The Twentieth Century is the century of Christian martyrs. Upwards of 30 million Christians have been murdered for their faith in the past century, most at the hands of atheists of one brand or another. Above is a photograph of Blessed Father Miguel Pro, a Jesuit priest in Mexico who was murdered by firing squad by the Mexican government on November 23, 1927. Fr. Pro was murdered for defying the virtual ban on Catholic worship in Mexico under the atheist-socialist government of Plutarco Elias Calles, an anti-Catholic bigot who rigorously enforced the provisions of the 1917 Mexican constitution to essentially outlaw Catholic worship. Fr. Pro was falsely accused of complicity in an assassination attempt on a former Mexican president, and he was shot without trial. The government circulated photographs of the execution in the hope of scaring other priests and faithful as well as Cristero rebels who were trying to defend religious freedom in Mexico. The photos had the opposite effect, enraging the populace and highlighting the atrocities by the atheists who had seized power. As Fr. Pro was shot, he extended his arms as if he were on a cross, and shouted "Vivo Christo Rey"!
To get a sense of the fervor of the atheists in Mexico for the annihilation of Catholicism and the imposition of a strict atheist civic life, an anecdote about Garrido Canabal, Mexican minister of agriculture at the time and former Governor of Tabasco who was particularly fervent about the eradication of Christianity in Mexico, is revealing: Canabal, an atheist intent on leaving no doubt as to where his sympathies lay, named his three sons Lenin, Lucifer, and Satan.
It's worth keeping in mind that the atheist program to eradicate Christianity from American public life has antecedents. "Separation of church and state" and its variants has been a rallying cry from anti-Christian and anti-Catholic bigots from Jacobians in 1792 to Bolsheviks in 1917 to the Mexican National Revolutionary Party in 1927 to the Ku Klux Klan in 1933 to the Freedom from Religion Foundation in 2011. Some atheists use state violence, some use terror, some use legal blackmail and coercion. The aim is the same. The tactics are situational.
We in America are merely in a small skirmish in a much larger and bloodier onslaught against Christian faith.