‘We Are Stronger’: Atheists To Hold Massive Rally On National Mall Next Month

By Candice Leigh Helfand

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSDC) — Thousands of atheists are expected to attend the Reason Rally next month in Washington, D.C., an event that organizers hope will unify a large part of the secular community.

On March 24, the National Mall will be populated by those who sympathize with atheist perspectives, generally defined by an absence in belief of deities or other religious icons.

The website for the event states that organizers aim to encourage participants to claim their identity as what they call “secular Americans,” to dispel stereotypes, and to rally for legislative equality.

David Silverman, a chair for the Reason Rally Coalition and president of American Atheists, said that participants are motivated by positivity.

“We’re not going there to complain, we’re not going there to fight,” he told CBSDC. “[We want to] celebrate the fact that we are growing, we are stronger, and we are taking our place in American society.”

The idea for the rally was born several years ago, from a national meeting of similar minds and their desire to help their movement grow in both strength and number from their current standings.

“There are 40 to 50 million atheists [in the United States]. About 40 to 50 thousand are involved in the movement,” Silverman said. “That’s one-tenth of 1 percent [of the movement actively participating].”

Bookending that weekend are other initiatives to further engage those in the secular community and beyond, including a national lobbying day before and a national convention afterwards, all in the hopes of maximizing the impact of the weekend.

The location and timing of the rally are not coincidence – the Reason Rally hopes to make its own impact on the 2012 elections by injecting a discussion of separations between church and state into the national dialogue.

“We need people to ask the tough questions, and they’re not. What’s more important: the Bible or the Constitution? Do they want theocracy? Do they want Christianity as the official religion, and if so, which version?” Silverman stated, adding that despite his Republican affiliation, he feels himself without a candidate that supports his beliefs. “Hopefully what we’ll do is get people talking about what … atheists and secularists think.”

Superseding the importance of political activism, though, is the movement’s passionate desire for true equality.

“There are more atheists in the country right now than Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined and doubled – that’s a lot of people, and we are the most hated … for no reason other than pure and simple religious bigotry, spurned by ignorance,” Silverman said. “Ignorance is killed by awareness … we want to put many faces to [atheism], so people will understand us better and tolerate us more.”

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  1. jim says:

    You will find that it is very hard to get thousands of people to rally based on a negative belief. Really. Rally because they do *not* believe a thing?

    1. ted says:

      Yes really. “Negative” beliefs and doubts are great motivators. I am not sure if that if even framing it correctly. There are pro-gun laws that people disagree with and demonstrate against. These people in a way dont believe in gun rights. All that matters is if the laws and reasoning behind the laws are bad or not.

      1. Hamilton says:

        Well I hope all these atheists are ready for the apocalypse this year. I wish they weren’t so militant in their beliefs they remind me of born again christians. Hopefully jesus comes back and kicks some ass on December 21st and he brings Mayans lol and those Mayans get amnesty and they can vote for president in next election and they vote for Mitt Romney because he is Mormon and Jesus came to America in Mormon religion to hang out with the Indians so it is all coming back around.
        Sigh…. http://how-to-survive-the-apocalypse.blogspot.com

      2. nifongnation says:

        Bad or Good ? Moral terms.

      3. The Gemini says:

        And so what will the slogans on their posters be: “WE DON’T WANT ANYTHING!” and ‘WE’RE HERE BECAUSE IT’S A LOVELY DAY AND TV IS BORING”? Please! As it is with gay marriage — witness every few gays actually do marry — it’s nothing but an egoistic, self-centered tantrum and a case of ‘IN YOUR FACE!” to both believers and upholders of what is admittedly something new in history, having been around for only thousands of years without challenger, the sanctity and usefulness to the race of the traditional marriage bond. Both

      4. Tuber says:

        Most atheists I know are VERY negative people anyway. The most joy they get, and their main focus socially, seems to come from belittling the beliefs of others. I can imagine that attending this event will seem very exciting to them!

      5. Brian says:

        atheists’ are free and joyous people ,because they are honest and marvel at the wonder of the universe ,they may not have all the answers but they’re certainly not going to be shackled with whack unsubstantiated dogma,peace

      6. Good Egg says:

        “THERE IS NO GOD! AND I HATE HIM!”

      7. iamfuryus says:

        Sad.

      8. Brian says:

        if there is no god, how could you hate him?

      9. ScarletLetterA says:

        Hmm, annoying that they don’t let you reply to replies to replies…

        …but really, people? We have every right to congregate with like-minded people, especially when there’s no regular get-together for us like Christians have every Sunday.

        There has been plenty of legislation passed with unequivocally religious intentions in mind. What would our secularist founding fathers say? What would atheist Thomas Jefferson say, who could never get elected today since nobody seems to trust atheist legislators?

        We don’t want to oppress anyone. We just don’t want any one belief system elevated over another. This isn’t a theocracy, and we were not, contrary to popular belief, founded as a Christian nation. Keeping religion out of politics is important for true freedom of religions… all religions… and freedom FROM religion, for the increasing proportion of us that is nonreligious.

    2. Jimm says:

      Why does atheism have to be negative, because you have false hope.

      1. Jeremy Bullard says:

        Why does our hope have to be false? Isn’t that just as negative?

      2. Christian says:

        If I’m wrong, I lived a relatively good life – no harm, no foul. If you’re wrong, I wouldn’t want to be you for eternity.

        Jesus believes in you.

        I’m praying he performs an undeniable miracle at your rally.

      3. Joe Schlabotnik says:

        There is no way in hell (real or imagined) that there are 40 million atheists in the U.S. 4 million, maybe. Seriously, that’s worse than the 1 in 10 people are gay myth (probably more like 1 in 50).

      4. siylencedogood says:

        If atheists were right, then why would they waste their limited and unpredictable span of time on earth trying to convince others of the inherent hopelessness that is life according to atheists instead of simply “eating, drinking and being merry for tomorrow they die and cease to exist?”

        If atheists didn’t believe in God, then why is He always on their minds?

      5. Ryan says:

        Obviously, this rally is already creating a lot of discussion, which is good. You can dispute the numbers, but undoubtedly, the number of non-believers in this country is skyrocketing. People are realizing they don’t have to believe in myths to live a good life. Why are we rallying? The primary reason (at least for myself) is to make sure my voice is heard when it comes to policy decisions. Somewhere between 10-25 percent of this country now identifies as atheist, and yet we have only one openly atheist congress person. I am tired of hearing my country’s leaders praying to god about decisions…I want them to use compassion, empathy, logic, and reason…not faith in a god that doesn’t exist.

