Franklin Graham took to his Facebook page to rant about the Reason Rally:
Isn’t it ironic that they met on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial where these words are engraved in stone: “We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation UNDER GOD shall have a new birth of freedom.” President Abraham Lincoln acknowledged the inherent role God plays in establishing our rights and freedoms and so did many of our founding fathers. Now these atheists promoting secularism want to strip God out of America’s past, present and future. Here’s a warning— If you remove God, you remove God’s hand of blessing. That’s been shown over and over throughout history.
I don’t think it’s ironic that atheists held a rally around a government document with the words “under god,” or at least no more ironic than the fact you often find doctors in the presence of sickness. Violations of church/state separation are bad for the body, as it were, we just want to treat it.
Also, if god gave us our freedoms, why does his book and followers conflict with the very notion of freedom? Want to get married to someone of the same sex? Nope, no freedom for you. Want to make graven images, worship other gods, work on Sunday, etc? Well, even though those conflict with the 10 commandments, and have been prohibited in many Christian societies throughout history, you can still do them in America — not because our freedoms come from god, but because wise men enshrined them in spite of, not because of, Christianity.As for the empty threat of removing god’s blessing, here’s a screen cap of the 2015 Human Development Index by the UN:
This is the top 49 in the world and I see a lot of the worlds most atheistic countries on there (primarily toward the top). The United States is an outlier toward the top, probably because we have shitloads of resources, not because god is watching over us (and, if he is, he seems to like some largely atheistic countries more than he likes us). Conversely, the nations at the bottom are full-to-bursting with god belief.
So it seems that, in reality, ditching the whole god concept actually correlates to things going better in your country, not worse.