In an article written for the Biblical Recorder, Baptist Editor’s Network writers report a statement made by Watergate figure Chuck Colson that seems to liken atheism to Radical Islam in terms of being a threat to America.
The United States faces the twin dangers of radical Islam and radical atheism, Chuck Colson, the former Watergate-conspirator who founded Prison Fellowship Ministries, told the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors Conference.
“No time in history have we looked around and seen greater danger,” Colson told the assembly, held immediately prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in San Antonio.
“We have a danger from the East and a danger from within. We are fighting a form of Islam married to facism,” he said.
“But there is a second threat – a culture war” emerging in Western society, Colson said. “Two-thirds of Americans say there is no such thing as moral truth.
Then Colson attempts to make atheists look militant, almost painting them as violent people.
“Today with neo-atheism, it is all-out war,” he said, noting Richard Dawkins’ book, The God Delusion.
“We are under a vicious attack by neo-atheists. Christians have got to be able to speak up and give a reason for the hope that is within us,” he said.
By using the term “war” to describe the goals of atheists, even if meant to be symbolic, the title and first paragraph of this article now has equated atheism to radical Islam. This is a abhorrent comparison. One is an old doctrine of religious violence and civil inequalities. The other stands firmly AGAINST those things.