- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Along with the Christmas season comes the annual uprising of atheistic Grinches determined to spoil it. They might get some satisfaction out of wrecking a few nativity scenes, but their long-range goal of expunging religion from American society isn’t going to happen: The search for God is innate.

Early in December, the Freedom from Religion Foundation targeted a religious display on the courthouse lawn in Henderson County, Texas. The Wisconsin-based atheist organization stated that the display violated the U.S. Constitution and should be removed. County Judge Richard Sanders and a majority of county commissioners pushed back and refused.

The atheists changed tactics and demanded authorization to hang their own anti-religion banner at the nativity scene that read, “At this season of the Winter Solstice, let reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but a myth & superstition that hardens hearts & enslaves minds.” Their request came too late but they said they would try again next Christmas season.

Nonbelievers’ efforts to extinguish the religious impulse is all for naught. The desire to correspond with a supernatural being is common to virtually all cultures throughout human history. Egypt’s pyramids and England’s Stonehenge are powerful reminders of the length to which our ancestors went to demonstrate their commitment to something higher than themselves and their brutish earthly existence. Modern atheists’ obsession with denying the reality of God can be viewed as simply the flip-side of the same religious yearning.

Some scientists contend the faith-oriented aspect of human nature is encoded in our DNA. Geneticist Dean Hamer of the U.S. National Cancer Institute made that argument in a book in 2005 titled “The God Gene: How Faith is Hardwired into our Genes.” He hypothesized that a certain gene labeled VMAT2 is responsible for the human urge to have spiritual or mystical experiences. Believers have used that scientific theory to conclude that the presence of a God gene is proof that God exists, a proposition hotly disputed by nonbelievers. Nevertheless, the ongoing argument simply bolsters the observation that the search for an answer to “the God question” is ever present in the human consciousness.

Try as they may, atheists in communities across America won’t succeed in deploying their obsession with denying God to shatter the innate faith of their fellow countrymen. Rather than giving them the satisfaction of playing the Grinch and spoiling the spirit of the season, it’s better to simply wish them a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year.

The Washington Times