      6. billyk43 says:

        License is not liberty.

      7. Dan says:

        Uugghh! Without God there is no “compassion, empathy, logic, and reason…” If there is no absolute right and wrong, then all you have is Stalin, Pol Pot, Lenin, Hitler, etc…If atheism and evolution are true, then these men were right in what they did; only the strong survive. We wouldn’t want to get rid of these evil men, we would only strive to replace them with ourselves, as we would wish to be the strongest.

        Apparently you can’t see how your argument eats itself….

      8. Greg says:

        Natural man find God and the word Foolishness, Atheists are natural Men, They cant see it or understand it, More then likely never will but they feel it, They know its there, Like a itch they cant scratch

      9. Lance Montgomery says:

        Ryan, based on whose concept of, “compassion, empathy, logic, and reason”?
        Who will be brought forth to dictate to the rest of us the meaning of those terms?

      10. Larry says:

        Christian:
        If I’m wrong, I lived a relatively good life – no harm, no foul. If you’re wrong, I wouldn’t want to be you for eternity.

        Actually, if you’re wrong, and Islam is right, you go to hell. “Good” atheists go to heaven.
        If you’re wrong and Judaism is right, you go to hell. “Good” atheists go to heaven.

        Christianity is the only religion that specifically sends good non-believers to hell. The odds (population of believers wise) are actually stacked against you.

      11. Ron says:

        “Christianity is the only religion that specifically sends good non-believers to hell. The odds (population of believers wise) are actually stacked against you.”

        The God of the Bible – the only true God does not send people to Hell. He allows people to make their own choice. Chose Jesus Christ and live for eternity in Heaven, or chose to reject Jesus Christ and you get to go where you chose to go. God created Hell for Satan and the angels that rebelled and followe him. Hell was not made for man. But man also rebelled – those who seek forgiveness will find it in Jesus the Christ. If you wind up in Hell it’s because you chose that location for all eternity.

      12. ryan says:

        Lance, believe it or not, there are pretty well established guidelines for logic and reason. As for empathy and compassion…who needs someone to dictate? We all have a decent idea of what those things mean; we are a nation of 300 million, of course there will still be discussion and disagreement. What would you suggest though, just refer to the bible to answer these questions? If that’s the case, you do realize that the god of the bible tolerates, encourages, or engages in deplorable acts including psychological torture and the murder of children and babies, right? I am not spreading lies about the bible; I can point you to these passages if you don’t think they are in there. Sometimes I wonder if people really, honestly think that the bible is a good source to refer to for morality and/or any sort of rational decision-making?

        And for those saying that atheists are negative, pessimistic nihilists, I can say that the vast majority are not. We love this life, we recognize that it is fleeting, and we suspect that this life is all we are going to get, so we try to make the most of it. We are in awe of humanity, of nature, and all of reality. We are good, intelligent people that are willing to question the stories we’ve been taught. And yes…we want our opinions to be heard.

      13. ScarletLetterA says:

        “Christian”- If I’m wrong, I’ve lived a good life caring about the wonderful people in the beautiful world that I live in, sincerely believing it’s the only one we get. By most definitions of the Judeo-Christian God, that is sufficient for getting into heaven without belief. Your God values treating others with love more than he values a belief in Him. After all, wouldn’t you say that He gave me a questioning mind? And yet if I’m right… I become unconscious and rot in the ground. That’s it. And if both of us are wrong… well, maybe we should study other theologies to find out what will happen to us.

      14. The Truth says:

        Attheist
        You are wrong.
        You are living ina world which satan and his devils are the ruler.
        You are not able to see the Spirit world of our Father because you have not His Spirit inside you.
        I have beenbaptized by our Fathers precious Holy Spirit when I called for Jesus to take my soul.
        No church no preacher no one but me and Him.
        He is faithful and rightious and will do as He says He will.
        Once you receive the Holy Spirit and have Jesus Himself come in and sup with you you will see why all the Christians love the atheist enough to tell them of the Gospel and the Truth of Jesus Christ our Lord God and His Love.

        Peace be unto you

      15. ScarletLetterA says:

        “siylencedogood”- Some atheists do try to actively “convert”… but in no greater proportions than Christians trying to convert non-Christians. You should re-read the intention of the rally. This is not a mass conversion or even a protest.

      16. ScarletLetterA says:

        “Dan”- There is no absolute right and wrong because the notion of right and wrong has changed over time. It used to be OK to openly oppress women, black people, and gays. The first two have radically changed, and the last is changing quickly.

        As for Stalin, etc… they didn’t do the terrible things they did because they were atheists. They HAPPENED to be atheists. In a lot of those cases, the state really was a sort of religion, anyway. Also… Hitler was a Roman Catholic; In 1941, he said “I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.” By the way, in 1936 he also said “I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord’s work.” So by your logic, should we get rid of all Christian people in power because they might start killing people? (Source: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/08/list_of_hitler_quotes_he_was_q.php)

        Next issue: You equated atheism and evolution. Catholic and Anglican bishops even believe in evolution. It’s a scientific fact, as solid as gravity. You should do some reading on it; it’s fascinating stuff. And, while I wouldn’t agree with it as an atheist, there are plenty of ways God *could* have been involved in evolution. But evolution itself is an uncontroversial scientific fact.

        As for only the strong surviving in a society, I think most atheists are against social Darwinism in that sense. In fact, that would be a very right-wing society in which the rich dominate the poor and the sick go unaided. The opposite of what most liberals want.

      17. Larry says:

        Ron, you didn’t even read a word I typed, did you? I just told you that the god of the bible (new testament) sends good people to hell if they don’t believe in Jesus. The god of the old testament didn’t use hell as a threat. The god of the Qur’an generally wants people to be nice to each other.

        Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, think about this:
        If you were born to different parents in a different country, would it be possible for you have a different religion? Why?

        A little critical thinking won’t hurt you too badly.

    3. Earl Eakin says:

      Atheism is liberating. I have never felt so free since I discarded the baggage I was saddled with as a child growing up in an evangelical church.

      1. The Jimmy Z Show says:

        True freedom comes from Jesus Christ. The irrational thinking – that one can know there is no God – is unnatural.

      2. Earl Eakin says:

        It appears to be unnatural because of the way our brains work. We have evolved to rely on false positives to survive. God is just another false positive.

