What is being billed as the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history will be taking place this Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. This event is being heavily promoted and sponsored by 20 leading secular groups according to itís website.
Although I live in the DC metro area, I wonít be attending. Why? I donít consider the rally to be reasonable. It ought to be a hoot though; perhaps that is why Westboro Baptist announced plans to attend.
Why am I not going? For all the marketing, star power and money the secular movement can muster; they have managed to avoid the tough questions that would be easily exposed in a debate. They envision themselves as ďfree thinkingĒ heroes; I see nothing reasonable about destroying religion and an ethical system. Donít we have enough chaos already?
Iím reminded of the story of the Pied Piper after watching the radical destructive turn of the movement the past few years. There are plenty of people in the movement that I respect, but there is something maddening about them when they get together in a crowd. Iíve grown weary with the ridicule and bullying of religious folks at the hands of secular leaders that refuse to answer important societal questions that I have posed. We need a debate!
I would like to challenge any of the following secular leaders to a debate: Daniel Dennet, Dan Barker, Richard Dawkins, David Silverman, Ron Lindsey, PZ Myers, Sam Harris. Let them argue for atheism, I will defend religion (Christianity). It ought to be fun, let the chips fall where they may. To make it fair, I would line up against any or all of them combined. Itís time to put up or shut up, can atheism defend their honor?
Worley March 30, 2012 Ex-minister.org
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