as a non-profit to defend separation of church and state. It has 31,000 members and serves as a watchdog to identify political leaders whom this organization judges to be guilty of showing partiality to or promotion of religious values.

Besides this surveillance to protect the public from elected officials using their office to express religious values, it also functions to defend the right to express the free thinking of: 1) ATHEISM (the lack of belief in the existence of God), 2) AGNOSTICISM (the view that the existence of God is unknown or is unable to be known; or that human reason is incapable to provide sufficient rational grounds to believe that God exists or does not exist) and 3) SKEPTICISM (the philosophic teaching that to know anything with certainty is impossible).

Annie Gaylord is FFRF’s current president with her office in Madison, Wisconsin. Citing violations of elected officials who incorporate religious values in their public service is their daily agenda.

MY REACTION: the very freedom of speech practiced by FFRF is what FFRF condemns in our elected political leaders. The overt expression of moral values has been woven into America’s legal fabric from its inception. Condemning the support, defense or incorporation of traditional or non-traditional moral values violates this country’s freedom of speech. It is obvious that the real agenda of Freedom From Religion Foundation is an attempt to promote an amoral society to affront our traditional moral society.

The behavior of most people of the world demonstrates the basic moral unity of the major religions of the world — Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Christians.

In condemning America’s morality and its tradition of reflecting world-wide religious values, FFRF stands in opposition to the world.

Atheism, agnosticism and skepticism do not reflect the people of this world and certainly not the people of this country, America. Although immorality — not observing the long-standing morals of world religions — is shamefully prevalent, yet the prevailing conscience of the world is a pervasive expression of a belief in God and his revealed commands for human behavior.

May we all continue to express our freedom of speech with a freedom TO RELIGION, NOT FROM IT.

The Rev. John Burkhart Ph.D, is a retired Episcopal priest and retired professor of psychology. Contact him at jandmburkhart@yahoo.com.

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