"Mock them, ridicule them in public. Don't fall for the convention that we're all too polite to talk about religion."
– Richard Dawkins - prominent atheist, author and keynote speaker
They came out in force: rallying for “reason” and a secular, Godless America. The Reason Rally, held on Saturday, March 24th, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was an opportunity like no other for Christian Bashing and spewing hatred of Christians.
The numbers are unclear. A look around the web indicates the turnout was 8,000 to 10,000, (Washington Post) or as one pro-atheist writer at website Gather.com proclaims: 30,000.
“Come out, come out, wherever you are,” was the theme of the rally. The event was organized by 20 atheist, non-theist and secular groups and was touted as the “Atheist Woodstock.”
According to the Washington Post, attendees included an audience largely under 30, half female, and many people of color.
Anti-Christian posters could be seen everywhere with messages like, “Obama isn’t trying to destroy religion – I am,” “So many Christians, so few lions,” and, “Hey kids – It’s OKAY – God is Pretend.”
A photo from the event showed a man sitting on an inflatable green dinosaur dressed as Jesus, a blasphemous display of the account of a triumphal Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey shortly before his crucifixion and death.
Dawkins, author of the bestseller “The God Delusion,” was quoted as saying, “I don’t despise religious people – I despise what they stand for.”
Well, Mr. Dawkins, we have something in common. As a Christian I am called to love others, even those like you who are, indeed, very hard to love. And, I despise what you stand for – a secular, Godless America.
Among those who agree: William Donahue, President of the Catholic League who said, "It is impossible for atheists to have a rally without bashing people of faith. They especially loathe Christians, and no group gets them jacked up more than Roman Catholics.”
Speaker David Silverman, president of American Atheists (the organization started by Marilyn Murray O’Hair, once hailed as the “most hated woman in America,” when she successfully sued and removed prayer from schools) noted that atheist’s file and continue to win “unpopular but necessary lawsuits.”
Indeed, there have been numerous lawsuits filed and won by atheists. Recently, 16-year-old high school student Jessica Ahlquist, a featured speaker at the rally, sued her Rhode Island school to remove a prayer banner which hung on the wall in her school for 49 years. With the encouragement of atheist organizations she was successful in having the banner removed with the help, of course, of that wonderful organization that loves to hate anything Christian: the ACLU.
The lawsuit paid off for her in a big way; she was awarded a $63,000 scholarship from the American Humanist Association and accepted the check at the rally. Below is the prayer banner.
Our Heavenly Father.
Grant us each day the desire to do our best.
To grow mentally and morally as well as physically.
To be kind and helpful to our classmates and teachers.
To be honest with ourselves as well as with others.
Help us to be good sports and smile when we lose as well as when we win.
Teach us the value of true friendship.
Help us always to conduct ourselves so as to bring credit to Cranston High School West.
—School Prayer, Cranston High School West
Another thorn in the side of atheists which they are suing over: the 9/11 steel beam cross to be displayed at the World Trade Center Memorial. The lawsuit claims the cross-shaped twisted metal left standing after the towers fell is causing non-believers “headaches, dyspepsia and physical injury.” (This is good news, in a sense, to Christians. The cross truly is powerful!) This is simply a ridiculous premise for a lawsuit.
Ultimately atheist’s true motives are not to so much to promote reason and science as they claim; first they have a toughter job: search and destroy any vestiges of God (especially Jesus Christ) from society. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, (FFRF) a Wisconsin group, has been involved in numerous lawsuits whose goal is to remove 10 Commandment Displays, crosses and creches all across the country.
Most recently, the FFRF sent a letter threatening a lawsuit to a New Kensington, Penn., High School because of its 10 Commandment Display. The group says it is not a student who attends the school that brought it to their attention, rather someone who visited.
Another prominent atheist - Michael Newdow, fought unsuccessfully to have the phrase “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance and to have “In God We Trust” removed from currency.
With the constant litigation by atheist groups and individuals I believe it is only a matter of time before we see these words removed.
Atheist groups are forever citing the Establishment Cause, which doesn’t actually exist; it is a lie that has been spread for so long and so frequently that people believe it.
The First Amendment actually reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Somehow, the Establishment Clause has been skewed, mistreated, misunderstood and abused. It was never the Founding Father’s intention to wipe out any and every vestige of God in this country.
What the first amendment is saying, clearly, is laws shall not be passed than establish a religion. How then, is a 10 Commandment Display or a crèche establishing religion? It doesn’t. These displays honor what many, many people in this country believe in. It does not in any way force a non-believer to believe or to convert to Christianity.
Said Silverman, “In years to come, the Reason Rally will be seen as the beginning of the end to the religious right’s grip.”
I, personally, am fed up with the assault on Christianity. The Reason Rally proved numerous examples of Christian-bashing and hating. We, as Christians, should tolerate atheist’s non-belief, but they clearly have no tolerance for our beliefs. If things continue the way they are going with the multiple lawsuits and removal of Christian displays, we are going to look very much like a Godless country.
God help us.