Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fail Quote: WND’s Farah says atheists aren’t “real Americans”

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Joseph Farah (editor-in-chief, WND)
Joseph Farah

I know I’ve only just written about him (what can I say – he’s catnip for snark), but here’s today’s excerpt of idiocy from WorldNetDaily top chump, Joseph Farah, purporting to explain why atheists can never be True AmericansTM:

America was founded on a creedal statement. It can be found in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Thus, America was founded on the principle that the Creator God endowed men with certain unalienable rights. This statement formed the basis of self-governance in a world ruled by kings and tyrants. It is the principle that set America apart from the rest of the world.

Shorter Farah: “The Declaration of Independence mentions a vague and undefined ‘Creator’ once, which I say can only mean the Christian God, so that’s why atheists aren’t welcome in America.”

Of course, never mind that the United States’s laws are derived from the U.S. Constitution – which doesn’t even mention that nondescript ‘Creator’ – and not the Declaration of Independence, or that the Constitutionally guaranteed “freedom of religion” inherently includes “freedom from religion”, or even the ever-useful Treaty of Tripoli, in which Founding Father and second President John Adams outright declared that the U.S. Government “is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion”.

But let’s not be so foolish as to let facts get in the way of Christianist supremacist delusions.