The Establishment and Non-Prohibition Religion Clauses of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - by default - not merely assume (instead of presume) but even declare the existence of religion.
Therefore, those who declare themselves "atheists" are - of necessity - enemies against (NOT "of") the State, thus have no right nor deserve to inhabit any part of the territory of the United States . . .
. . . unless (with questionable generosity and over-broadmindedness) one considers "atheism" to be some kind of accursed and despicable "religion" itself.
Such, apparently, is the case . . . because presently our police officers and court judges neither arrest nor convict those claiming to be atheists. Even though such atheists are frowned upon, ignored, rightly discriminated against, excluded from various churches, civilian, and military groups and organizations . . . they are not currently arrested, jailed, brought to trial, convicted, imprisoned or even executed. Yet.
Some have queried why atheists should be considered verifiable goofs and non-slanderously termed: insane idiots.
Such semantics are based not merely upon Brit-emigrated/American-Founding-Father-authored writings reflecting the consensual agreement of a majority of pluralistically ethno-cultured pilgrim pioneers, but (and FAR more importantly) upon their non-plagiarized Judeo-Christian (Sacred-66-canonical-books) Holy Bible, enlightening us with:
Deuteronomy 32:39 "'See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand."
Second Samuel 7:22 Therefore you are great, LORD God; for there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
First Kings 8:22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forward his hands toward heaven;
First Kings 8:23 and said, "LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing reliably-continuous love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart . . ."
Did we ever hear George "Why-Iraq" Bush, William "Lewinsky" Clinton, Jimmee Carter or even Ronny Reagan say anything significantly close to that on national network TV?
First Chronicles 17:20 There is none like you, LORD, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Second Chronicles 6:13 Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the court; and he stood upon it. Then he knelt upon his knees in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread forward his hands toward heaven;
Second Chronicles 6:14 and said, "LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant and showing reliably-continual love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart . . ."
Did we ever hear Barack HUSSEIN Obama ever come close to saying that in any of his rhetorical campaign speeches in 2008 or 2012 [letting alone not giving 2010-elected House Republicans credit due them, nor blaming pro-abortion-choice Pelosi/Reid/etc. for high gas prices and the homo"gay"-Barney-Frank Nationwide Mortgage Collapse]?
Would islamic muslims object to the reference about Israel IF Obomination Media publicly petitioned Jesus as Solomon did? Would divisive-Herodian-type ACLU and treasonous Americans United for Separation of Church/Synagogue/Mosque along with hypocritically-self-named-clergy/non-separated-from-church "rev" Barry Lynn find anti-atheistic Presidential prayer offensive? Would there be howls for impeachment from avidly-activist and lividly-lunatic atheist [fools]? Would there be rioting rebellious renegades perpetuating public-nuisance perniciousness instigated and incited by anti-Christianity-in-government [traitor]-atheist "secular humanists" broadcasting on MSNBC nationally and AM 950 in the Twin Cities?
Psalm 10:4 In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek Him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
Psalm 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable works, there is none who does good.
And co-conspiring, Scriptures-twisting/misinterpreting/misapplying, anti-Constitution subversives blatter out: "Atheists and agnostics are some of the kindest, most noble, moral, decent, hard-working, and sensible people I know. Consider relentless accusators Bill Maher and Mike Malloy, not to mention Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz or Lawrence O'Donnell along with Piers Morgan and Anderson Cooper and their ilk." (?)
Psalm 53:1 To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. The fool says in his heart: "There is no God." They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is NONE who does good.
Isaiah 44:6 Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: "I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
Isaiah 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I dress you, though you do not know me . . ."
First Corinthians 8:4 Concerning (not "regarding") therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but One.
First Corinthians 8:5 For though there be what are called "gods" [or "idols"] whether in heaven or on earth -as there are many "gods" and many "lords" -
First Corinthians 8:6 yet to us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we in Him, and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are all things, and we by Him.
I have heard the babblings and blurbilizationizing of self-aggrandizing atheists on radio and elsewhere, and have noticed several things about them.
First of all, they are self-contradictory hypocrites in claiming that there is no God. If there really was no God, why would they even mention the name of an entity which they do not believe even exists? Why even mention "God" and then hypocritically proceed to doubt and question whether or not He exists?
The same type of "Why-suggest-it-if-you-do-not-even-believe-it" irrationalization reminds me of what Jesus said to His detractors:
Matthew 26:25 Judas, who betrayed Him, said, "Is it I, Master?" He said to him, "You have said so."
Matthew 26:63 But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God."
Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Matthew 27:11 Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You have said so."
Mark 15:2 And Pilate asked Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "You have said so."
Luke 23:3 And Pilate asked Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And He answered him, "You have said so."
Secondly, they invariably and quasi-deceptively divert off on cultic tangents and different-subject diatribes . . . mentioning, alluding to, and trying to equate false or misrepresentative or ridiculous non-proven superstitions of pagan and other cults with Judeo-Christianity.
