‘Imagine No Religion’

At least The Denver Post’s Electa Draper has written about something other than a religious group or theme. She has turned her attention to the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has purchased a Denver billboard stating, “Imagine No Religion.”

The following segment of Draper’s article gave me an exasperated chuckle:

Passer-by Joseph Sanchez, 23, said the billboard didn’t upset him but that he doesn’t agree with it.

“I’m not really big on organized religion, but I love religion,” Sanchez said. “It’s important for people to keep religion somewhere in the back of their mind but not to take it too seriously.”

The ultimate effect of pragmatism on Americans is that many of them no longer take ideas — any ideas — seriously.

Unfortunately, FFRF’s message is a bad one. The group explicitly refers to John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” which anticipates global socialism of “no countries” and “no possessions.”

We don’t have to imagine the consequences of Marxism: we need merely look to the Soviet Union and Maoist China, which slaughtered scores of millions.

The absence of religion is no substitute for the presence of a rational, this-worldly morality rooted in the requirements of the individual’s life and mind.