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A Rally Without Faith (Celebrate Living Without God! Rally in DC) [Profanity Alert]
Crisis Magazine ^ | March 27, 2012 | Charlie Spiering

Posted on 03/29/2012 4:21:47 AM PDT by NYer

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“God if you’re there, we’re here in Washington, come down now,” atheist Comedian Eddie Izzard shouted mockingly during Saturday’s Rally for Reason. “If you’re there, this is a pretty good time to show up. I’m sure folks here would love it.”

“He never comes down,” Izzard added with a laugh before launching nearly an hour long comedy sketch mocking God, the bible, and religion for a soggy crowd of about 8,000 – 10,000 people who stood on the National Mall in the rain.

“This weather isn’t from God,” added Izzard. “If God was the judge of the weather, what was all those tornadoes that go down the Bible Belt? What does that mean? Weather is just weather ladies and gentlemen.”

Saturday, secular atheists met in Washington D.C. for a rally billed as “the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history.” Organizers insisted prior to the event that the rally was to encourage each other, to dispel stereotypes, and seek “legislative equality.”

But as gloomy rain clouds hung low over the Washington Monument, the rally quickly degenerated into open mockery of religion and people of faith.

“F— the motherf—-, f— the mother—- pope,” sang Musician Tim Minchin as he played profane songs on the piano for a laughing and cheering crowd.

Few religions remained unscathed while cruel spokesmen of reason roundly ridiculed Mormons, Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims.

As the event continued, it became clear that the leaders of the movement were not clamoring for equality, but rather 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,” HBO’s Liberal comedian Bill Maher said to the crowd via a video monitor. “Your stuff has to go over there on the shelf with Zeus and Thor and the Kracken.”

The audience then cheered loudly as he began a mock ritual that “un-baptized” Mitt Romney’s father-in-law out of the Mormon faith.

But even the laughs turned into malaise as the event drew to a close. Famed atheist headliner Richard Dawkins labored through a speech that quickly grew bitter.

“Do you really believe that when a priest blesses a wafer, it turns into the body of Christ?” he said, ridiculing Catholics. “Are you seriously telling me you believe that? Are you seriously saying that wine turns into blood?”

Hawkins challenged his fellow atheists to expose people who still cling to their faith in spite of their doubts.

“Mock them, ridicule them in public, don’t fall for the convention that we’re far to polite to talk about religion,” a frustrated Dawkins continued, “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.”

Saturday’s rally provided a rare look into the secularism that is pushing its way into the public square.

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 Hawkins 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.



TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Skeptics/Seekers; Theology
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Charlie Spiering writes in Washington D.C. for the Washington Examiner. He previously wrote for the Rappahannock News and worked as a reporter for columnist Robert Novak.


1 posted on 03/29/2012 4:21:52 AM PDT by NYer
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Ping!


2 posted on 03/29/2012 4:22:47 AM PDT by NYer (He who hides in his heart the remembrance of wrongs is like a man who feeds a snake on his chest. St)
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It’s these kind of Athiests that gives good Athiests like me a bad name.


3 posted on 03/29/2012 4:35:15 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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How strange that they proclaim themselves devotees of “reason,” when it seems that they’re simply worshippers of their own genitals. How quickly the “reasoned” disagreements with traditional religion are revealed to be “groin issues,” practically every time.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 4:47:54 AM PDT by Tax-chick (The Commie Plot Theory of Everything. Give it a try - you'll be surprised how often it makes sense.)
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The crowd was only about 1-2,000 people. I’ve been to kegger parties that were bigger than this “rally”.


5 posted on 03/29/2012 4:51:48 AM PDT by circlecity
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God must be well pleased that these morons could only muster 8-10 thousand people for their rally.
Maybe there is hope for this Country yet!


6 posted on 03/29/2012 4:55:00 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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Heheheh...

Turns out there were quite a few witnesses present.

Rally Photos

7 posted on 03/29/2012 5:07:04 AM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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“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,” HBO’s Liberal comedian Bill Maher said to the crowd via a video monitor. “Your stuff has to go over there on the shelf with Zeus and Thor and the Kracken.”

I wouldn't call him a comedian, would you? I imagine watching his show is like observing roadkill up close for an hour every day.

8 posted on 03/29/2012 6:15:39 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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I remember reading awhile back about middle school girls who beat up Barbie dolls to mock them and rejoice that they are not little babies any more, and don’t need pretty dolls to play with.

This rally reminds me of that. It’s like “we atheists are so much more grown up than that. We can mock the nice things we used to like and even use swear words now!”

This group of atheists needs God as a foil. If there were no God to mock, they would not feel nearly so grown up.


9 posted on 03/29/2012 7:04:16 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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Looks like Someone rained on their parade.

We can laugh, but people like this in positions of power are dangerous. KGB, anyone?

Richard Dawkins sounds like he wants to punch out the first priest he sees. What anger, what bitterness, what hatred!


10 posted on 03/29/2012 7:15:49 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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“God if you’re there, we’re here in Washington, come down now,” atheist Comedian Eddie Izzard shouted mockingly during Saturday’s Rally for Reason. “If you’re there, this is a pretty good time to show up. I’m sure folks here would love it.”

Talk is cheap. But when He does decide to come down, these people are going to be anything BUT "loving it", unless they make a decision for Christ.

11 posted on 03/29/2012 8:08:39 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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