I was in Washington, D.C. this past October for the annual Values Voter Summit. When I pulled up to the host hotel, I was dumbstruck to find a group of atheists staked out at the front entrance, mocking the summit’s preponderantly Christian attendees.
Such in-your-face confrontations by atheists are becoming increasingly common. In fact, atheist activists bear many of the characteristics generally associated with a “hate group,” as defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the accepted authority on the subject.
The Center says a hate group is “an organized group or movement that advocates and practices hatred, hostitility or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other designated sector of society.”
That pretty much includes the atheist movement.
And its hatred and hostility toward the faith community is front and center this weekend in the Nation’s Capital, where a coalition of atheist organizations is hosting the American Atheists National Convention.
This year’s cheeky convention theme is “Come out! Come out! Wherever you Are!” It’s a call upon atheists on the down low to come out as godless to their friends, family and co-workers.
The highlight of the convention is an all-day hatefest on the National Mall, which the atheist organizers are euphemistically calling “The Reason Rally.”But there will be no reason on display on the hallowed ground where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” sermon nearly a half-century ago. Instead, there will be one diatribe after another against religion in general, Christians – like King was – in particular.
Indeed, the atheists couldn’t have found a more hateful roster of speakers for today’s rally.
It includes Oxford University Prof. Richard Dawkins, author of the polemic, “The God Delusion,” who wrote that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a “vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser, a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
Then there’s Adam Savage, the proud third-generation atheist, the co-host of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel. In a 2010 speech to the Harvard Humanism Society, Savage said “the need for God” by those who do not share his godlessness is similar to the “need for conspiracy theories.”
Religious rubes just can’t believe that the universe, that life as we know it, just happened. But that’s reality, said Savage. “No one is in charge.”
Then there’s the band Bad Religion, which gets to blaspheme to a punk rock beat at today’s atheist rally. The band’s logo, a black cross with a red prohibition circle over it, is referred to by its fans as the “Crossbuster.”
The secularists, humanists, agnostics, naturalists, atheists that have gathered in the Nation’s Capital this weekend are betting eternity that God does not exist. If they are wrong, they will have hell to pay.