      3. Dee says:

        There are a lot of weird churches, but that doesn’t keep me from having a relationship with God. It’s not a good enough excuse. It’s like saying you had a bad experience with money so you ignore it now.

      4. James says:

        Wouldn’t that mean your thinking is unnatural?

      5. Leroy says:

        Choosing to live without responsibilities is always liberating.

      6. Will says:

        God doesn’t believe in athiests.

      7. SusieNJ says:

        Threw the baby out with the bathwater. One baggage-laden church does not invalidate God.

      8. Jeff says:

        That’s exactly what the statists and secularist want you to feel. You are in their Utopia. Good for you…..weak sheeple…

      9. John B. says:

        You may have been saddled with man’s religion, but you have never been saddled with a relationship with God. It’s a mistake to think that the churches represent God. I am a born again believer but I quit church ten years ago, after more than twenty years in different churches. I wanted more of God and less of man’s religion, and I got it. Don’t give up!

      10. mmboys07 says:

        Of course you feel free; nihilism is liberating unto death.

      11. Darwin's Predator says:

        I find atheism liberating also. When you realize there is no God (god?) no Ultimate Judgment, and that we are simply accidents of Darwisnism – just another predator species, it totally liberates you. You realize there is no RIGHT or WRONG – just compacts constraining behavior entered into by the weakest of our species to protect them against the stronger of our species. For those of us willing to fully embrace this insight, we realize its not us against a God (god?) who metes out Ultimate Justice, its simply us against these arbitrary constraints (called “laws”). Justice becomes just a common agreement of retribution between members of a species – again in a feeble attempt to constrain the behaviors of the strong, and that retribution is nothing more than a salve for weak minds who find it difficult to embrace this ultimate epiphany of atheistic belief – its not a worldly reflection of some moral system of a Supreme Being. Subsequently, if one of us who is strong decides to put a gun to your head and pull the trigger, its not RIGHT or WRONG – it just IS – it is what predator’s do – defend their territory or take over another’s territory by driving the adversary out or killing them. Since there is no GOD, we get away with whatever we can get away with without fear of any ultimate judgment. Isn’t a great world we live in?

      12. George says:

        People who feel the need to proclaim that that they DON”T believe something by demonstrating are the very definition of oxy-morons.

      13. RobertT says:

        I’m sure the idea of not being held to account for actions committed in this world can be very liberating. I am the exact opposite of you. I was raised in a home that was not just critical of the idea of God, but was downright vitriolic to those that believed. I grew up in an environment that preached the “live in the now’,”if it feels good do it” atheist liberal mentality. I found a contentment and stability in my faith that physics and the sciences couldn’t fulfill or answer. In fact, it was my pursuit of physics that ultimately led me to my faith in God. The odds don’t support random chance when it comes to our existence in the universe.

      14. Ryan says:

        You call it liberating? Many people have tried to pretend there is no God but they are only hurting themselves. The evidence is all around you. You look at a watch and think “there must be a designer”, but you look at a person and think there is none? Interestingly Dawkins believes there is a designer. He believes it is aliens from outer space which tells me he just hates God, its not that he doesnt believe in him.

      15. George says:

        Earl is blaming his parents and the church for his ‘baggage’? What baggage? Being scared of your peepee?

      16. Atheist says:

        Atheism is liberating but you must not force your ideology on others even if it is liberating. Militant atheism is just as oppressive as militant religiosity.

      17. Miguel Saavadera says:

        Glad you feel free – but it simply another religion. One of null, naught, nothingness, the void.

        You have no moral code, no conscience, or restrictions – there is others here that have stated there simply is no right or wrong (only unthinking and undefinable grey) – I would not trust you any further than I can see you, and then only in direct line of sight … for you have no outside judgment, no unseen restrictions, no second judgment to prevent your malfeasance. What are your restrictions – your life experience, your code? Life is yours for taking, if unseen you can get away with anything, never mind you see ‘no’ personal codifiable restrictions. Man’s laws, which are based upon the very deity that you abhor or deny … you can break any law because you are an outlaw …. an anarchist.

        These are the members of moral decay, members of the religion of zero. Remember there are several religions who have no deity, or God … only a philosophy …in which there is no God … how does it feel to reject a God of religion, only to have many which equals a void? Why should the religion of naught tell another religion they can not … does not seem equal and just to me…

      18. krp says:

        There is a difference between atheism and arreligion. Discarding a church is liberating but it is not the same as discarding God.

      19. Adam Laurie says:

        Earl, with all due respect please read what you just wrote: “Atheism is liberating. I have never felt so free since I discarded … church.”

        I truncated that because I am with you man, the church is NOT the Bible and it is certainly NOT Jesus Christ. There is nothing gained or lost from me telling you this other than just a friendly gesture like offering soemone driving directions, but please do not make the two synonymous if you are going to choose to reject Christ. Give the Bible a thorough reading, ask all the questions you can, ALL OF THEM AND HOLD NOTHING BACK, then HONESTLY seek out the answers you find from Christians who have asked the same things. Then choose man. If you choose Christ that is cool, if not, have fun at your rally, be safe, and try to respect us as I tell myself to respect Atheists. We’re all in this together!🙂

      20. LORR says:

        The god of athiests is mammon
        If you deny the Lord Jesus Christ He will deny you your rightful place beside Him.
        It doesn’t depend on what you believe Jesus Christ is the Truth!
        I have His precious Holy Spirit dwelling inside me to prove it!
        And I do pray a miracle of appocolyptic measure engulfs the whole lot of you!

        Peace be unto the ones with wisdom to hear what the Spirit is saying..

      21. DJ says:

        Adam, I did just that and the complete honesty part made me come to the personally unwanted conclusion that my faith was cultural and my bible primarily hearsay. It was awful… but being blinded by the “light” was worse. Will you be able to be so honest as you ask of others, or are you simply saying it knowing there is safety back in the Sunday school and home fellowship groups where you can always here of someone who must somewhere know the answer to that particular problem of scripture?

      22. nifongnation says:

        Our brains are wired with a religious part and a sexual part. Are they false because they are chemical and electrical responses ?

      23. gobnait says:

        While you may fancy yourself so very enlightened, the fact is that you have no more proof of your convictions than do people of faith. Why do you and your ilk find it necessary to attack those people to bolster your own position? In this cruel, bitter world there are billions who take comfort in their faith. It’s too bad if that doesn’t work for you but it does for them.

      24. steve says:

        It is liberating to cast off the notion that we are answerable to God, because then we don’t have to worry about how we have lived, the Ten Commandments and all that. But that does not prove God does not exist. Two good books are recommended: “Dismantling Evolution” by Ralph O. Muncaster (a former atheist) and “I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Athiest” by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler.

      25. James Barringer says:

        “We have evolved to rely on false positives to survive.” That makes no sense. You rely on things that at a minimum have real effects to survive. An atheist sociologist. The Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Judaism, Islam) have survived for centuries. While this does not prove correctness, it does demonstrate that these faiths introduces SOMETHING that has real benefits to it’s practitioners, otherwise, reason holds, they would have died out by now. Secularism and Atheism are on the rise in the materially developed economies, but accompanying that increase is an increase in infertility. It could be that the developed people simply “tune” out the signals that are there in the real world. The same way, if you don’t exercise a muscle, that muscle gradually becomes weaker and eventually becomes useless to you.
        I don’t doubt that there are some great Atheists – Penn Gillette is one of my favorite popular characters, who is phenomenally fair-minded and clearly intends to enlighten and not insult. But people to tend to focus on the most offensive people. And so I don’t mean this with ill intent, but I believe Atheists are people who have essentially “lost one of their senses” due to a lack of use. Many believers, too, lack this “sense” but believe the witness of others.
        So explaining faith to an Atheist is like explaining sight to a blind person. The blind person can come to understand sight if he wants to and is willing to believe it exists, but if he decides to deny sight exists, you’re going to have a tough time convincing him of it.

      26. ECH says:

        Earl, actually your “freedom” is being free to explore your limitations, indulge your prejudices and remain captivated by a restricted rationalism that insists on living in a closed system. Further, you are going to assume that your reason is somehow set above your carnal desires. Atheists do not live by reason, which makes it so artifical and isolated, but by their murky desires and fears and pride that informs their reason. However principled they are, they have no justification for a universal principle. It is all subjective and individualistic in the end. That is why this rally will dwindle and come to nothing. Atheists, like any other false belief or disbelief system, intentionally suppress truth elements in this universe they do not want to hear, or what impinges upon their conscience to convict them of sin. They insist on their own dogma of “fairness” like others but cannot justify what standard or higher norm ought to justify that so it is applied to others equally as to themselves. Atheism is hope within a vacuum.

      27. ECH says:

        Earl, as to your evangelical beliefs, a belief is just that until it becomes embraced and internalized to bring transformation. There are evangelicals all over in name only or by tradition because their parents never taught them rightly, deeply or thoruughly. Or, they are really legalists that never understood or experienced the grace of forgiveness and acceptance through faith alone (but not faith that stands alone). Evangelicalism is not moralism or some performance trip based on worls like hyper home-schooling or how to get rich. That kills the soul. over time like anything else. You need to explore the doctrines of grace carefully and fiocus on the teachings of Jesus in light of what He did to back it up, and not judge based on one church experience or two where the teaching may not have been accurate or complete or loving or well-communicated. Most people exposed to the gospel and come away dissatisfied are those that were given a watered down version, or a divided version of its truth, or were blocked by other turmoils in life, or never experienced the grace of God by true kindness.

      28. Smitty77 says:

        Abolutely right! To cling to foklore of centuries ago is so stupid that it’s hard to imagine. When our telescopes that can see for thousands of lignt years finds heaven I may have to become a believer but not untill!

      29. Darwins' Predator says:

        Miguel;

        Well said – apparently no one picked up on my sarcasm. You said:

        “I would not trust you any further than I can see you, and then only in direct line of sight … for you have no outside judgment, no unseen restrictions, no second judgment to prevent your malfeasance. What are your restrictions – your life experience, your code? Life is yours for taking, if unseen you can get away with anything, never mind you see ‘no’ personal codifiable restrictions. Man’s laws, which are based upon the very deity that you abhor or deny … you can break any law because you are an outlaw …. an anarchist.

        These are the members of moral decay, members of the religion of zero….”

        Precisely right. There are three types of people in this world: Those who hold to a moral standard that is outwardly focused – based on a objective standard defined outside of our human existance that is unchanging for all time. Second, there are those whose moral code is inwardly focused – I look out for myself and no one else. And finally those who have NO moral code – their “code” is relativistic – applicable only to the “NOW”.

        Of the second, you can “trust” them because they will always act in their own interest and in their own interest alone – they have in effect a moral standard that says “ME FIRST” before all else. You can plan and compensate for this. The first, having a moral code defined outside of human existence by an Ultimate Being also have a defined moral code that makes them predictable – and trustworthy – you just have to know what their religion teaches. But the latter – the true Atiheist – who has no moral code can never be trusted because their moral code is based on their perspective and their perspective relevant to the particular time, place, and context.

        Miguel – you of all the posters here truly understand the horrible potential of atheism. You “get it” and understand why Hilter, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot could casually murder millions of people without a second thought You “get it” when understanding how atheism permits the most horrible depravity a human is capable of committing and casually looks the other way.

      30. brad says:

        so is anarchy and general disregard for laws and social mores

      31. Griffin999 says:

        To respond to the lengthy, contrived, and complicated comment of “Darwin’s Predator”, of why atheism is supposedly liberating. As Albert Einstein said, “Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”

      32. ealgeone says:

        Earl,

        Be careful what you are saying. Consider the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:28-32

        And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, insolent, arrogrant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

        Now the Good News is that God provides a way for our salvation through Jesus Christ. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that whosoever believes in HIm should not perish, but have eternal life.

        That’s my prayer for you and anyone else reading this.

      33. Mat B says:

        Earl Eakin – “Atheism is liberating”

        In a similar fashion, there is nothing more liberating than allowing yourself to go insane – only then can you truly believe whatever you want.

      34. Vince says:

        Liberated? Or Dust in the Wind?
        Now Listen to … Kansas – Dust in the wind 1977

        The Question of Free Will.

        Albert Einstein, “I do not believe in Freedom of the Will.” Stephen Hawking, in The Grand Design, explains Free Will is an illusion. All matter (including the brain) is subject only to the laws of physics. BF Skinner, “Any man who thinks he is free, is merely ignorant of the causes of his own behavior.”

        We are dust in the wind means we are simply matter in motion, blown around by forces of Nature, we have no Choice — Human behavior is a physics problem.

        Free Will is a Miracle A gift of God … if you believe you have been liberated … you Must also believe in God.

