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Brian Lilley - April 5th, 2012
It is Easter weekend. Tonight is the night Christians mark the day when Jesus Christ held the last supper with his apostles. Tomorrow, Good Friday is a statutory holiday, as is Easter Sunday.
Yet in spite of all this we are forever told by our better thans that Canada is not a Christian nation.
Some even want to push any mention of religion any attempt for people to live out their faith completely out of the public square. They want people of faith to be silent, to give up their rights whether in teaching their own children, running their own schools or in matters of conscience when it comes to certain jobs.
I wonder how many of those people will be at work tomorrow slaving away at their desks?
While the new militant atheists seem to want to push religion out of the public square they have no problem living in a society built on the Judeo-Christian foundation.
And make no mistake our society is built on that foundation.
Our laws, our customs, our court systems all stem from that tradition.
Did you know why we don’t execute people that are mentally ill?
That goes back in the ages and was established because those not in a proper state of mind would not be able to make a proper confession of their sins and therefore killing them would also be condemning them to hell. It was seen as the compassionate thing to do.
Today in those places that still have the death penalty they still don’t execute the mentally ill and if it is suggested people even here in Canada are horrified.
Those that want nothing to do with religion will claim people have died in the name of religion, wars have been started and it is a source of pain so we should get rid of it.
True wars have been started including the crusades but wars have been started for all kinds of reasons including women – we haven’t done away with women have we?
Now about the killing and violence. The claim is that if we did as John Lennon suggested and imagined there was no religion then there would be no violence.
Let’s examine that.
The most vicious regimes of the 20th century were officially atheistic and also committed more mass killing than anyone in history.
Stalin – the communist leader of Soviet Russia oversaw the slaughter of and Mao Tse Dong the communist revolutionary who took over China is responsible for deaths.
Look, I’m not saying that if you are an atheist that you are in favour of murder or are steps away from going on your own killing rampage I’m just pointing out the fallacy of the lazy arguments passed off as deep thoughts these days.
In fact while as a Christian I believe that everyone should join my religion, if you don’t, I don’t have a problem with that.
I believe the theory is live and let live. I can put forward my views, you can put forward yours and we can all make up our own minds.
But with the new militant atheists and secularists that doesn’t appear to be an option.
From pushing for God to be dropped from our national anthem, trying to make sure you can’t mention Easter or heaven forbid Christmas in a school to now conscience rights – trying to force doctors who have religious convictions to perform abortions against their will – there is no rest for the other side.
Except for tomorrow, and Sunday of course.
I hope as those people rest that they consider that there may be room for more than one world view in our society.
And that’s the Byline.