November 3, 2002
GOT 'EM FLANKED:Nonbelievers march on Mall (Denise Barnes, 11/02/02, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)
Thousands of nonbelievers converged on the Mall yesterday to demand equal rights under the Constitution and separation between politics and the pulpit during the first-ever Godless Americans March on Washington.
The roughly 2,000 demonstrators from around the nation--self-proclaimed atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and secular humanists--toted cardboard signs that read, "One Nation Under the Constitution," "Religion Kills" and "God is a Fairytale." [...]
The speakers included Michael Newdow, the West Coast physician whose lawsuit led a San Francisco federal appeals court to rule in June that "under God" be stricken from the Pledge of Allegiance--a ruling widely expected to be reversed on appeal.
At one end of the Mall is the Lincoln Memorial, dedicated to the President who said the following:
"[T]his nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom...
At the other end is the Washington Monument, dedicated to the President who, in his final public address to the Nation he had served so well, said the following:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?
Though obviously entitled to their own beliefs, these protestors are not sincere friends of freedom. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2002 7:53 AM