Bishop Arthur Serritelli of Paterson, New Jersey has wise words about faith and tolerance at the Catholic News Agency “Bishop’s Corner” blog.
The Bishop has a good point:
… there are many agnostics and atheists who are good. The very statement hardly denies the existence of God. In fact, the contrary is true. To what does one appeal to say what is good and what is evil, what is right and what is wrong? How does one judge what is good, if there is no objective standard?
His point is in reference to an ad campaign by The Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason that says “Millions of Americans are good without God.” The essay examines intolerance on the part of atheist/agnostic groups against Christians, especially at Christmas-time 2010, when the American Atheists put up a billboard in New Jersey which mocked the Nativity of Our Lord and claimed that He never existed.
I like to think that we Christians are more tolerant, and when atheists celebrate their holidays, we wouldn’t waste our money on buying advertising to refute and belittle them. OH, wait… their holidays…? Hmmm… As Bishop Serritelli says:
The atheists are right in this: reason makes us celebrate.
Read Bishop Serritelli’s essay at http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/column.php?n=1452.