The second circuit court ruled last weeki that the iron cross found in the rubble of the World Trade Center towers can stay in the 9/11 Museum. A group called the American Atheists sued on the grounds that the display of the cross was in violation of Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The argument was quickly shot down on merits. The court said, "With this recognition, a reasonable observer would view the primary effect of displaying the cross at ground zero, amid hundreds of other (mostly secular) artifacts, to be ensuring historical completeness, not promoting religion." To find out just how ridiculous it is, you'll have to watch the video.
There's a lot I don't understand about atheists. If you don't believe in God, it's your soul that's lost. But why must this one tiny organized group of atheists, the American Atheists, constantly take pot shots at people of faith. They sue because of symbols of hope at the 9/11 Museum. They put up billboards around Christmas time with the nativity scene that say "you KNOW it's a myth." Because a statehouse has a statue of the ten commandments on its grounds they want to put up a statue of Satan . . . seriously?
What I think is that atheists like to pronounce the fact they are atheists for the shock value. And this very small subset of atheists desperately wants attention. They feel intellectually superior in their non-belief and want to ridicule people of faith. As a friend of mine says so often, "it might take you a while to find out I'm a Christian, but you'll know an atheist or a vegan ten seconds after you meet one." And this group of atheists are basically cowards--they pick on Christians because they know we won't fight back. That's why they don't put up billboards ridiculing Muslims. I'll take them much more seriously when they do that.
So lets do what Christians do. Lets not give up on them, and pray for them. Perhaps one day they'll wake up and realize they've got a God-shaped hole in their heart that's empty, and seek to fill it. I was an atheist once myself, but back when I was still in high school, a friend and his family introduced me to someone that changed the course of my life forever. Jesus Christ.