Robert Rinearson writes in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel:
Recently, in a blatant attempt to force a set of beliefs down the throats of the citizens of Marion, the mayor ordered the removal of the Ten Commandments from city hall. This forces all who now enter city hall to have to gaze upon the beliefs of atheists everywhere ó which is, of course, nothing!
So, the absence of the Ten Commandments is the same as the presence of atheist beliefs? To call such a statement absurd would be far too kind. Frankly, itís the sort of thing one could only expect from someone without the slightest understanding about atheism, logic, or even rudimentary critical thinking. That, apparently, describes Robert Rinearson perfectly:
Personally I donít want to believe in nothing. I want to believe in something. Why should I be subjected to having to witness that which embodies the atheist belief on government property? All across this nation, our courts are supporting the atheist religion in removing other religious and historical displays.
Actually, Rinearson should want to learn how to think coherently. The government doesnít put up signs that embody atheist beliefs when it removes signs that promote his Christian beliefs. Thatís just the pathetic whining of someone who canít get over the fact that the government doesnít have the authority to promote his religion.
Itís instructive that Rinearson doesnít even attempt to offer a defense of why the government should be promoting his religious beliefs. Why not? Perhaps because he has figured out that such promotion would be wrong, but of course he canít admit that. No, it would be easier to simply attack atheists by distorting what atheism is and pretending that he actually knows something about the subject.
How can anyone deny that atheism is itself a religion?
Itís easy, Bob: religion is a type of system of beliefs; atheism is the absence of a particular belief (in the existence of gods). Because atheism isnít even a single belief, much less a system of beliefs, it isnít possible for atheism to be a religion. This is pretty simple logic ó but as we have already seen, Robert Rinearson doesnít know the first thing about logic.
If atheists will show tolerance and allow the Ten Commandments a place in the hallways of our government institutions, then Iím sure that traditional religious organizations will in return allow a blank place on the wall next to the Ten Commandments. What do you say?
I say that the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel to even consider publish a column from someone like this. Robert Rinearson is supposed to be a ďProfessional Conflict Mediator Fort Wayne Community Schools,Ē but I pity the children whose conflicts Rinearson allegedly mediates. If Rinearsonís idea of ďcompromiseĒ is for the government to promote his religion while also promoting his distortions about atheism, then I shudder to think about the ďcompromisesĒ he recommends to students.