It’s been a long time since I’ve heard the name of LaShawn Barber. She’s a Christian right blogger I used to write about now and then. Think a second-rate Star Parker, who is already a third-rate screed writer. Barber has a column in World magazine pitying us poor atheists because we’re under the control of Satan.
The Bible doesn’t command us to litigate with unbelievers to preserve tax exemptions or government funding for Christian events, facilities, or symbols. Our hope lies in Christ, not in a “moral” government or even a godly culture. So what should we do, if anything, when unbelievers push their agenda and lobby the government to confine us to private religious expression? Can we make the case that our efforts are a form of sharing the gospel?
The Bible teaches that God’s Word is veiled to those who are perishing. Satan, whether we call him the devil or the evil one, has blinded the unbeliever. Though defeated from the beginning, he’s allowed to wander to and fro in this fallen world. Unbelievers say they don’t worship him, but he’s “the god of this world,” and his influence is obvious. Let’s pray that our primary emotion when hearing about atheists painting themselves as oppressed victims or suing to remove all vestiges of faith from the public square is compassion.
I think I speak for a lot of atheists when I cordially invite you to stick your fake compassion up your ass. You’re confusing compassion with condescension.