Obama Administration Meets With Atheist Group Today

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist
Representatives of the Secular Coalition of America, whose board members include atheist activists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, are scheduled to meet with officials from the Obama administration at the White House today.

“No one opposes men and women who are incidentally agnostic or atheist from expressing their concerns, even to the White House,” says Catholic League president Bill Donohue. “The problem with today’s meeting is the profile of the coalition’s members and organizations. On the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America are such activists as Robert Boston, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby and Michael Newdow. Member organizations include American Atheists, the American Ethical Union and the Council for Secular Humanism. All of these persons and groups have a track record of open hostility to people of faith, and some have been downright bigoted in their assault on Christianity, especially Catholicism.”

The meeting is unprecedented and marks the first time an administration plays host to “some of the biggest anti-religious zealots in the nation,” Donohue says.
“If President Obama does not want to go to church, that is his business,” Donohue writes. “But it is the business of the American people, most all of whom are believers, to know where the president and his administration stand with regards to their concerns. It is not likely that this outreach to anti-religious activists—many of whom would crush Christianity if they could—will do anything to calm the fears of people of faith. Indeed, it will only alienate them even further.”

Donohue believes the public should be informed of what was discussed at the meeting and promises to do all he can to find out.
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