Reason Rally’s unreasonable beliefs

How appropriate that the “atheist rally,” also known by organizers as the “reason rally” was held so close to April … Continued

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?

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

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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.

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

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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.

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  • elbillaf

    HAHAHAHA ! Cal Thomas talks about the unreasonable “beliefs” of atheists!

  • itsthedax

    Your question “Why are they so angry?” is very easy to answer, Cal.

    They’re angry because of the constant efforts of American christians to make their beliefs mandatory. They’re angry because of the christianity’s constant attacks on science education in public schools. They’re angry about the redirection of taxpayer money to christian instituations. They’re angry about christian politicians constant attempts to subvert the constitution, and restrict the civil rights of Americans. And now, they’ve just begun fighting back.

    You are not under attack Cal, people are rightfully objecting to your agenda and methods. All you have to do to make it stop are admit two things: First, the bible is not a science book and doesn’t belong in public school science classes; and second, all Americans have equal rights and protections under the constitution.

  • itsthedax

    The fact is, all the so-called christians that have posted on this forum are actually more atheist than I am. I am simply irreligious, and consider all gods to be equally unlikely. However, christians believe in only one diety and actively disbelieve in entire pantheons of gods. So, they are actually serial atheists.

  • lissacole91

    You listened to the lady saying why non-religious are angry.

  • itsthedax

    Umm nope, I just answered his question.

  • Chip_M

    So Thomas writes an article with no purpose other than to demonize atheists and wonders why we’re often hostile towards his brand of religion? We’ve lived our lifetimes subject to the sanctimonious judgment of people such as yourself. Do the math, Mr. Thomas.

  • davidls45

    The Buddha taught that the three great obstacles to enlightenment are greed, hate, and illusion. He taught that the most destructive form of illusion is self illusion. Looking at the above article I find profound elements of both hate and illusion, to which can be added arrogance and contempt. Happily for beings such as the writer, the infinite compassion of the Buddha allows poor students like myself to observe this without attachment to bad or good karma.
    Peace be on you.

  • phantomreader42

    Math is against his religion. Along with all forms of science, logic, reason, and honesty.

  • edg16

    “My question is: if they believe God does not exist, why are they so angry?”

    Because so many religionists try to influence public policy based on their belief in scripture.

  • BobJohnson994

    I am openly hostile to lunatics that use a magical being to justify their own biases and prejudices. The “Christians….Lions” comment is a humorous example of ridicule. The irrational is deserving of ridicule, is it not? Your idea that atheists are lost and angry is just sour grapes, like the anti-social guy that sees another man get the girl at the frat party, but says “he may be good looking, but I bet he is dumb”. God is not a means to morality. The authors of the bible did not feel it was incumbent upon them to explain WHY some things are immoral, only that some things are offensive to Gods. Atheists must do one better and have durable reasons to be moral. This makes them morally superior to relgious people, do you understand my point?

  • BobJohnson994

    I want to name a more subtle reason why we atheists are so angry. Reason is the ONLY effective means to resolve disputes between men. The only other option is raw force, to get your way. Put an islamic and a christian fundamentalist in the same room and have them argue. To the degree they are religious, physical violence is likely. Now out two atheist men in a room and have them argue about something, say, global warming. They will concede the good points the other makes, perhaps come to some agreement, or agree to disagree. The chances of violence are nil. Atheists feel that since Christians discard reason in their faith, what else are they capable of? When will they “snap” because their god told them I am an evil doer? The only thing that can restrain an irrational person is the threat of the violence I will do to them in return, if they try it on me.

  • ccnl1

    Putting the final kibosh on religion:

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    A quick search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    “The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother’s womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. “

  • PhilyJimi

    Why are we angry? Because when we tell you it is illogical to believe in a “2000 year old zombie god, who impregnated himself into a virgin so he could be born to do arrange his own death by the hand of the people the he came back to save (Jews) only to have the people who killed him become his followers. This all had to happen because he planted a special tree in a garden and let a talking snake lie to a naked rib woman in to snacking on a piece of fruit that makes you smart.” The followers of this 2000 year old death cult is still the source of many Geo-polticial conflicts in the world today. It is no longer a joke when there are nuclear weapons in the world we live in.

    When we point out the insanity of that story, the theist dare to tell tell us we’re immoral, we’re going to burn in their hell and we need just faith.

  • mmmorno

    Thank you Mr Thomas for your unbiased opinion (sarcasm intended), it’s not your fault, you have been indoctrinated, and you cannot think for yourself.

  • Sadetec

    I love it when someone angrily and rudely accuses the other side of being angry and rude.

  • catatonicjones

    How appropriate is it for a grown man who still believes in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy to complain about other people having ‘unreasonable beliefs’?

    Cal is an angry little boy, throwing spitwads at the smarter kids.

  • jlmur50

    I checked out the Reason Rally, and then I went and checked out “Jefferson’s Bible” You know, the one the author of the Decleration of Independance compiled of the scriptures he reasoned were not politically motivated. Thank you very much.

  • Corbald

    It would seem that condemning the many for the acts of the few is rampant among the minority of ignorant representatives from both ‘sides.’ One might point out the many, many, MANY times that entire populations of ‘believers’ have gathered to spew hate, violence, condemnation, etc… Whereas, by all of the reports I have heard, the Rally was a peaceful and generally respectful gathering of minds. Sure, there were a few bad apples, but I challenge you to find any large group of humans without such. I think the ones who are ‘lost’ here are those who are grasping for any hand-hold on an obsolete and invalidated belief system. Most of the reasoning world (I would bet my life) know, in the deepest, darkest, most hidden parts of their psyche, that their religion is false. Every bit of evidence, every new discovery confirms their fears. Those who have admitted it to themselves and -begun to think- don’t have those doubts you feel every day.

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