Guest Address by David Blodgett “Why Am I an Anti-Theist”

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David Blodgett

Although the National Atheist Party, as a secular political organization, is not an anti-theist group, it is important to remember that we DO oppose Dominionism and Theocracy – the idea that government can and should be run by a single religious denomination. David Blodgett makes that point abundantly clear in the following personal essay; an essay that uses the quoted material of religiocentrism to hammer home the idea that a government favoring any one religion will inevitably oppress all others. – Troy Boyle, President

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I am sometimes asked why I am an Anti-Theist, why I am resistant to organized religion, in particular in the religion of Christianity which dominates American society. The following is a list of quotes from the religious right, the Christian right. These are their leaders pronouncing what they want the parishioners to think, believe, and act upon. They are religious leaders, Icons, Activists, Politicians and even a General. Read them and see for yourself.

Jerry Falwell
“If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.”

Gary Potter (Catholics for Christian political action)
“When the Christian majority takes over this country, there will be no satanic churches, no more free distribution of pornography, no more talk of rights for homosexuals. After the Christian majority takes control, pluralism will be seen as immoral and evil and the state will not permit anybody the right to practice evil.”

Gary North (Institute for Christian Economics)
“The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and holy communion–must be denied citizenship.”
“This is God’s world, not Satan’s. Christians are the lawful heirs, not non-Christians.”

James Kennedy (Center for Reclaiming America)
“The Christian community has a golden opportunity to train an army of dedicated teachers who can invade the public school classrooms and use them to influence the nation for Christ.”

Jay Grimstead (Coalition on Revival)
“We are to make Bible-obeying disciples of anybody that gets in our way.”

Jimmy Swaggart (Jimmy Swaggart Ministries)
Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it…Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.”

John Whitehead (Rutherford Institute)
The [Supreme] Court, by seeking to equate Christianity with other religions, merely assaults the one faith. The Court in essence is assailing the true God by democratizing the Christian religion.”

Joseph Morecraft (Chalcedon Presbyterian Church)
“Nobody has the right to worship on this planet any other God than Jehovah. And therefore the state does not have the responsibility to defend anybody’s pseudo-right to worship an idol.”

Joseph Scheidler (Pro-Life Action League)
“I would like to outlaw contraception…contraception is disgusting – people using each other for pleasure.”

Keith A. Fournier (Catholic Way)
We need a legal strategy which protects the rights of those of us who hold Christian convictions which will afford us the opportunity to contend once again for the mind of this culture.”

Jerry Vines (Southern Baptist Convention)
They would have us believe that Islam is just as good as Christianity. Christianity was founded by the virgin-born son of God, Jesus Christ. Islam was founded by Muhammad, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives, the last one of which was a nine-year-old girl.”

Robert Simonds (Citizens for Excellence in Education)
“Atheistic secular humanists should be removed from office and Christians should be elected…Government and true Christianity are inseparable.”
“We’ll take away their power and their money. Money comes from students. We’ll break their backs by taking 24 million kids out of the public schools.”

Robert T. Lee (Society for the Practical Establishment of the Ten Commandments)
“The best way to insure the earth is never over populated is for sensible and righteous governments to clear all forms of atheism and heresy.”

Star Parker (Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education)-Activist
“Anybody that believes in separation of church and state needs to leave right now.”

Tony Evans (Promise Keepers)
“The demise of our community and culture is the fault of sissified men who have been overly influenced by women.”

Ann Coulter (Conservative News pundit and author)
“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
“Being nice to people is, in fact, one of the incidental tenets of Christianity, as opposed to other religions whose tenets are more along the lines of ‘kill everyone who doesn’t smell bad and doesn’t answer to the name Mohammed’”

Pat Buchanan (Presidential Candidate)
“Our culture is superior. Our culture is superior because our religion is Christianity and that is the truth that
makes men free.”

Roy Moore (Former Alabama Judge)
“Worship With Your Vote”

William Rehnquist (1924 – 2005)(Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)
“The ‘wall of separation between church and state’ is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.”

John Ashcroft (Attorney General)
Civilized people – Muslims, Christians, and Jews – all understand that the source of freedom and human dignity is the Creator.”

Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)(President of the United States)
For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ.”

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin
George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States, he was appointed by God.”

George W. Bush (President of the United States)
“God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.
“This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while”

Joseph McCarthy (1908 – 1957)(Senator, R-WI, 1947-1957)
“Today we are engaged in a final, all-out battle between Communistic Atheism and Christianity.”

And now I ask you, why are you NOT incensed? All this hate, all this concrete fixation that “their” Christian religion is the correct one and that all others are “less”, and yet they consider themselves as persecuted as the Jews during the Holocaust?

Pat Robertson (Christian Coalition)
“Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different…More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.”

Make no mistake many of these individuals want AMERICA to be as they think it should be, and what you think or feel is irrelevant because “YOU ARE LESS”. Since you do not follow their faith, your opinions, thoughts and feelings do not matter. To some, your existence does not matter.

Randall Terry (Operation Rescue)
“I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good…Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God to conquer this country. We don’t want equal time. We don’t want pluralism.”
“Our goal must be simple. We must have a Christian nation built on God’s law, on the ten Commandments. No apologies.”
“When I, or people like me, are running the country, you’d better flee, because we will find you, we will try you, and we’ll execute you. I mean every word of it. I will make it part of my mission to see to it that they are tried and executed.”
“There is going to be war, [and Christians may be called to] take up the sword to overthrow the tyrannical regime that oppresses them.”

I stand opposed to such ideology.

David Blodgett is a 51 year-old grandfather and disabled Army veteran fortunate enough to have not seen combat. Although he attended college he is mostly self-educated and holds no degree. He is a single grandparent currently raising his grandson at home.


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