This concept of freedom from religion has taken on many different meanings, including the meaning that one should be able to dictate to another how and if they can worship if he who would prohibit does not agree with the others religion. The Marxist/Progressives strongly advocate for this position. Marx did say that all worship of God should be abolished. The following is an example of how that is being accomplished in this transformation we were promised by Obama and the Marxist/Progressives.
A secular group is urging freshmen lawmakers to refrain from joining the Congressional Prayer Caucus, arguing the group discriminates against “non-religious Americans.” How can this be discriminatory if all are free to join or not join with nobody being barred for any reason? Perhaps members of the secular group should attend. I am sure they would be welcomed.
In a letter sent to all the newly elected members of Congress, The American Humanist Association bashed the prayer caucus, specifically pointing legislation that re-affirmed “In God We Trust” as America’s motto and a resolution that “rejects, in the strongest possible terms, any effort to remove” references to America’s religious foundations from public places. How does a group of people freely getting together to have prayer together have any bearing on any motto or resolution? These prayer warriors are not in any way prohibiting the Humanists from their rights. Maybe the Humanists are objecting because they fear the prayer warriors will pray for them; which I would believe they do.
“One in five Americans now identifies as nonreligious, and the numbers of nonreligious, atheist and humanist individuals in this country continue to grow,” Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said in a statement.
“When members of Congress publicly endorse public prayer and religion, they alienate the increasing population of Americans who are good without a god as well as Americans of minority religions.”
The Association’s letter says the daily prayer in the House and Senate “relegates non-religious Americans and others who don’t pray to the status of second-class citizens.” It sent a similar letter after the 2012 elections.
These are totally illogical statements. The choice of one person or a group of people choosing to pray is not based on the numbers of people who do or do not agree with them. It is not a condemnation of anybody who would choose not to join them.
It is quite clear that the fear of the Humanists is not based on the first amendment, because the first amendment clearly protects the rights of a group of people to gather for prayer if they so choose. The fear of the Humanists lies in their fear of knowing that God listens to and answers prayer .