Tag Archives: God

God Gave Us Guns, Says Rick Santorum

God Gave Us Guns: Rick Santorum
By David G. McAfee

Rick Santorum on Friday told the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action that Americans’ rights – like the right to bear arms – “come from God, because you are a creation of a loving God, and you have dignity because of that.”

The former Republican presidential candidate, speaking at an annual NRA-ILA leadership forum conference, contrasted the United States with countries in Europe, which he said have a “secular, dying culture” with few rights. Santorum also referenced the French Revolution as a “godless” revolution, in contrast to the American Revolution, which was apparently approved by God. In other words, “God is on our side.” Continue reading

The King and His Son

The King and His Son

By David G. McAfee

Once upon a time, there was a powerful and benevolent king. He ruled with grace and love over his subjects and, without him, he assured them that they would surely perish. For all of his grace, the king demanded only worship from his subjects, and little more. Continue reading

We are all Born Atheists: I Just Stayed that Way- PART ONE Childhood and Religion

We are all Born Atheists: I Just Stayed that Way Part ONE

By David G. McAfee 

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My Childhood and Religion

            Everybody is born as an atheist and, without submersion into religion as a child, we would most likely maintain that position… more often than not, however, this is not the case. My parents were not religious people… They may have abused substances religiously- but church was probably the last thing on their minds. When I was two years old, my parents divorced and began their separate lives pursuing drugs to feed their addictions. Clearly, they felt that they were unfit to properly care for their child (though they were always a large part of my life and, for the most part, acted in accordance with standard human morals and decency)- my grandmother thankfully volunteered to care for me until my mother or father could afford (financially and emotionally) to raise me. She never mistreated me or abused me, but she was the first person in my life to introduce me to religion and the authority of the church. Continue reading

Two Nations, Under God: The Canadian Charter from an American Perspective

 Two Nations, Under God

The Canadian Charter from an American Perspective

By David G. McAfee

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               As an American scholar of Religious Studies- as opposed to Theology- I am accustomed to studying religions and their various effects on society (positive and negative) from an objective point of view. I look at religion from a phenomenological approach and analyze how it came to be, why people continue to practice these ancient traditions, and what similarities each religion holds to one another. In American society, I particularly focus on the hypocrisy of the term ‘separation of church and stateand how it holds little meaning in the American culture in which “IN GOD WE TRUST” is printed on all legal tender, and churches participating in political actions remain tax-exempt. From the pledge of allegiance, to the very laws we live by, religion (specifically Christianity) is sewn into the fabrics of America’s past, present, and future. Continue reading

Morality Vs. Worship

Morality versus Worship

Copyright David G. McAfee

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            “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”[1] Continue reading

America- One Nation Under God

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AMERICA

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD

 

 Introduction

             “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.” These great words, written by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a group of Danbury Baptists, originated the belief that the doctrine of separation of church and state was the original intent of the first amendment saying “…no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof…” Though we have this strong sense of separation between religion and politics, this boundary is sometimes overlooked because of the overwhelming dominance of Christianity in America. Though separation of church and state has often served as a pillar of support for our flourishing government, the Christian majority seems to override our secular-based government in many ways beginning in the days of the puritan colonists in the early 1800’s. Continue reading

American Atheist- Inaugural Speech

George Washington was the first President inaugurated in the United States of America, John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic ever elected President, and Barack Obama was the first African American to be sworn in. And now, for the first time in American history, the citizens of this amazing country will have the opportunity to take part in an event that will turn the page on our archaic belief structure by electing the first ATHEIST President of the United States of America. Continue reading