Thousands of atheists showed up at the National Mall Saturday for what they believe will be a game-changing event for secularists. Though the Reason Rally was billed as a celebration of reason and a "coming out" event for atheists, as opposed to an anti-religion one, some viewed it as the latter.
"They said it wasn't going to be anti-God but all the signs are. So it doesn't fit because they're really not rallying for reason. They just say they are," said Tom Gilson, a writer and missions strategist.
Richard Dawkins, author of the best-selling The God Delusion, was the most anticipated and well-known speaker at the rally.
In his brief address, Dawkins encouraged fellow atheists to ridicule those who claim to be religious.
Exemplifying how he would approach religious persons, Dawkins said, "Do you really believe, for example if they're Catholic, that when a priest blesses a wafer, it turns into the body of Christ?"
"Mock them, ridicule them in public," he urged. "Don't fall for the convention that we're all too polite to talk about religion."
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SOURCE: Christian Post