Thirdly, they - with despicable pride and noxiously-putrid self-esteem - glory in proclaiming that they "do not know if whatever in the Bible is true or not true, if Jesus actually did the [purportedly] "exaggerated" or "[magic] tricks" the "stories" (i.e. historical records) "suggest" that "He?" did, and so on. And not simply the "bizarre" accounts of Jesus, but ALL the other [so-called] "fables" or [alleged] "myths" of other "supernatural-like" rare and unusual events recorded in the Old Testament also.
Now, to put it into plain (and perhaps somewhat vulgar jargon), such self-righteous/non-righteous doubters and skeptics eventually "have to pee or get off the pot." They HAVE to decide - sooner or later - if the totality of what is contained within the Holy Bible is either true or instead a lie. They are not nor will be able to "straddle the fence of indecision" forever. And when the Lord decides that they must now decide at His determined precise time, they will decide at that time - and there will be no further putting off, delay, procrastination, nor postponement.
Let talk about us. You - the reader of this - and I, the author.
Assume that both of us were on some sinking Titanic. We were both exhausted and almost completely immobilized - floundering weaker and weaker in the frigid Atlantic ocean on a dark night. We barely had enough energy to reach out and grab a lifebuoy thrown to us by someone in a passing fishing boat. The boat driver was cruising along at trolling speed and could not stop the outboard engine, being headed for a seriously-needed refueling source in the distance.
At that point, we would either grab the rope in belief that the rope would stay together and not break, that the guy in the fishing boat would hang on to his end of the rope, that he would not let go of the rope until he pulled us aboard his boat, and so on. Being saved with maritime faith. Having seaworthy belief in naval rescue.
We could - under those emergency conditions - not "stay on the pot," but would indeed and in fact "either pee or get off the pot." No more time for further belligerent and arrogantly-proud pseudo-sophisticated and fake-"intellectual"/"scholarly" doubt, indecision, questioning or rebuttal. It would be "now or never." A bonafide life-threatening scenario with imminent lethal potential. "Get the hell into my boat, or get your indecisive ass out of my way and quit bothering me!"
It has been said that Karl Marx started out progressively writing a divinity thesis in Germany on the gospel of John, but then made the fateful decision to digressively become an atheist communist soon afterwards. Similarly, rumor has it that Charles Darwin was pro-choice about becoming a priest, but then decided to choose the heretical anti-Genesis deviancy of an atheistic evolutionist.
Such men - apparently - stayed that way all the remainder of their damnable wretched lives, as did Madame Blatavsky, Gurdijiev, Rasputin . . . but not so with son-of-Billy Franklin Graham nor murderous-Pharisee Saul who wisely and thankfully decided to become Saint Paul when he willingly "saw the Light" on the road to Damascus.
This brings us to the subject of confession.
Confession never saved anyone. Western creeds mouthed by the mindless frequently are as similarly ineffective as mantras muttered during oriental meditations. Why reveal or repeat to God or anyone else the mistakes we have committed? Is it pleasant to blatter on saying such self-deprecation? A socially-respectable way to get our jollies? Does it make the one confessed to feel happy, content, satisfied, edified, or grateful? Does such confession ever absolve or eradicate guilt?
Confessions uttered to anyone (including the Lord) do not automatically accrue nor deserve forgiveness. Why should reminding anyone over and over and over and over and over how we screwed up rectify things and compensate for damage done? How does confession actually help at all - and what possible good does it do or can come of it?
It is beyond deliberation that both you and I have made "mistakes." But, what are "mistakes?" "Mistakes" to who? In whose opinion were such considered "mistakes?" To a police officer? A civil-court judge? One's parents? One's school teacher? One's corporate boss? A customer? Jesus?
Similar interrogatives are applied to the phrase: did "wrong?" Who says it was "wrong?" "Wrong" in what way or ways? How was it "wrong"? Why was it "wrong?" So what?
Genesis 3:11 He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
Numbers 22:34 Then Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, "I have sinned, for I did not know that you did stand in the road against me. Now therefore, if it is evil in your sight, I will go back again."
Second Samuel 13:18 (RSV/NASV) Now she was wearing a full-length (NOT "multi-colored] robe with long sleeves; for thus were the virgin daughters of the king traditionally dressed . . .
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God; to draw near to listen is better than to offer the [mopheaded/sleevesless/slacksless/soxless] sacrifice of fools; for they do not know that they are doing evil.
Isaiah 47:1 Come down and sit in the dust, virgin [female] daughter [of Babylon]; sit on the ground without a throne, [inferior-gender] daughter [of the Chaldeans]! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
Isaiah 47:2 Take the millstones and grind meal [get to work and quit aimlessly roaming around sexually harassing men you are not presently married to], put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs [with shortened or slitted skirts, or shorts of any length, or nothing covering them at all], pass through the rivers [near public beaches, especially during summer].
Isaiah 47:3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your shame shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no human [including mopheaded or naked-armed or nude-legged or soxless-sandals-wearing female youth attending Sunday School].
Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and the spring rain has not come; yet you have a harlot's brow, you refuse to be ashamed.
Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them, they shall be overthrown," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among the fallen; when I punish them, they shall be overthrown, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 2:25 Keep your [flipflop-noisy]feet from going [soxlessly] unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go.'
