Stating historical facts is not discrimination
By J.J. Jackson
Blacks were once enslaved in America. Jews were once persecuted and killed by Germany's Nazi Party. Thomas Jefferson fought and defeated Muslims who were, even that long ago, targeting Christians because they believed their religion mandated such of them. These are all statements of historical fact. None of them are discriminatory. They are truths.
Discrimination is defined by Mirriam-Webster's Dictionary as a "prejudiced or prejudicial outlook". Prejudice is no necessarily a bad thing. For example, being prejudiced against lies is a good thing. Being prejudiced against bigots is a good thing. But, when used as a pejorative, prejudice is "an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge". So discrimination, meant as a derogatory label, is an outlook based on unjust and faulty beliefs. When one speaks the truth however, one cannot be discriminating in a deprecating way. Truth is just truth.
So I have to laugh when I read that anonymous, read cowardly, atheists are suing a school district in Massachusetts, of course it is in Massachusetts, to remove the words, "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. The attorney representing these hyperventilating, soft-skinned souls, one Mr. David Niose, defends the lawsuit by saying that the words "Under God" being contained in the pledge discriminates and, "suggests that people who don't believe in God are less patriotic than others, and that's just not the truth."
No Mr. Niose, it does not say that. Maybe instead of trying to get your fifteen minutes of fame for doing something stupid you should actually read the pledge and comprehend it? It says only that the nation we live in, the United States of America, was formed, "Under God." This is an historical fact. And as an historical fact it cannot be discriminatory in a bad way.
To summarize why this is truth, only the facts need to be considered. Our Founding Fathers regularly evoked God in public and as justification for why the United States should be an independent nation. Our leaders from way back when the nation was still young even proclaimed days of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the entire nation. The Declaration of Independence is rife with references to God spoken in the flowery and grandiose language that the time dictated should be used to pay homage to the Creator. Even our very Constitution itself proclaims that the act of its creation was done "In the Year of Our Lord", 1787.
Atheists, it seems, always become antsy any time they come face to face with the reality that most people believe in America believe in God. They break out in hives and shiver uncontrollably whenever they hear the fact that our founders formed this nation with a reverence towards God and God's laws. They collapse into convulsing seizures any time they themselves have to utter the fact. The fact the First Amendment protects them from being forced to worship in a way that is contradictory to their own Godless theology by the government is not enough for them. They want no mention, publicly, that anyone believes, on in the case of our Founders, believed, in God.
So why do atheists insist that Americans reaffirming the historical fact of our nation being founded "Under God" is so dangerous to them? I can only surmise that their own belief in their own religion of Atheism is so fragile that the intrusion upon it by the mere mention of another is damaging to their psyche. And yes, atheism is indeed a religion. As I have pointed this out before, much to the disdain of unthinking atheists, the dictionary defines religion in its most simplest terms as, "a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith," with no God or gods required. As such, Atheism fits the mold of a religion.
To remove "Under God" from the Pledge is nothing more than trying to hide a historical fact because of a frail sensibility held by a minority who just cannot abide by it. The simple phrase of historical truth is so disgusting to them and they cannot cease until it is removed from their sight and they are able to never have to admit it as truth. But the fact that removing this simple phrase of historical truth is disgusting to so many others does not even faze them. The hypocrisy of what they want is lost in their blind incoherency and pursuit of their ultimate goal which is that none shall utter an historical truth that offends them. So they make dumb arguments about "discrimination" to try to cover for their inability to cope with reality.
J.J. Jackson is a libertarian conservative author from Pittsburgh, PA who has been writing and promoting individual liberty since 1993 and is President of Land of the Free Studios, Inc. He is the Pittsburgh Conservative Examiner for Examiner.com. He is also the owner of The Right Things - Conservative T-shirts & Gifts. His weekly commentary along with exclusives not available anywhere else can be found at http://www.libertyreborn.com.