Last Saturday’s gathering of 8,000 – 10,000 US atheists and agnostics in Washington for the Reason Rally was billed as seeking to ‘unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society’.
It was also billed “the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history’, but only managed about the same low numbers as 2010 Protest the Pope demonstration, around 8,000.
The Reason Rally was supposed to be a “positive experience” to celebrate “secular values” and motivate atheists to “become more active”, but it soon degenerated into the New Atheists’ usual hate fueled ridicule of religion, particularly Catholicism.
Tim Minchin, originator the vile anti-Catholic Pope Song, thrilled the crowd with his refrain ‘F— the motherf—-, f— the mother—- pope’.
Bill Maher did his usual sneering comedy routine, playing up to the atheists sense of teenage superiority, “When it comes to religion, we’re not two sides of the same coin and you don’t get to put your unreason on the same shelf as my reason. Your stuff has to go over there on the shelf with Zeus and Thor and the Kracken.’
Richard Dawkins chose the Eucharist as the focus of his attack on Faith, calling on atheists and agnostics to “ridicule and show contempt” for the Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation:
“Do you really believe that when a priest blesses a wafer, it turns into the body of Christ? Are you seriously telling me you believe that? Are you seriously saying that wine turns into blood?”
“Mock them, ridicule them in public, don’t fall for the convention that we’re far to polite to talk about religion. Religion is not off the table. Religion is not off limits. Religion makes specific claims about the universe, which need to be substantiated. They should be challenged and ridiculed with contempt.”
Charlie Spiering of Crisis Magazine concludes:
‘The speakers that drew the loudest applause were not the people who praised reason, but persecuted faith. Unchallenged and in like-minded company, the cultural and political leaders of the atheist movement freely mocked and dismissed people of faith. The brash superiority preached by atheists such as Dawkins shows that they are not content with a right to “unreligious freedom,” but seek suppression of religious expression.
If people of faith allow themselves to be bullied into silence, we can expect this sentiment to grow in our society. The existence of such a society requires submission from people of faith.’
Protect the Pope comment: Tim Minchin mouthing mindless obscenities to rapturous applause shows the extent to which these new atheists have abandoned reason.
And this is the company that Richard Dawkins, emeritus professor of Oxford, now chooses to keep. He has become such a diminished and shrill figure that he invites sympathy but for the fact that his hatred of faith, and the Catholic Church in particular, is destroying other people’s lives with bitterness and anger and the denial of God.