Check out the very first sentence of this article:
I was drinking my coffee and reading the paper this morning and wondered what was actually MEANT by that statement: "so near-providential as to give the most hardened atheist pause". Providence still has a PLACE in our history? REALLY? Divine intervention is such a cop-out. I can't believe that people BELIEVE in that anymore but obviously I'm in the minority opinion here.
(On a side note: I suppose some people are looking at Hurricane Irene as some sort of sign that god doesn't want the memorial to be dedicated today...there must be a REASON for it......)
And I'm curious about the term "hardened atheist" because it makes it sound like we're a bunch of 'hard-hearted' people that have reached our viewpoints by being contrary just for the sake of being contrary.
I think it's also interesting that patriotism and Christianity are so tightly woven together. Anybody else has to put up with having their patriotism and loyalty and moral fiber questioned. The author of the article, Charles Krauthammer, refers to MLK as a 'prophet'. What a loaded term to use. He slips it right in there like nobody is going to notice!
A lot of believers think that we aren't even to be considered citizens -- let alone patriots. Plus the fact that they believe that there are "no Atheist in foxholes", whereas there are many Atheists in the military.