|Signs in the crowd showed contempt for religion|
In a rally called “our coming out party,” an estimated 20,000 atheists, agnostics and humanists gathered in Washington D.C. in March 2012 for what they called a Reason Rally.
Organizer David Silverman said the affair would not be an exercise in “religion bashing”; however, when referring to those who believe in a Creator, featured speaker Richard Dawkins called on the crowd to “Ridicule them! Mock them! And show contempt for their doctrines and sacraments.”
Another speaker, author Greta Christina, attacked every major faith, even the teachings of the Dali Lama.
Here and there in the crowd were signs like the following, clearly showing contempt for religion:
BANISH THE 10 COMMANDMENTS TO THE DUSTPAN OF HISTORY
SO MANY CHRISTIANS SO FEW LIONS
For those of us who are Christians, how should we respond to such attacks? Does Jesus really expect us to love those who would “mock and ridicule” us? The answer is neither a recommendation or a proposal. Clearly and unequivocally Jesus tells us to “Love one another as I have loved you,” and “Love your enemies and pray for those who would persecute you.”
If I weren’t a Christian, and I were asked to choose between those who are taught to love God and love one another and those who are encouraged to ridicule and mock them, I’m certain I would opt to gather with the disciples of love.