So, I’m currently in second place in the American Idol pool at work.  Each week, we choose the bottom 3, and the person who we think will go home.  Also, earlier in the season, we chose whom we thought would be in the top 4, and we get points for each week they are still around.  This week, the theme was inspirational songs.  But what was really interesting was the difference between those who sang of God, those who sang generic (but good) songs like Clapton’s Change the World, and those like Blake Lewis, who sang the athiest’s anthem, John Lennon’s Imagine. 

I’ve always disliked this song because of its anti-religionist, humanist-utopian leanings, not only because they conflict with my beliefs, but because the only humanist, atheistic utopias attempted so far have been the horrible Socialist and Communist experiments.  But they do support my contention (and that of our founding fathers) that without God, man can only be brutal when given power unaccountable to God and the higher law.

“The only foundation for a useful education in a
republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no
virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty”

    – Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence