The highly anticipated atheist Reason Rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. reportedly drew a much smaller crowd on Saturday than expected, with a variety of different reasons offered for the low attendance.
CNN Wire said "thousands" came out for what organizers said was a political event, bringing together secular people from across America. Several reports have noted that the attendance was well below the over 30,000 mark that organizers had hoped for.
Official figures of how many attended have not been provided yet, with even the "15,000 to 20,000" estimate by rally organizers disputed by sources such as Hemant Mehta of The Friendly Atheist blog on Patheos.com. more >>
The University of Miami has now announced a chair for the study of atheism. In another recent story, an atheist group is suing a sheriff because of his pro-God statements on his Facebook page (Constitution.com, 5/19/16). No one can deny the rise of the shrill atheistic voices of our time.
But dare I say that the idea of state-sanctioned and in some cases state-mandated atheism is absolutely out of step with the traditions of America.
Here are 10 reasons why: more >>
Evangelist Ray Comfort has quipped that even the organizers of the atheist Reason Rally in Washington D.C. are "praying" that it won't rain on Saturday.
"You can't tell me that the organizers of the atheist Reason Rally aren't praying that it won't rain on Saturday," Comfort wrote on Facebook, noting weather forecasts for the area predict there is a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday.
Organizers of the rally are hoping that as many as 30,000 people will attend what is being billed as the largest secular gathering in America, which they have been promoting for months. more >>
As organizers for the atheist Reason Rally boast that 30,000 secularists will be at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Catholic League President Bill Donohue has slammed the event, calling it an "invasion."
"They stand for nothing, believe in nothing, and many are good for nothing. Organized atheists are set to invade D.C. this weekend, holding a 'Reason Rally.' The reason they are rallying is their professed belief in nothingness," Donohue wrote about the event.
CNN reports that speakers at the rally are expected to include Bill Nye, Lewis Black and members of the Wu-Tang Clan, which will also feature musical guests and entertainment late into the night. more >>
The nation's largest atheist organization is being forced to walk back claims that they purchased ads on Washington D.C.'s public transportation system despite its ban on religious and issue-oriented advertisements.
"Clarification: Freedom From Religion Foundation's 'I'm an Atheist and I Vote' ad campaign is not running on Washington D.C. Metro buses, which prohibit political and advocacy ads. It's actually featured on the Prince Williams and D runs on PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) commuter buses," stated FFRF.
This is a second blow to the organization that launched a massive ad campaign to promote their atheist Reason Rally in the nation's capital on Saturday, which was expected to feature Hollywood actor Johnny Depp who backed out of the event last week after his wife filed for divorce, as reported by The Christian Post. more >>
It was recently reported that Christopher Hitchens, the famous atheist apologist and author, "was contemplating conversion" around the time of his death in 2011. If one is familiar with the vehemence that Hitchens often derided Christianity, this is quite a surprise. It is also a wonderful illustration of the exquisitely paradoxical mystery of God's grace.
I am reminded of something that happened this past August, when I had the opportunity to engage in a lively debate with a twenty-something guy whom I encountered by chance (or was it Providence?) at an "atheist booth" at Balboa Park in San Diego. There were a number of different booths set up in the park that day, some selling jewelry, others food items. When I first saw the "Ask an Atheist" booth, I was a bit startled. It seemed strange to have a booth dedicated to a negation, a lack of something positive like belief.
But I knew I had to talk to the atheists. An "atheist booth" is something that is begging for attention, it seems to me. To advertise being an atheist in such a public way practically screams, "Please prove me wrong!" Plus, I love a good debate. more >>