US atheist organisation demands apology after Alabama university chancellor sends out video about importance of religion for democracy

Atheists in the US are demanding an apology from a university chancellor who suggested religion is fundamental to a functioning democratic society.

Jack Hawkins, the chancellor of Alabama’s Troy University, sent his students and staff a video about “religious freedom” as part of an end-of-year message, reported.

But American Atheists, a group that campaigns for the absolute separation of government and religion, criticised Hawkins for implying that those who do not believe in God cannot be “moral, law-abiding citizens”.

h/t Dr. J

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.

    -President John Adams to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, 1798

  • BillyHW

    Atheists never stop whining.

    • Frau Katze

      Some of them can be extremely tiresome.

      • tom_billesley

        Kinda stupid to demand an apology for something only implied rather than stated.

  • Whatever one may feel about religion, the freedom to worship or not is a valuable one.

    If only militant atheists could recognise that… in Islamist states where their deaths are assured.

    • WalterBannon

      I agree, except for Islam. They should not be free to do anything except be deported.

      • Militant atheists look for things with which to be offended. They don’t care that they live in one of the few places on the planet where they can be sanctimonious @$$holes and still live.

        We have the right to worship or not as we please in the West. It should apply to everyone. If this right bothers some, they can try their luck in Syria. I heard there’s tons of wiggle room there.

    • Freedom

      It is freedom of religion , not freedom from religion.

      • SEE: the separation of church and state

        People can believe or not believe. What they cannot do, as they accuse others, is force their non-belief on others.

  • WalterBannon

    Uh, just what exactly do they want an apology for, this atheist wonders?

    These must be “progressives” as they clearly lack the ability to respond with a cogent rebuttal and demand that people must think only in their approved ways.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    So where are our resident atheists on this issue?

  • Martin Luffa

    The fact is that the Constitution and Bill of Rights is a barrier against government infringing against your Natural Rights.

    “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”

    Preamble, Declaration of Independence

    Atheists are naturally anti-Constitution simply because they have chosen to reject Natural Rights.

  • Freedom

    Screw them, who cares,they don’t believe in anything anyway.