The Reason Rally, scheduled for March 24 in Washington DC, will be held at the National Mall from 10:00am to 6:00pm. As we reported earlier last week, featured speakers are Dr. Richard Dawkins, Tim Minchin, Adam Savage, and more. It is said to be the largest secular event in world history–according to their site, and just as one might expect, the Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest the event. According to their site, atheists are "fools" and to God, on the same level as "fags," but with one redeeming feature–atheists are honest about their disobedience to God:
The "atheists" of the nation are gathering together to demand that they be recognized and afforded special recognition. These fools may profess that they don't believe in God, but they will still be without excuse on the Day of Judgment. The Lord spoke of them and put them in the same category as another group of impenitent, hard-hearted sinners. Fags! The only thing that is different about those attending this rally and 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the rest of the people in this doomed nation and world is that they're honest in their rebellion. At least they don't hide behind a hypocritical, lying, false religious system while refusing to obey God's simple, clear commandments. They're upfront about their disobedience.
This nation is awash in mass murders, so called natural disasters, soldiers dying (and those that return doing so maimed and with serious mental issues), abortion, adultery, disease, etc. WBC will be there to remind the nation, atheists and lying "christians" alike, that "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" Lu 13:3.
Moreover, the WBC is planning to protest the after-rally party at the Washington Park Hotel. For atheists, the church has this bit of advice:
Once the rally is over the atheists plan to get together to drink and party. Revelry doesn't change the fact that you're doomed. The Lord is coming. Obviously they have the ability to organize and get their message out. They would be far better served to use their resources to warn their fellow man to obey God.
According to The Examiner, the Westboro Baptist Church were specifically invited to the event:
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church were invited to the Reason Rally by Jim Klawon, Deputy Vice President of Administration of the National Atheist Party, via a letter sent to Pastor Fred Phelps. After receiving this letter, Megan Phelps-Roper, onTwitter, wrote, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” Ps14:1 Here's lookin' at you, @ReasonRally!Your [unwarranted] pride is your destruction. Dear @ReasonRally: How gracious of you! We accept your invitation & will picket your parade of fools 3/24. Love,WBC.”
Moreover, according to the article, Megan Phelps-Roper has a message for Richard Dawkins:
Megan Phelps-Roper has a special message for Richard Dawkins. She explains,“He is a blasphemer of huge proportions. He promotes rebellion against God using the platform God gave him and will have a hot spot in Hell.”
Megan Phelps-Roper says that one or two things will happen when the Westboro Baptist Church arrives at the Reason Rally: atheists will be further condemned and their hearts will be hardened or the preaching will serve as a call to servants of God who hasn't yet heard the call. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, Megan Phelps-Roper says, will come with many signs including 'God is your enemy,' 'mourn for your sins' and a special sign for Richard Dawkins.
The rally is being greeted by many in the religious community as a negative event–that comes as no surprise. We have reported before that Christians are planning on attending the Reason Rally and have had some responses from various groups at GodDiscussion. However, some Christians are being encouraged to attend the Reason Rally–as a result of the publication of a book entitled "True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenges of Atheism:"
"This is a book to encourage, inform, and equip Christian believers. It's also bound to raise controversy," said general editor Tom Gilson. "The careful reasoning of this book will deliver a tremendous challenge to the New Atheists as they prepare for their 'Reason' Rally in Washington. And it will benefit Christians long after that, by equipping them for challenges to the faith that are bound to keep on coming," added Gilson."True Reason" is co-edited by Gilson, a ministry strategist and author working jointly with Campus Crusade for Christ and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and Carson Weitnauer, director of Telos Ministries, a campus ministry that reaches the intellectual elite at Boston area universities including Harvard.
The book is being released in conjunction with an initiative to bring dozens of thoughtful Christians to the Reason Rally, to create an obvious contrast between the Reason Rally and True Reason. The Reason Rally takes place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. on March 24, 2012, with headline speakers including Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Adam Savage of Mythbusters, and the rock band Bad Religion.