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Atheist group: Our country's history is Godless, so remove Founding Fathers' religious quotes

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Because nothing screams “Establishment Clause” like quotes from Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., an atheist organization is demanding the State Department remove religious quotes from passports.

“The next thing you know, they're going to challenge the Declaration of Independence,” Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel says of the complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, or FFRF.

The atheist organization has issued a letter to the State Department because passports it issues contains quotes from notable Americans, and some mention God.

A press release from FFRF claims the United States is governed by a “secular and godless constitution,” and therefore American passports should be secular and godless, too.

Some examples of the quotes included Thomas Jefferson declaring, “The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.”

A second example came directly from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address when he said, “That this great nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)Staver says the complaint clearly reveals their agenda, which is to wipe out any mention of God or our Christian history.

“They won't be content until they ultimately succeed,” Staver tells OneNewsNow.

“That's why we've got to be very vigilant,” he continues. “We have to understand their agenda. It's radical. It's atheistic. And we've got to defend it with all the vigor we can.”

Staver says there is no way in which the passport statements harm nonbelievers, noting that many are quotes from the Founding Fathers.

“They've never established a religion during the 200-plus years that they've been in existence and are certainly not establishing a religion now,” he says. 

"Just because the Freedom From Religion Foundation is offended does not give them any right to bring suit and rewrite our history,” adds the Liberty Counsel spokesman.

Staver believes the State Department should stand its ground but notes the Obama administration is “very anti-Christian.” 

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