      35. Tuber says:

        It seems to me that atheists take on A LOT more baggage as they get older. The ones I know sound and behave exactly like the orthodox of ANY faith- intolerant, smug, holier-than-thou. I see absolutely no difference- atheists do believe in something – even if it the belief in nothing- and thus they become marooned in the same social and cognitive dynamics which humans use to protect the ‘truth’ of their ideas and perspectives. Really, this fad will pass- the fad where people pay attention to the atheists- because once you speak to them you realize that you have had the VERY SAME conversations with really conservative pompous members of any faith. Atheists are the ultimate let down- they seem so ‘fun’, the new ‘rebels’ , but they are actually very boring….zzz….

      36. Travelassie says:

        One does not have to attend church services, or belong to an organized religion to believe in a Supreme Being. I’ve been reluctant to join an organized religion, but that does not preclude my belief that there is such a Being out there that’s greater than all of us, that’s beyond our capacity as mere men to comprehend. We all see it differently, but I’ve always thought that any belief was a good one if it gave the person comfort and meaning in their life, and made them better for it. As I see it, we all have the right to believe as we wish, and the right NOT to be hassled or persecuted, or ridiculed for our beliefs. I wouldn’t try and force my beliefs on anyone else, and I’d insist on my rights not to have anyone try to force theirs on me.

      37. Scott says:

        2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
        2Pe 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
        2Pe 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
        2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

      38. Brian says:

        written by men who seek to control and wish you to be dependent on them

      39. The Truth says:

        Brian
        John 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

        Atheists are all doubting Thomases you have to be shown before you will believe and then your feeble minds come with excuses to try against.

        Revelations 13:8 .Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
        Listen so that you might hear.
        The beast is lucifer his number is 666.
        You find the beasts’ number by adding 9 (satans number)
        A=9,B=C etc. lucifer= 666
        3=6=9 (satans number)
        The first 36 digits in the numerological order 1+2+3….+35+36=666
        Yes I do know the lawless one (some say antichrist which is not scriptural)
        It is through the Lord God Jesus Christs’ Holy Spirit you receive wisdom to know this.
        Atheists are being readied to receive this mark.
        This knowledge has been sealed until the last days which are now.
        The atheists are fullfilling a prophecy that says in the last days apostasy(turning from the truth).
        The Christians love all people because we are all Gods’ children but to be Sons of God you must have faith and believe in the one God sent to redeem your sins and through faith this shall be.
        These are the last days.
        This is the last generation.
        The “Day of the Lord” is rapidly approaching.
        I am here to show you the proof you have asked.
        It is and always will be mans decision to be saved.
        The truth is the truth!
        You or any atheists’ disbelieve will not change this.
        Peace be unto you

      40. Brian says:

        every generation seems to think that the end is near and all are disappointed,there are several passages of the bible itself that indicate that it should not be taken literally, corinthians 3:6 says pf the new covenant, “the letter kills but the spirit gives life.” corinthians 9:9-12 says that one of the laws of moses is figurative,not literal,Galatians 4:24 says the story of abraham is an allegory.There are failed prophecy in the bible such as, Ezekiel said that Egypt would be made uninhabited wasteland for 40 years(29:19-20) and nebuchadrezzar would plunder it . neither happened, the bible also says you should kill your child if they strike you,Exod. 21:15 , if you work on the sabbath you should be put to death,Exod. 35:2-3, if you curse you should be stoned to death,Lev. 24:14-15, happiness is smashing children off the rocks, Ps. 137:9, , this book was written by me for men to control them with fear, I could go on and on, but I won’t, peace

      41. The Truth says:

        Dear friend

        The Bible is the truth what you are saying has been interpreted the wrong way.
        You have got to be filled with the Holy Spirit to discern what the words are saying.
        Do you doubt the birth of our Lord God Jesus Christ?
        There have been many more blessed than me that have
        dreamt of living in our age, the “Day of the Lord”
        But sadly the veil of lies and delusion is being spread to where if possible even the elect would be deceived.
        This IS NOT possible.
        WHEN I TELL YOU THE BEAST IS 666 YOU CAN FIND HIS NUMBER.
        I cannot tell you who the antichrist (lawless one)is for even though I know it has to come from wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
        The lawless one will reveal himself very soon this is the way he will be known.
        Every generation before us had not the first prophecy fullfilled to begin the clock of the Last Days.
        Israel became a Jewish state in 1948.
        !967 Israel won the war against the Arabian Countries including Egypt.
        The 6 day war or the Arab-Isreal war gave back to Israel East Jerusalem and the Sinai Desert in Egypt and also Gasa and West Bank etc.
        What I am saying is when the armies of Irael won back Jerusalem this started the countdown to the “Day of the Lord.
        I don’t want you to be deceived Brian.
        We all must have the precious name of our saviour our Lord God Jesus Christ on our lips lest we be deceived to accepting dark for light.
        This is the Truth.
        We have the “false prophet” Yes I know who he is.
        We have the lawless one. Yes I know who he is.
        All we like is the beast and he will appear around the time of 12/21/12.
        This date was never set for the end of the world but for a new ruler of the world satan.
        Man loses his rule of the world on this day.
        SO truly you can say it is the last day of man.
        Pray to the Heavenly Father talk to Him ask Him questions. He loves you and if you come to Him with humbleness and of pure heart and call His name “JESUS” He is just to do as He says and save you and fill you with His precious Holy Spirit so that you may grow and mature into what the Father wants you to be for Him not what the world(satan) wants you to be.

        Peace be unto you

      42. ScarletLetterA says:

        “The Truth”- Everything you just said is so nonsensical that I quite literally have a hard time telling it apart from something like a John Nash-esque schizophrenia or other psychotic disorder. You are one of the reasons why atheists shy even further away from religion.

    4. American Man 2012 says:

      That’s the point I always make, that their religion is nothing, which by forcing religions of belief of something, to be removed, makes their views of nothing, the new established religion, forced on all of us, which violates the separation of church and state. I am being forced to abstain from faith, and practice their faith, of nothing.

      1. Jesus H says:

        Not exactly. You’re viewing Atheism as a faith, where it is an absence on faith. If religions were TV channels, Atheism would be like turning the TV off. It is not a matter of belief.

      2. Miguel Saavadera says:

        Jesus H:

        You are dead wrong Atheists, members of faith of null believe there is ‘none,’ that is their faith.’ They can not prove it either way … they believe in that philosophy, Hallelujah! I’m free, free at last! There is nothing there except blind stinking random chaos… what will be will be …

        only an idiot or one who see no order in this process would believe that.

      3. Tellthetruth says:

        What you want to believe is your business, the problem is that atheism wants to restrain Christians from their constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of worship. You only have less than 100 years on the earth, if you’re healthy and lucky, then you will find out the truth that there is a creator and then you will say , “it was true and i chose to reject the creator”. I would rather be on the side of belief that there is a God who will be the judge of all, then risk the eternal consequence of rejecting. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom! The fool has said in his heart, there is no God!!!!

      4. RationalAsh says:

        Miguel Saavadera: You have no idea what atheism is then. We don’t “believe that there is no god”. We “don’t believe that there is a god”.

        It is the absence of faith. Atheists don’t have faith, they simply accept those facts that can be proved.

      5. Jimbo says:

        So Mr Rational, how can you be sure that what you are experiencing is real or a hallucination? You could be the dream of a tick on the butt of a dieing dog. But ten again you just can’t believe that an Almighty God chose to make you in their image and create an environment that supports our existence.

      6. RationalAsh says:

        Tellthetruth:

        You can’t prove your religion or impress us by quoting from the bible. That is like trying to find out if a person is a liar by asking him if he is a liar. There is no independent verification for any religion.

      7. Jimbo says:

        Religion is a practice of ritual. If you want a proof of God’s existence. Stand still in one place, with your eyes and ears open, turn around and observe what you see and hear.

        Now ask yourself is what you observe real or fantasy? If its a fantasy go see a doctor. If it it is real, ask your self how can that be and how does it stay together. Was it man made or a creation of an Almighty God.

      8. Lynne says:

        Neither.

      9. JBSPuddintane says:

        Makes sense.
        Religion: that set of rules by which I know I’m ok…and you’re not.
        I’m left wondering why this rally isn’t scheduled on thier special day, April First.

      10. JBSPuddintane says:

        Religion: that set of rules by which I know I’m ok…and you’re not. Their religion really is SOMETHING.
        Why isn’t the rally scheduled for April First, their special day?

      11. M 1 says:

        Claiming that atheists have a belief system is like claiming that people who don’t believe the sky is made of red Jello have a belief system. The absence of something does not imply the existence of something to replace it.

        “There is no rain today,” doesn’t lead you to assume the observer believes the sky must be full of snow, or tornadoes, or a plague of locusts, does it? And there is nothing inherently “negative” about the statement. It is simply an observation based on the absence of reliable evidence to the contrary: there is no rain today.

        If you choose to believe there is rain today, or supernatural beings wringing their hands over your every activity, or that the sky is made of red Jello, more power to you. But someone who doesn’t hold that belief does not require a “replacement” belief.

        Belief systems are not zero-sum games, and in fact, that shoehorning of your way of thinking is precisely the reason atheists feel the need to “demonstrate” at all: because most religions are established with a built-in intolerance of anyone who refuses to prostate themselves to the system. Gods were invented to explain things which seemed, at the time, to be inexplicable. Religions were invented to promote one belief system over competing systems. They are control systems — the first governments, in effect. And the time for both has passed.

      12. American Man 2012 says:

        You are rationalizing this to fit your denial of your faith. You can belief you as a person is perfect, or a failure, or beautiful, or ugly. Atheists believe that they are not attached or dependent on a creator, and distance themselves from organized groups that believe in a creator with the same rules.
        So does Atheists organized now to evaluate the non connection to God

      13. Mat B says:

        You guys claiming to be atheists are not consistent and making logical errors, what you are describing a lot is the belief system of an agnostic, if you are an agnostic atheist, then be clear about it.

        Jesus H – if theories about something were like tv channels then by definition you cannot have one that is a channel ‘tv turned off’. If you say, “I don’t know if there is a God, and I don’t spend a moment thinking about it.” Then THAT would be a closer analogy to turning the TV off, but if you say “There is no God” then you are promoting a theory which is like any other “tv channel”.

        RationalAsh – you are describing agnostic atheism, but it is interesting because lots of atheists seem to say this more and more. One could say that more appropriately in describing somebody else who never spends a moment or has a thought considering God, like if you were describing an ant or a squirrel that definition would apply, but as soon as you discuss it as a theory and consider – and as soon as you form an opinion that ‘there is no God’ – you are drawing a conclusion that cannot be proven, and you no longer fit your own definition.

        M1 – You are doing the same thing, call yourself an agnostic atheist to be honest, or don’t form any conclusive opinions. Your totally subjective and unprovable claims about why “Gods were invented” and “Religions were invented” makes you sound more like an antitheist as the late Christopher Hitchens described himself.

      14. Larry says:

        I’m an atheist and I think this rally is actually a good thing. I made my decision to lose my religion when I was about 20; many of my friends, coworkers and family still assume I’m a christian. I keep it to myself because I know that they would ostracize me for my disbelief. To a religious person, non-religious people have no morals, ethics or faith. They assume we’re all rapists, pedophiles, liars and criminals. I think a rally like this will help educate the public that you can be an atheist and still be a good person and make it easier for people like myself who live in heavily religious areas to be honest about their beliefs.

      15. Tuber says:

        No, American is correct. Atheists have a faith (look up the definition) – their belief in nothing becomes a belief in something when they use it as a foundation for limiting the worship and beliefs of others. TRUE atheists would not care what others believe or where they observed their practice.

      16. Larry says:

        Tuber;

        Assuming you’re a Christian, think of it this way:
        You believe that by accepting Christ as your savior, you can be forgiven of your sins and accepted into an eternity of bliss. If this is what you really believe, you want to “share the good news”, right?

        As an atheist, I believe that religious dogma is suppressing our science and dumbing down our school system. I feel that people can live their lives without fear or superstition and should never take a moment for granted because they assume that this life doesn’t matter. This is why some atheists are as vocal as their religious counterparts; they want to share the good news too. Everyone’s trying to do a favor around here!

    5. Jackie says:

      They are ralling 8 days too early. They should rally on April 1, their national holiday.

      1. Canof Sand says:

        Haha, brilliant!

      2. exposeevil says:

        Good point besides the one on the top of their heads April fools day would be the perfect day

      3. Ladyjane says:

        My thoughts exactly! Q. What does a Christian and a dead atheist have in commeon? A. They both believe in God.

      4. Scott says:

        Very good!

        Psa 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God! They have done corruptly; they have committed abominable wickedness; there is none doing good!

    6. John S says:

      I’d like to agree with you, but the darkness and delusion of evil is very strong.