Ezekiel 16:27 Hey, therefore, I stretched out my hand against you, and diminished your allotted portion, and delivered you to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior.
First Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
9 also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in decent apparel, not with plaited hair or gold or pearls or costly attire
10 but by good works, as befits women who profess religion.
11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness.
12 I allow no [inferior-gender] woman to teach or to have authority over men [especially on TV and radio]; she is to keep silent [keep her sexually-harassive, confusion-causing, irritating mouth, shut].
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve;
14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor.
15 Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with seriousness.
Consider each penitent sinner [and how "penitent?"], who is involuntarily duressed by indecently-misdressed harassive surrounding wicked infidels, goes to church each Sunday and makes a general-litany group confession of non-specified sins [or a conglomerate summary described with the singular word: sin). He or she publicly discloses that they have committed general [non-specified non-detailed] sin. They hear "the gospel" that because of the death of Jesus their Perfect Atonement and Redeemer they are forgiven of such non-specified/non-detailed sin . . . and they believe that His Sacrifice has is said to have erased the penalty of their sin carte-blanche. So God forgives them completely, but (like David who suffered the consequences of his adultery with ambitious and probably-nude-at-the-time [mopheadedly baring arms and legs and feet with porno-summer-styles sleeveslessness and slackslessness and soxlessness?] deliberate?-exhibitionist Bathsheba along with Dave's conspiracy to commit murder against Bathsheba's husband Uriah) they suffer whatever effects of whatever general non-specified/non-detailed sin they did.
But then, wounded with consequences for previous sin - but completely forgiven - they sin again. And again visit the church only to again and [repeatedly] tell God how they have again [and repeatedly] in effect slapped Him in His face and again been immorally unfaithful to Him in disobeying whatever part or parts of His Bible they did.
But, again, each penitent sinner [and how "penitent?"], who is involuntarily duressed by immodestly-misattired harassive surrounding wicked infidels, goes to church each Sunday and makes a general-litany group confession of non-specified sins [or a conglomerate summary described with the singular word: sin). He or she publicly discloses that they have committed general [non-specified non-detailed] sin. They hear "the gospel" that because of the death of Jesus their Perfect Atonement and Redeemer they are forgiven of such non-specified/non-detailed sin . . . and they believe that His Sacrifice has is said to have erased the penalty of their sin carte-blanche. So God forgives them completely, but (like David who suffered the consequences of his adultery with ambitious and probably-nude-at-the-time [mopheadedly baring arms and legs and feet with porno-summer-styles sleeveslessness and slackslessness and soxlessness?] deliberate?-exhibitionist Bathsheba along with Dave's conspiracy to commit murder against Bathsheba's husband Uriah) they suffer whatever effects of whatever general non-specified/non-detailed sin they did.
But then, wounded with consequences for previous sin - but completely forgiven - they sin again.
However, this time the consequences have accumulated so much and piled up to the extent that a 911 call is made for an ambulance, accompanied by a squad car, and the sinner's body is transported to the morgue, with funeral arrangements quickly made concerning (not "regarding"?) the newly-deceased, and then the corpse in the casket is completely obedient to the Divine imperative:
Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have erred.
Psalm 4:4 Be angry, but sin not; commune with your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.
Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.
Zephaniah 1:7 Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is at hand; the LORD has prepared a Sacrifice and consecrated His guests.
Zechariah 2:13 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He has roused himself from His holy residence.
Luke 1:20 And hey, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time."
WILL the doubting skeptic or atheist THEN believe that as the absolutely-motionless non-cremated disembodied soul of the constantly-reoffending-but-incessantly-repenting sinner/saint ascends into Paradise, that he or she will - to his or her Creator - implore (though not impose) one final plea for forgiveness and/or be given a response somewhat like: "I forgive you - for the final time - and you will sin NO more, because that is what you had always wanted, deep down - as did I?"
Not unless the doubting skeptic moron or fool atheist (not currently confined within a secure asylum or nut ward confining the criminally insane) first admits and assents to the common-sense conclusion that there obviously is some "Creator" who (in admitted non-illusion reality) assuredly created all phenomena and all entities in the total environment around them.
Most will continue to be atheists and agnostics to their much-appreciated final demise, and when asked why they are continuing in their disbelieving stupidity, they might retort with: "Because I can, and want to."
My answer to that is: "Speak for and about yourself." Don't say: we, but instead say: I. Your opinions apply to you and NOT me. I do what I do to contradict and oppose you, because I can - and want to."
Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation who did righteousness and did not reject the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments, they delight to draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:18 On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness
Hebrews 7:19 (for the law made nothing perfect); on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 7:25 Consequently [Jesus] is able for all time to save those who draw near to God throughHim, since He always lives [in stark contrast to the the long-dead-and-silently-decomposing Virgin Mary] to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith [in Jesus - not Julie Andrews, who had 'Confidence in Confidence alone'] it is impossible to please Him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that: (1) He exists, and (2) that He rewards those who seek Him.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands [and consistently wear hijab/burka-modest clothes when in general public view during warm weather], you sinners, and purify your hearts, you humans of double mind.