By Tom Quiner
This time, they are “insulted” that Brooklyn, New York has the temerity to dedicate a street sign honoring seven firefighters killed in 9/11. What’s the fuss? The street has been named “Seven in Heaven” Way.
The President of the New York atheists, Ken Bronstein said:
“There should be no signage or displays of religious nature in the public domain. It’s really insulting to us. We’ve concluded as atheists there is no heaven and there’s no hell.”
Mr. Bronstein even employs a moral standard in expressing his disgust:
“And it’s a totally religious statement. It’s a question of separation of church and state. It’s irrelevant who it’s for. We think this is a very bad thing.”
By what measure does Mr. Bronstein determine what is “good” and “bad?” Atheists by definition are moral relativists. After all, only God can be the ultimate source of moral objectivity.
The widows of the slain firefighters probably think the name of the newly named avenue is a very good thing.
Anyone who believes in an afterlife, which includes the vast majority of Americans, thinks this is a very good thing.
And the writers of the Constitution of the State of New York would probably think it is a good thing. After all, they invoked God’s name in the preamble of the state constitution:
“We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings, do establish this constitution.”
The Constitution of the United States of American makes it clear that there shall be no establishment of a state religion. It says nothing about expunging the name of the Almighty and his “home” from the public square.
And nowhere in any constitution in this great land of ours does it say we have a right to be free from being offended.
Chill out. Life’s too short (especially if you’re an atheist!) to get worked up over such a minor issue as this one .