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Atheist Dave Silverman is twisting the Constitution and attacking your rights

Posted by Stephen on July 27, 2011

When I went to visit the site of the World Trade Center after 9/11 I experienced moments that are hard to put into words. It was powerful. It was sad. It was moving in a way I can never really explain. It was also inspirational.

Standing with my face pinned to the chain link fence that surrounded the site, my heart beat with such verocity I felt as though it might explode. My eyes fixed on one object in the midst of twisted steel, dirt and massive pieces of broken concrete. I fought back tears. I wanted to climb the fence and make my over to this singular object standing alone in a field of rubble. It amazes me, even today, how impacting the sight of two pieces of steel continues to be.

Now Dave Silverman, head of The American Atheists, wants to take that memory away by filing suit to remove two pieces of steel that he has decided prevents him from expanding his atheist viewpoint.

Two pieces of steel with a piece of one of the planes draped over it stood in a place where all other evidence of past life had been destroyed. Of course, there was no avoiding the shape the two pieces of steel took on. They were in the shape of a cross. I will never, for as long as I live, forget what I saw through that chain link fence.

Unfortunately, the world contains hate. Dave Silverman hates; he fights for his right to hate and he uses the Constitution as his guiding document. Dave Silverman, as a hate filled atheist, insists that the steel in the shape of a cross violates the separation of church and state clause of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

It doesn’t matter how wrong Dave Silverman is because he doesn’t care about your rights. He just fights for his right to spread his hate. After all, if he were really concerned about Constitutional Rights, he would acknowldege that nothing about a memorial built to remember more then 3,000 people has anything to do with the 1st Amendment. Furthermore, he would be forced to place his hate to the side long enough to read the first Amendment.

In an attempt to overcome the ignorance displayed by Dave Silverman and his atheist friends, I would simply state, for the record, that the 1st Amendment reads as follows:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, OR prohibiting the FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

First, the placement of two pieces of steel that look like a cross in no way is an attempt by government to make a law respecting an establishment of religion.

Second, Silverman contends, “the WTC cross has become a Christian icon.” So what if it has. There is nothing that states that the memorial is going to make it a religious monument. They simply plan to include it as part of a memorial and acknowldeging it’s impact on people who saw it. All the plaqaue has to read is “here stands the only remaining portion of two buildings where 3,000 people lost their lives.”

Despite the hate filled ramblings of Silverman, the fact is his claims have no merit whatsoever. Nothing about the steel shaped cross has anything at all to do with any relationship between the church and the state. It is a gross misrepresentation of the 1st Amendment and simply another attempt by Dave Silverman to attack MY Constitutional Rights.

Simply stated, the American people should file a lawsuit against Dave Silverman for attacking the 1st Amendment Right to Free Exercise of Religion.

Despite the ignorant, hate filled rants of Dave Silverman,there is nothing in the Constitution that says he, or any atheist, has any right to prevent me from expressing my faith in any way, shape, or form in any public place in the United States I choose to express it.

Quite the contrary.

In fact, the Constitution states, in language even the intellectually challenged Dave Silverman can understand, that he, nor anyone else, cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion, nor can he abridge my freedom of speech, nor can he suppress my right to peaceably assemble to see the cross shaped steel.

In a press release Silverman states that the steel shaped cross, “has been blessed by so-called holy men and presented as a reminder that their god, who couldn’t be bothered to stop the Muslim terrorists or prevent 3,000 people from being killed in his name, cared only enough to bestow upon us some rubble that resembles a cross. It’s a truly ridiculous assertion.”

That’s Silverman’s assertion. That’s his case in attacking the rights of others. My response; so what. Silverman doesn’t have to go to the memorial, nor does he have to believe that those two pieces of steel represent anything other then left over rubble. After all the government has never stated that it is a cross; the church has never stated it is a religious site.

Dave Silverman is attacking your Constitutional rights, but that never matters to the hate filled side of this discussion that believes that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were established to take rights away from people.

Dave Silverman clearly needs a civics lesson. He needs to be reminded that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were established to protect the rights of the people. It even protects his right to spew hate filled rhetoric, and to live a life dedicated to attacking the rights of those he does not agree with simply because he doesn’t agree.

However, thanks to that same wonderful document, he doesn’t have the right to win.


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