The headlines from the Christian News Network website read, “Texas School District Paints Over Ten Commandments Following Complaint From Atheist Activist Group”. A high school in O’Donnell, Texas had a mural of the Ten Commandments painted on a wall. An atheist group, motivated by one unidentified individual has forced its will onto an entire community and made the school paint over the word of God.
This sort of thing isn’t new. It is a re-occurring act that has been going on for a long time.
It was several years ago when I first noticed and wrote about the re-occurring trend of atheist complaints and their victories over entire towns and communities about anything to do with God. This most recent victory for atheist in Texas is consistent with that trend. We really need to pay attention to what is going on here for small, unknown and outside voices are crumbling the very Christian fabric in which entire communities have been built upon.
First and formost with this trend is that the complaint is almost always filed by the same organization, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). They are an atheist group based out of Wisconsin. The opening sentence in their “About” section of their website describes this group perfectly.
“The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion.” Freedom From Religion Foundation.
It is obvious that FFRF does not know or understand US history for its entire foundation is Christianity. But at least their opening statement helps us to understand their moral compass and lack of the Holy Spirit in their souls.
FFRF likes to pick on small communities, public schools, town councils and such and threaten them with big lawsuits. These small entities have small budgets and could never financially be able to handle a lawsuit of this nature and magnitude properly. So what do these small public entities, like the high school in Texas do? They bow to the wishes of the atheist.
Another observation I’ve made over the years is that FFRF is usually filing the lawsuit on behalf of one person. Sometimes two people, but it’s usually a singular complainant. It is just one person that files one complaint that is stripping entire towns and communities of their Christian beliefs and heritage!
We have a David and Goliath scenario here. FFRF creates a huge monster of fear and intimidation. But instead of David taking on the giant, the Christian communities have been retreating back from the valley of Elah to the safety of the mountain top!
The last thing I’ve observed about these FFRF lawsuits is not only is the complainant they represent singular, but they are also anonymous. Now let’s just stop and think about this for a moment. A Wisconsin based atheist organization is roaming the land like a lion looking for whom he can consume, representing one person in their complaint and that one person is always kept unknown.
You can’t help but have an Ephesians 6 moment when you hear all of this!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13).
The O’Donnell, Texas School Superintendent Dr. Cathy Amonett said in a statement that, “Although the district’s students and community members strongly support the preservation of the mural as it is, I have decided that its continued display in the commons area of the school is not in the district’s best legal interests,” she said in a statement.
Again, it is one anonymous atheist that is ruling over an entire Christian community.
Legal interests and the high cost of defending them is the Goliath FFRF uses to defeat the David’s all across America. FFRF is not dumb. They pick fights with communities, schools and organizations who cannot adequately defend themselves in a court of law. But Man’s law has no strength against God’s law. The faux Goliath that FFRF puts forward can be beat and has been beat repeatedly.
According to Rational Wiki some of FFRF losses include the following.
- Challenged a Congressional proclamation calling 1983 “The Year of the Bible” (dismissed as moot)
- Challenged a Ten Commandments monument in a public park in La Crosse, Wisconsin (dismissed)
- Filed a federal lawsuit to stop the building of a chapel at the Illinois statehouse (lost in appeals court)
- Went to Colorado state court to remove a Ten Commandments monument on Capitol grounds in Denver (lost in State Supreme Court)
- Challenged “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency in Colorado (lost in 10th Circuit Court)
- Tried to block the state of Wisconsin from granting $100,000 to assist building a center at St. Norbert Catholic College, DePere, Wisconsin (lost in appeals court)
- Challenged a lighted nativity scene in a public park in Waunakee, Wisconsin (lost in Wisconsin Supreme Court)
- Sued over the removal of its banner, “State/Church: Keep Them Separate,” from the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol (lost in federal court)
- Went to federal court in Missouri to sue over the phrase “So help me, God” on tax forms (case was dismissed, then was lost after refiling).
The trend Of FFRF filing a complaint in another state, for one person against an entire community and that one person kept anonymous, this trend will continue. It will continue as long as schools, community organizations and small towns believe in the power and strength of the faux Goliath. We need to adopt the attitude of David when he first saw Goliath and said, “…for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Who shall defy the living armies of God and prevail? Just remember to take on the whole armor of God so that you can withstand the evil, (FFRF) when they shall come.