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“Seven In Heaven Way”

Seven firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 recently had a street named in their honor near their fire station in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The street was named “Seven in Heaven Way”.

Now, a group called “New York City Atheists” is insisting that the street sign is offensive to their beliefs and violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. The group’s president says the public domain is no place for signs or displays that incorporate religious belief. He feels the word “Heaven” on the street sign  is insulting because atheists don’t believe in heaven or hell.

Well, it’s too bad his feelings are hurt, but his thinking concerning the Constitution and the First Amendment is totally imaginary! Secular progressives would have us believe that the First Amendment implies freedom from religion; not freedom of religion. The First Amendment promotes religious freedom in all areas of public life.

The bus signs that deny God and promote atheism during the Christmas Holidays (which are funded by atheist groups) are very offensive to me. Yet, the First Amendment protects the beliefs of an atheist – just as it protects my Christian beliefs. Perhaps the NYC Atheists are just put out by no one naming a street “The Atheist Way”.

In 1820 James Madison wrote in a letter to Jacob de la Motta:

“Among the features peculiar to the political system of the United States, is the perfect equality of rights which it secures to every religious sect.” (Our Sacred Honor, Bennett, p. 333)

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  1. The strange thing about atheists is that they insist they do not have faith. “I believe in reason and science.” They are wrong. Atheists are people of faith. Their faith is in the non-existence of God, or at least the believe themselves to be gods. It is really quite amusing to see how atheists vilify faith, yet their faith is more unreasonable than mine.

    They insist a government neutral toward religion and “non-religion” (which is a misnomer.) The trouble is that government cannot be neutral between religion and atheism. Everyone has a religious faith. What the atheist insists is that government favor their religious point of view.

    If government ignores Christianity, it favors atheism. If government acknowledges Christianity, it rejects atheism. Government neutrality is a myth.

    Many people believe that agnosticism is the halfway point between religion and atheism. That too is a lie. An agnostic is nothing more than a lazy atheist. He doesn’t want to take the time to do the hard word of study and research to find out if there really is a God, so he pretends not to choose a side. In the end, though, he lives his life as if there is no God. Thus, the agnostic lives the atheist’s life.

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  2. The strange thing about atheists is that they insist they do not have faith. “I believe in reason and science.” They are wrong. Atheists are people of faith. Their faith is in the non-existence of God, or at least they believe themselves to be gods. It is really quite amusing to see how atheists vilify faith, yet their faith is more unreasonable than mine.

    They insist in a government neutral toward religion and “non-religion” (which is a misnomer.) The trouble is that government cannot be neutral between religion and atheism. Everyone has a religious faith. What the atheist insists is that government favor their religious point of view.

    If government ignores Christianity, it favors atheism. If government acknowledges Christianity, it rejects atheism. Government neutrality is a myth.

    Many people believe that agnosticism is the halfway point between religion and atheism. That too is a lie. An agnostic is nothing more than a lazy atheist. He doesn’t want to take the time to do the hard work of study and research to find out if there really is a God, so he pretends not to choose a side. In the end, though, he lives his life as if there is no God. Thus, the agnostic lives the atheist’s life.

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  3. […] “Seven In Heaven Way” (via Samuel at Gilgal) Posted on July 9, 2011 by wdednh Seven firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 recently had a street named in their honor near their fire station in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The street was named “Seven in Heaven Way”. Now, a group called “New York City Atheists” is insisting that the street sign is offensive to their beliefs and violates the First Amendment to the Constitution. The group’s president says the public domain is no place for signs or di … Read More […]

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