    7. charles Morgan says:

      Nice picture of ANOTHER rally. What morons run CBS?

      1. JBSPuddintane says:

        I think that might be the Stand In the Gap Promise Keepers assembly from 1997.
        I will bet any athiest that they can’t leave the Mall as perfectly clean as we did that day.

    8. JOHN says:

      What a bunch of stupid people. What if we did not make ourselves like they think
      and they have to meet who created them? I think the creator would to say the least not be happy with them. So what they have is a no win and a less win
      situation for them. No gain at all with what they are doing.
      Taking a risk with no reward that is insane.

      1. dog says:

        Why would god care if people believe in him?
        Is an omnipotent beings ego that fragile?

        If he REALLY cared that people knew about him, he’d show up on television or something.

      2. Christian says:

        @dog He showed up in person. What? You want encores???

      3. stesse says:

        To dog: The One who is Almighty and All Powerful has no ego problem. He created everything that is. And, He will put an end to all of it, just as it is written. Don’t think that He doesn’t show up. He does, as he did with Paul, a murderer of Christians. He struck Paul blind for a time and then Paul underwent a serious attitude adjustment. I pray our LORD will show up to introduce Himself to you, too. Read Ezekiel 38-39, which predicts a regional war in which a number of nations attack Israel. This is one instance in which the LORD promises He will show up. Look out for that! It may seem to you that this event is getting ready to happen in this day if you follow the world news. And dog, please, especially note Ezekiel 38:23. The Most Exalted One does all of this why? So that many will KNOW that He is Lord over his own creation, even you, dear dog. Get on board. Come join us in that next dimension which is an unbelievably beautiful place. God’s peace be upon you, dear brother or sister.

      4. Canof Sand says:

        @dog I thought your ilk’s big “proof” that there was no God was that bad stuff happens to good people, yet according to you, the fact that He helps people live their lives in a way that will make them happy is only because he wants people to admire him cuz he’s got a big ego! Well, gee, then why doesn’t he intervene and make it so there’s no bad stuff any more! That’d surely win over many more worshippers to inflate his ego even further! Sure, that’d damn us all to never actually learning anything, voiding much of the purpose of life (a fact that your ilk blind yourselves to in order to make that “bad stuff happens so there’s no God!” argument), but why would he care since he must be oh so selfish according to you?

        There’s no winning with you people. And you claim to be the reasonable ones!

      5. exposeevil says:

        God calls them fools should of had it in April 1 heres three great verese for the Atheist …
        Psalms 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
        Psalms 50:22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

        Psalms 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

      6. Brian says:

        here’s one i like, numbers 31:17-18, Moses commands his troops to kill every women and child in Midian, except young virgins who the troops may keep for them selves. and this from the guy who brings down the 10 moral divine dictums down from the mount, no hypocrisy? peace

      7. nifongnation says:

        Dog

        He is on TV often. He is our Supreme Leader.

    9. bossman says:

      atheists are right. Here’s is the proof:
      hthttp://youtu.be/gPOfurmrjxo
      tp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPOfurmrjxo

      1. exposeevil says:

        Christians are right heres the proof…Bible…God talking to man you are not listening

      1. Canof Sand says:

        The age of Bigotry.

    10. bossman says:

      Hey this’s one good of an atheists

      wwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPOfurmrjxo
      w.youtube.com/watch?v=gPOfurmrjxo

    11. Jamesb says:

      Ha, true. They’ll have an empty altar and cut out cardboard figures of Christopher Hitchens to – ummmm, – “observe” with “due reverence.”

      But NO PRAYING DAMMIT! ;P

    12. jimalso says:

      Hitler did pretty good with that one.

    13. David says:

      If you are born only once, you die twice. If you are born twice, you only die once. God only gives knowledge to understand to those God chooses. At least ask God to give you the knowledge to understand, if you don’t want what he has to offer, at least you looked. If you truly put your ego aside, and for a moment, assume that there is a Creator, and open your mind to that idea, you will gain the knowledge to begin to understand that there is a God that loved you before he even created you. God wants you to enjoy an eternal life with him. A life without pain, sorrow, worry, or fear. Try it. If I am wrong, you have lost nothing. If I am right, you have gained eternity.

      1. Skepticus says:

        “Assume that there is a creator”. Aye, there’s the rub.

    14. Norton says:

      Your premise is flawed. These folks do believe; they just don’t believe in what you do. Nothing wrong in that, right? That’s why they make chocolate and vanilla!

      Just because one professes to be religious doesn’t mean much. In my experience many people are just plain old hippocrites…always judging others…looking for the worst in others (in some religions looking to kill others, should they believe differently). Some of the saddest, looniest, bigoted people on this planet go around spouting their beliefs about something they haven’t got a clue about. They have no way of knowing! How can one know the unknowable? All they know is what some other man as told them. Yet with that information in hand, they stroll through life believing that they are somehow above the rest. It’s a cruel joke! It’s a game I won’t play. Somebody forgive me!

      1. gobnait says:

        For someone who condemns others for being judgmental, you seem to be doing a whole lot of judging yourself. And you call THEM hypocrites?!

      2. jasperddbgghost says:

        Norton is just mad because non-atheists are correct for reassuring him that him and his boyfriend will never be able to have a baby from the butt.

      3. Kevin M. says:

        The silliness though is that you are doing the same thing in claiming that it is a cruel joke. You don’t know. And really…all you know is what some other man told you. It is hypocritical for you to judge them, which you are doing.

    15. Lee says:

      Atheism is not about “negative belief” it’s simply not believing in a god or other deity without evidence. All reasonable testable evidence points towards a godless universe.
      This does not mean the atheists don’t have morals though. Atheists have the same morals as MOST religious people (respect fellow man) but atheistic morals are there to create a functioning society that is beneficial to all where as religious morals are imposed by the church by fear of hell and the devil. I have more faith in my fellow man than the church.

      1. stelar says:

        All the evidence does NOT point toward a godless universe at all. All questions are still very much unaswered and pointing toward the existence of a CREATOR. The good thing is to know God’s existence you just have to look in your heart. Atheists don’t get it and a lot of Christians don’t get it either . Once you find him you will see him everywhere. SEEK and you shall FIND🙂

      2. gina says:

        I am a Christian but I agree with you Lee. My friend is a non-believer and I’ve never met a person who is more honest or kind than her. I don’t try to shove my beliefs down her throat but I do talk about my faith with her. She listens but then I show her respect by listening to her as well. She actually let me take her son to Church because he told her he believed in God. She may not believe in Christ but she’s willing to let her son make up his own mind. How cool is that! And yes, I have faith in God but I also have faith in my fellow man.

