A very small minority of militant atheists are imposing their "anti-God religion" on the rest of America, according to Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis, who made an appearance on Monday on Fox & Friends with Elizabeth Hasselbeck. As Ken Ham pointed out during the interview, atheists only make up about 2 percent of the population in the United States and yet, as he pointed out, they "seem to be having such say in our culture in imposing their anti-God religion."
Hasselbeck and Ham pointed out atheists' recent aggressive advertising campaigns at Times Square in which some of their anti-Christ messages read: "Who Needs Christ During Christmas? Nobody" with the word "Christ" being crossed-out, and "Celebrate the True Meaning of Xmas" - surrounded by words such as "charity", "family", "friends", and "food", implying that Jesus Christ is not the true reason for the Christmas season.
As Ken Ham pointed out, regarding this aggressive atheist movement, they "are becoming so aggressive, I just feel it's really time that Christians really stood up in this culture, to take on the atheists, and to proclaim a message of hope."
Ken Ham is not making the argument that the voices of militant atheists be silenced, or that their constitutional rights be stripped away. What he is clearly stating, however, is that there is a very important battle of ideas and beliefs that is unfolding. One is a message of hopelessness (atheists). The other, a message of hope (Jesus Christ).
"I mean, let them promote their own message......and their message of hopelessness...but what they do is attack Christianity and they attack the Lord Jesus Christ."
In other words, this group of militant atheists - it seems - isn't satisfied in simply exercising their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and of religion, but rather, they seem intent on stripping away those very same rights away from fellow Americans who happen to be people of faith, targeting Christians in particular. (Interestingly enough, no billboards have been reported of these militant atheists ridiculing or mocking Islam, or other faiths).
"Well, you know, the atheists who are a very small minority in the population, have been trying to impose their religion of atheism on the culture now for quite a while....you know, getting bible, prayer out of school, Christian symbols out of public places, and they've conducted a very aggressive billboard campaign the last couple of years," says Ham.
In deed, a simple internet search of "atheists sue" yields 149,000 results, highlighting the countless cases of atheists suing to, in essence, strip away the constitutional rights of their fellow Americans. It seems this cultural battle carries with it very powerful ramifications for millions of Americans. This doesn't appear to be a simple case of playground name-calling.
Yet, particularly striking, as Hasselbeck pointed out during the interview, is the fact that although this small percentage of atheists appears to be experiencing considerable success in American culture, recent polls reveal something different.
Rasmussen reported on Friday that 67 percent of Americans polled feel that Christmas should be more about Jesus than Santa Clause. Another Rasmussen poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer the phrase "Merry Christmas" over "Happy Holidays". And, in yet another very telling poll, an overwhelming 75 percent of Americans think that Christmas should be celebrated in public schools.
The question then becomes, "If the overwhelming majority of Americans identifies with the celebration of Christmas and, in particular, the birth of Jesus Christ, then why is such a small percentage of militant atheists experiencing so much cultural success?"
Why are so many Americans walking around afraid to exercise their constitutional freedom to say "Merry Christmas", whether it be at home, at school, or at work?