|“||Atheism has long ceased to be a rare and oft-ignored philosophical outlook...It has transformed itself into an active political programme with clear objectives which, though they vary from state to state, unequivocally include the elimination of state religion, religious education, and the enshrinement of scientism. - Gordon Stein||”|
It involves the following objectives:
- Removing Creation Science from curricula and outlawing its teaching in schools
- Outlawing personal religion in schools under the guise of "separation of church and state"
- Indoctrinating atheistic and evolutionary ideology into students, and thus the public at large
- Undermining Christianity and other organized religion through widespread misinformation and deceit
The atheist political movement originated during the French Revolution, as Jacques Hébert and the Hébertists seeking to create a national atheist religion, the Cult of Reason in opposition to Robespierre's theistic (though violently deistic and anti-Christian) Cult of the Supreme Being.
Atheists' attempts to destroy faith were magnified in the 19th century, as philosophers such as Comte and Marx attempted to describe religion's downfall as inevitable, while Darwin and Freud attempted to twist science to support atheism in a pseudoscientific fashion. (Note that the vast majority of scientists remained Christian throughout the 18th-20th centuries.)
Creation Science and Evolution
The agenda begins with education, as it is the most powerful way to impact the views of a populace. Atheists force the teaching of evolution as fact into scientific curricula, while using lawsuits to silence critics and remove and prohibit intelligent design.
By doing so, atheists can remove the necessity of God in the universe in the minds of students, providing a foothold for atheist ideology.
Atheist evolutionists routinely refuse to debate, notably as they typically lose to creationists, instead choosing to mock and deride creationism as not worth their time.
Outlawing Personal Religion
Atheists seek to not only make school sanctioning of religious activity illegal, but to make any profession or personal act of religion illegal in educational institutions. This has had some limited success in the United States, but is state policy in France, where wearing religious clothing or symbols is an expulsion offense. By limiting or removing religious expression in schools, atheists hope to reduce its impact in students' lives and, most importantly, limit opportunities to spread the word. The ultimate expression of this, to which all atheists aspire, was the prohibition of all forms of religious expression in Communist-era Albania (1945-1991).
Atheists use biology and religious studies classes to:
- Instill the idea that man is just another animal
- Suggest that Christianity is "just another religion," not inspired truth
- Belittle those who hold viewpoints opposed to evolution, atheism, or liberalism in general
- Establish that there are no 'absolute' morals, and belittle those who think there are
- Hide the facts connecting atheism to crime, poor mental health, and suicide
In philosophy classes, atheists focus heavily on atheist and nihilist thinkers, especially Descartes and Nietzsche, while ignoring far more important and influential Christian philosophers, such as St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Kant, in an attempt to paint atheism as intellectual and faith as foolish.
This is perhaps the broadest aspect of the atheist agenda. It involves activity in virtually all spheres of public discourse, but especially broadcast and print media, as well as higher educational institutions.
The primary route is through the liberal mainstream media, which routinely portrays religion and the faithful in a negative light. Pro-atheist and anti-religious articles are routinely printed in newspapers and magazines, and even letters to the editor are selected in a biased fashion. Portraying adherents of religion as intolerant, racist, or otherwise foolish is a key tactic in painting it in a negative manner.
Atheists and liberals are avidly attempting to discredit the impact of Providence in human history (see Liberal Denials about History), despite it being easily proven for centuries, since Bacon and John Foxe, and its acceptance by the American founding fathers.
- Gordon Stein, Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion, 74.
- Karla Poewe, New religions and the Nazis, 85.