Excuse me, but that is what materialist atheists ultimately do believe, that the universe was formed in a completely undirected, purposeless beginning. While some may argue that natural selection is a 'guided process,' this does not account for the beginning of life and the extremely fine-tuned universe.
The complaint filed by the atheist is based on the atheist's being personally offended by what is essentially a true statement, that atheism is ultimately based on the idea of a chance beginning of the universe and life. The universe was designed or it was not. It was intentional or it was accidental. According to Webster's dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary, an accident is an unplanned event:
"a : an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance."
"2. something that happens unexpectedly and is not planned in advance. Their early arrival was just an accident."
There are three possible explanations for our fine-tuned universe:
1. The fine tuned universe happened by necessity.
2. It happened by chance.
3. It happened by design.
1. No one seriously believes the universe had to form together in a life sustaining fashion - meaning that it was impossible for it to form in a non-life sustaining fashion. No serious philosophers defend this position today.
2. Atheists generally propose that it was formed by chance. But is this logical?
Roger Penrose has pointed out that the odds of our universe's initial low entropy condition's existing by chance alone is 1 out of 10 to the 10 (123) power and the odds of our solar system existing by chance is 1 out of 10 to the 10 (60) power.
Some atheists argue that the universe could have formed together in a variety of different combinations with the same elementary particles. But William Lane Crag has explained why this argument is invalid. The elementary particles that comprise our universe aren't composed of matter. That is what quantum physics shows us. When you break matter down you find that energy, not matter, is the smallest common denominator. Therefore, these 'particles' could not have just been rearranged in a different manner. If you want to propose that different kinds of particles could have existed, then a different kind of universe would have emerged. (On Guard - p.61)
So, in review, why was the atheist so offended by the word "accident" in the billboard? According to atheism there is no God and so the universe could not have been planned. And, as we've seen, the evidence shows a chance occurring universe simply isn't the most logical conclusion. So, is this a hateful message in the billboard? No, it's actually one of compassion. When a person is in a state of denial, according to programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, the most compassionate act is to patiently confront the person in denial with the truth. But, of course in our politically correct world, this billboard is labelled as the opposite of what it is, it's labelled as "hate speech.."
From a legal perspective, if a legal ruling is based on an illogical claim, then the legal decision itself is illogical. It's a fine day when reality takes a second seat to what a person 'considers' to be true in a legal decision. The atheist does not "consider" his existence to be an accident, but we had better not offend him by allowing a billboard to outline the truth of the matter. It's apparent to the complaining atheist that an accidental origin is somehow not a good or logical basis for the universe and human existence. But instead of considering changing his beliefs, it is the implications of reality that apparently must be censored out of sight and out of mind.
This legal case highlights the fact that the person who did the complaining and the legal authorities who executed the illogical judgment really do need to sit down in front of the billboard and contemplate it until they understand what atheism is and what it implies.
Psalm 14.1 sums it up: ...The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
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