Posted by | February 26, 2010 21:12 | Filed under: Top Stories

Some Christian groups are outraged that White House officials met with members of atheist organizations. (h/t RightWingWatch)

On Friday…White House officials met with 60 members of atheist advocacy group the Secular Coalition for America, to discuss problems that they believe are fueled by religion.

The coalition’s press release notes that this is the first time an administration has met with a non-theist community.

“In God We Trust,”  which states it “was founded to push back against… anti-religious activists,” is blasting the White House for meeting with “hate-filled groups.”

“It is one thing for Administration to meet with groups of varying viewpoints, but it is quite another for a senior official to sit down with activists representing some of the most hate-filled, anti-religious groups in the nation,” says In God We Trust’s Chairman Bishop Council Nedd.

Tina Tchen, the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, will meet with representatives from groups that comprise the Coalition. The Coalition’s sponsoring organization’s include American Atheists, founded by Madalyn Murray O’Hare and the Freedom from Religion Foundation which is campaigning to stop the post office from issuing a stamp honoring Mother Theresa.

“President Obama seems to believe that it is a good idea to have a key senior aide plan political strategy with people who believe faith in God is a disease,” Nedd says. “Some of the people in this coalition believe the world would be better off with no Christians and no Jews and they aren’t shy about it. The fact that this meeting is happening at all is an affront to the vast majority of people of all faiths who believe in God.”

The umbrella organization that went to the White House is the “Secular Coalition For America.” It quotes Thomas Paine saying, “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”  Not a bad philosophy.

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