On March 24 secularists held a “Reason Rally” in Washington DC. The idea, according to the website, was to “unify, energize, and embolden secular people” to “come out of the closet” and advance secularism. Organizers insisted that it would be a “positive experience” and a “celebration of secular values” (presumably free thinking and such things) and that is was not going to be an “opportunity to trash religion.” Rather the idea was to “dispel stereotypes” and work for greater acceptance.
I must say I find this need for acceptance quite odd. Are secularists having a hard time being accepted in what is an increasingly secular culture nationwide and what is already a secular culture in our urban areas? Setting that aside, the Reason Rally predictably devolved into New Atheist ad hominems and smug mockery. Here is what Dawkins had to say,
“Don’t fall for the convention that we’re all ‘too polite’ to talk about religion. Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated, and need to be challenged – and if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt.” Speaking of Catholics, he encouraged the crowd to “Mock them. Ridicule them in public!”
And so, as one commentator put it, instead of praising reason they predictably persecuted faith. Of course the adoring crowd gobbled this up. Attendees are likely unaware that serious and thoughtful arguments against their positions have been made. One cannot bother to deal with those arguments, though, when they have the important business of smug posturing to attend to. It is becoming almost tiresome pointing out the irony of the dogmatism of these “free thinkers” and the utter unreasonableness of these supposed “Brights.”