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Full text (emphasis added): DONOHUE’S BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

September 2, 2009

Catholic League president Bill Donohue’s new book, Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America, is now in bookstores. Additionally, it can be ordered online at several book outlets. For $20, including shipping and handling, it can be ordered from the Catholic League: go to http://www.catholicleague.org for information.

Here is what some are saying about the book:

· “In these dispatches from the culture war, the indefatigable president of the Catholic League fires on all cylinders. With passionate prose he re-creates many of his hard-won religious battles and offers an urgent warning about what lies ahead.” – Raymond Arroyo, bestselling author of Mother Angelica, host of EWTN’s “The World Over Live”

· “In this bracing, brutal exposé of the anti-God movement, Donohue delivers a common sense smackdown that is both informative and entertaining.” – Laura Ingraham, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and bestselling author

· “Like the man himself, the book is feisty, controversial, impassioned, and important.” – Michael Medved, nationally syndicated talk show host

· “Bill Donohue is right on target. Every Christian needs to read his book.” – Donald E. Wildmon, founder and chairman, American Family Association

· “SECULAR SABOTAGE is an absolute must-read for anyone who believes the Judeo-Christian ethos is the very heart and soul of civilized society.” – L. Brent Bozell III, president, Media Research Center

· “Wake up, America! The secular minority has cut the brake cables on America’s In-God-We-Trust-Mobile™! Not even all 43 of our Christian presidents can save us now.” – Stephen Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report”

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Last week, a representative for the Illinois state legislature publicly and viciously berated an atheist who was testifying in a hearing over a government grant to a church.

A transcript and the audio recording can be found here at Eric Zorn’s Chicago Tribune Blog. I highly recommend both reading and listening to it. Rep. Davis’ tirade starts of as a stern admonition, sounding more like a frustrated school teacher or parent. She speaks slowly and clearly, with the measured cadence of a woman used to being listened to and respected. However, as she goes on, her pitch rises, her anger surfaces, and by the end she is lambasting Rob Sherman for his beliefs, and ordering him out of his chair. According to Rep. Davis, an atheist has “no right to be here.”

Rep. Davis, a Democrat, has served the people of Illinois for 20 years. Though I am unfamiliar with her record, I’m sure she’s done great works over the course of her career. I have no doubt that she is considered by many to be a good person, and that should I meet her, I would feel the same way.

This is the paradox of bigotry. Barack Obama recently related the story of his white grandmother’s inherent racism. I’ve encountered the same in members of my own family. Perfectly lovely people, people that I love and esteem, are capable of mis-characterizing a vast swath of people based entirely on the color of their skin, their origins of birth, or their religion.

Rep. Davis’ bigotry came out in full force when she was confronted with her personal devil: The Atheist. Rep. Davis is a member of the NAACP, and is certainly old enough to remember the civil rights movement of the 1960s, yet she angrily denounced an atheist, accusing him of trying to “destroy what this state is built upon” and verbally negating his first amendment rights. How can she fail to see the parallels? Substitute the word “Jew,” or “Homosexual,” or “Christian” and you have an example of hate speech that likely would have made Davis cringe. But for someone who has classified the atheist as “other” this kind of castigation is morally correct, even necessary.

Thursday night, Rep. Davis called Rob Sherman to apologize. Last week the blogosphere erupted. Then on Tuesday Keith Olbermann featured Davis on his “Worst Person in the World” segment. Wednesday and Thursday the mainstream newspapers picked up the story, finally, and ran with it (although local ABC coverage of the event before the blog kerfluffle completely ignored it). After all of that, Davis called Sherman to apologize.

According to Sherman and State Rep. Jack Franks….Davis claims her outburst was triggered by learning shortly beforehand…that there’d been another Chicago Public School student killed.

Sherman says Davis told him she “took out her frustrations and emotions on me and that she shouldn’t have done that.” Sherman says Davis’ explanation was “reasonable” and that he forgives her.

Davis didn’t apologize for what she said about atheists, or for her bigotry.  She apologizes for her outburst and for taking out her frustration on Sherman. Sherman graciously accepted her apology, and it was well made. However, Davis owes more than just an apology to Sherman. She blasted him for his atheism, which by extension includes everyone who shares his beliefs. If she truly was angry about the shooting, and didn’t intend to malign atheists, if she believes that atheists have as much right to speak up as theists, then she needs to issue a public retraction of her statements, and apologize for her bigotry.

If she stands by her statements, as Sally Kern did, then she’s nothing but a bigot, and needs to be unseated by another worthy Chicago resident.

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This was posted in one of the Atheist communities I frequent. The poster and the first commenter made the following comments:

“Yep, we’re to assume God is responsible for everything around us, and for us to actually use our brains to solve questions/problems or whatever is blasphemy.”


“I just love how she tries to make god seem noble, gentle, and omnipotent. we all know that ‘god’ would be pissed if we actually tried to understand our world. we’re supposed to just assume that ‘god did it!’ and nothing more.”

However, I disagree…

The Word of God
Catherine Faber

And we who listen to the stars, or walk the dusty grade
Or break the very atoms down to see how they are made,
Or study cells, or living things, seek truth with open hand.
The profoundest act of worship is to try to understand.
Deep in flower and in flesh, in star and soil and seed,
The truth has left its living word for anyone to read.
So turn and look where best you think the story is unfurled.
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote the world.

From desert cliff and mountaintop we trace the wide design,
Strike-slip fault and overthrust and syn and anticline…
We gaze upon creation where erosion makes it known,
And count the countless aeons in the banding of the stone.
Odd, long-vanished creatures and their tracks & shells are found;
Where truth has left its sketches on the slate below the ground.
The patient stone can speak, if we but listen when it talks.
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote the rocks.

There are those who name the stars, who watch the sky by night,
Seeking out the darkest place, to better see the light.
Long ago, when torture broke the remnant of his will,
Galileo recanted, but the Earth is moving still
High above the mountaintops, where only distance bars,
The truth has left its footprints in the dust between the stars.
We may watch and study or may shudder and deny,
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote the sky.

By stem and root and branch we trace, by feather, fang and fur,
How the living things that are descend from things that were.
The moss, the kelp, the zebrafish, the very mice and flies,
These tiny, humble, wordless things — how shall they tell us lies?
We are kin to beasts; no other answer can we bring.
The truth has left its fingerprints on every living thing.
Remember, should you have to choose between them in the strife,
Humans wrote the Bible; God wrote life.

This poem seems more in favor of Spinoza’s God rather than the God of the bible. God less as an old man in the sky judging his unworthy creation, and more as the creative force behind nature, or just the embodiment of nature itself.
I prefer not to anthropomorphize nature, but that’s really all that’s happening here. It’s pantheistic, not theistic.

I posted something to this effect and one of the commenters issued a mea culpa. Still nothing from the original poster (who is not the poet).

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