Suppose that a large majority of citizens of a small town in Georgia decide that no one who lives there may own a gun. The town tells people that they can’t have guns. Some of them – a small minority -- object.
They assert their federal constitutional Second Amendment right to bear arms. They insist that the town is violating their rights and demand that they immediately cease and desist. The town’s authorities respond by calling the minority residents bullies. “Stop bullying our kids,” they whine.
Apparently asserting your constitutional rights in Georgia is considered bullying. If you assert your rights there you’re bullying their kids.
Think about that for a moment. It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? Since when does asserting your constitutional rights make you a bully? The reality is that it’s the majority in that fictional town who are the bullies. They’re the ones who are violating the minority’s constitutional rights. They minority are merely standing up for their rights.
No logical person in his right mind would ever define those who assert their constitutional rights as bullies. One would have to redefine the word “bully” in order to conclude logically that people who stand up for their rights are bullies.
Well, I admit that the folks in Georgia do indeed respect most people who assert their constitutional rights – especially when it comes to Second Amendment rights. Never in a million years would they consider them bullies. Some might not like their neighbors owning guns but they would surely never call them bullies for asserting their right to own guns. The term “bully” just doesn’t fit in that situation.
But when it comes to people who assert their First Amendment Establishment Clause constitutional rights, it’s a far different story. Logic in that situation is thrown to the wind. Those atheist scumbags are bullies according to a large majority of Christians in the town of Gainesville, Georgia. “Stop bullying our kids,” they whine pathetically.
The people of Gainesville Ga. want their government run public schools to endorse, support and sponsor Christianity at High School football games. They’ve established have a routine practice in which the coaches conduct Christian prayers with players and other participants right in the middle of the field during games. The official team documents contain biblical references and Christian messages.
Of course the townspeople of Gainesville know full well that this practice violates the First Amendment rights of minorities but they simply don’t care. If anyone objects and asks them to stop doing it, that person will be branded a bully. They have a new definition to the term “bully.” A bully is anyone who objects to the town establishing the Christian religion in public schools.
“The American Humanist Association (AHA) is about to learn a very important lesson -- folks around Gainesville don’t take kindly to out-of-town atheists trying to bully their children,” says commentator, Todd Starnes of Fox News. “As we say in the Deep South, local residents are preparing to back up and bring it.”
“If the atheist group doesn’t like the prayer, tell them to stick their fingers in their ears,” said one Christian resident. “I am a mom of two of the football players on the CHS football team and I consider it an honor and a privilege to have my boys on a team that is led by men that believe and trust in God,” said another. “I think it's a shame for one person to try and take that away from them.”
The American Humanist Association says that the coaches are using their positions to promote Christianity and that such religious activity is not an isolated incident.
“Guilty as charged,” said Congressman Doug Collins, who represents Georgia’s ninth congressional district. “The liberal atheist interest groups trying to bully Chestatee High School kids say they have a reason to believe that expressions of religious freedom are ‘not an isolated event’ in Northeast Georgia,” Collins writes. “They’re right. In Hall County and throughout Georgia’s 9th district, we understand and respect the Constitution and cherish our right to worship in our own way.”
Yes, the people of Gainesville Ga. respect the Constitution when it comes to their own First Amendment rights, but when it comes to the First Amendment rights of non-believers who are standing up for their minority rights – they’re bullies.