How appropriate that the “atheist rally,” also known by organizers as the “reason rally” was held so close to April 1, because “The fool has said in his heart, ‘there is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1) April Fool’s Day, get it?
People tour an atheist welcome tent during the Reason Rally on the National Mall March 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Atheists and those who oppose religion in government gathered for a rally where they celebrated not having religious affiliations.
These people had every right to rally and speak about their faith in no God, but what should have shocked the media was their open hostility to people of faith. We have been repeatedly told by the secular left that it’s those crazy right-wing religious zealots who are intolerant of any ideas and expressions, save their own. But the signs at the atheist rally told a different story. Some are not fit for what used to be called a “family newspaper,” but others said things like “so many Christians, so few lions.” Other signs and songs were blasphemous in the extreme.
My question is: if they believe God does not exist, why are they so angry? I will answer my own question. On occasion before GPS navigational systems were developed for cars, I would get lost in unfamiliar neighborhoods. Sometimes attempts to find my way out and back to a familiar road were unsuccessful. I would grow increasingly frustrated and sometimes angry that I was lost.
There is a spiritual analogy to this. These people are lost; without God and, thus, without hope. In the midst of their lostness, God provided a “God positioning system” and His name is Jesus. If they reject Him, he has made another road for them to travel. It’s their choice. The rally indicates they have made that choice and must live (and die) with the consequences.
Thomas, a veteran of broadcast and print journalism, writes a twice-weekly column that appears in over 500 newspapers around the world.
People gather for the Reason Rally on the National Mall March 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Atheists and those who oppose religion in government gathered for a rally where they celebrated not having religious affiliations.