    16. dl tomten says:

      They have great faith that if they can gather enough like minded liars and fools together, they can will away the truth.

    17. Greg says:

      Jim I bet most of them are followers of the Church of Big Government though.

      1. Jimbo says:

        Might you be referring to the “Zoo Crew” [aka the Donkey-crats and RINOs]?

    18. JDub says:

      Consider this atheists…in a universe that is expanding and contracting into infinity an infinite number of times there exists the infinite probability that either all exists or all will exist at some point in time.   If it is not now then it is simply a matter of when.  The probability of god outweighs that of non-existence of god by an infinite number.   It is held by the People of the Book that God is the Alpha and Omega… He is infinity and all probability except that of 0 probability.   He is any number x that approaches the limit of y.

      1. Sally says:

        Quote,”…in a universe that is expanding and contracting into infinity an infinite number of times there exists…”

        Except that it isn’t, dope.

    19. Woodrow says:

      Atheists are a huge factor in the moral decline of our society.While Christians and God fearing people do nothing to effect an atheists life,atheists are in fact effecting ours.Our once great nation will be judged for its murder of unborn babies,and all the abominations that have become common place in our way of life.I will pray for these people and hope that they find God.What is their hope for me?That I not care for the sick and lost?That I not donate to missions and feed the poor?That I believe that I will one day enter a grave and be no more?That would be unbearably depressing.

    20. Rich says:

      A belief in the apocalypse this December is just another reason of why this rally is called the “Reason Rally.” Honestly, folks, does anyone actually believe the world is going to end in December?

    21. jasperddbgghost says:

      Gays are bound to be there. Lock up the little boys.

      1. Mat B says:

        That is just wrong… I shouldn’t have laughed so hard.

      2. Brian says:

        lemme guess ,your a catholic priest?

    22. El Loco says:

      You profess belief, i.e. “faith”, in god, for which, there is absolutely no objective evidence. This blind faith is based on a book of myths, allegories, superstitions, contradictions, vagueness and falsehoods. And when logiical, reasonable, rational, ojbective people reject illogical, unreasonable, irrational, subjective “faith” in a nonexistent god, you get your panties all in a wad. Get your bible-thumping out of your self-richteous butt and try to wake up.

      1. ealgeone says:

        El Loco,

        I believe God created the universe, the planets, etc.

        Here is what you believe:

        Something came from nothing
        Life comes from lifelessness

        Now, which belief is illogical, unreasonable, or irrational?

        If you believe those things, then your faith is greater than mine.

      2. Mat B says:

        Loco seems like an antitheist, not an atheist…you are right on eagleone, if they believe something came from nothing, then they believe in a miracle. I like this quote that illustrates their position “`Hydrogen is a light, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people.”

    23. brad says:

      its not a negative belief. Atheism is a religion of its own, with its own zealots.

    24. regulas says:

      Maybe they will create a graven image of their god, Darwin. They could look up to the statue of Persephone (goddess of the underworld) on top of the capital building for re-assurance that DC is pagan and not Christian.

    25. BFC Cpl Jack says:

      Yeah, It’s sorta like the NEGATIVE rights that obambi was talking about, though I confess not to bothered to commit them to memory. Just the concept of negative rights was enough to stir my bowels and sphincter.

    26. BFC Cpl Jack says:

      Yeah, They are sorta like those negative rights that Obambi was talking about. Fortunately I forget what they are. But I know that he will tell me again how lucky I am to have him for president.

    27. Elliot says:

      It’s not that they believe in nothing, but that they just don’t feel the NEED to believe in a “God” figure belief. They DO believe in values, science, morality, etc. They also believe in the individuals rights, and personal freedoms Not be dictated to them from others predetermined judgemental predudices that come from a man interpeting the meaning of a book (the bible) written by men over 1500 years ago.

    28. Isaiah says:

      First, Atheist believe in self creation, which is completely stupid! How can inorganic matter come from nothing, which is a must if you believe in no Creator? Next, how does inorganic matter magically become organic? Spontaneous generation? No! Atheist magic fairy dust I guess.

      Only a fool would call themselves an atheist, so Washington DC is a great place for them to go…Go hang out with the rest of Americas liars, thieves and nasty lowlifes…BKA…Politicians.

    29. J.E.Stump says:

      CBS Really? Massive? This the way mass communication works in a country of about a billion to report what a possible thousand people collect about nothing reasonable. here is a headline for you “CBS squanders opportunities to report on relevancy” Hey I’m just saying!.

    30. Joe says:

      Atheists are very religious people. Their belief is atheism. Some may even die for it.

    31. vel says:

      seems that someone has forgotten the rallies against segretation in his desperation to try to make fun of freethinkers and atheists. Tsk.

      1. Kyle says:

        Those rallies were in OPPOSITION to segregation, not in support of a negative belief. Unless this rally is in opposition to theists, your analogy is flawed.

    32. Kevin says:

      It will happen once, but not consistently. People of faith generally have a much more locked in belief (i.e. they’ll die for it). If an atheist can go to DC and turn it into another occupy tent party with plenty of drugs and sex, they’ll be game for it.

  2. Rick says:

    Awesome. Just what this country needs, another demographic to march and carry signs and whine about how unfairly they are being treated and how nobody likes them.

    1. Bro Mack says:

      Just like your whining here on this forum.

      1. Canof Sand says:

        You people are impossible to reason with because you don’t seem to have a basic grasp on logical arguments. To make your ridiculous comparison work, you have to first characterize his post as “whining” (trollish to begin with, but for the sake of argument we’ll go on), assert that his “whining” is about how unfairly he is being treated and how nobody likes him (it isn’t, but again, we’ll go on), and then stipulate that people “whining” on forums are a “demographic” that marches and carries signs.

        You can’t make a logical argument because you don’t have one.

    2. Earl Eakin says:

      We know you like us, Rick! LOL

    3. Joe Byteme says:

      This is more of an anti-Chrisstian rally, than anything else. They are just cloaking it in ‘correct’ language, typical of the left in everything they do. Now why do I get the feeling that the occu taards have something to do with this?

      1. Jerad the Thinker says:

        Joe you are wildly missinformed. The leader of this rally is a republican and is on FOX news regularly. this has nothing to do with occupying anything, and has everything to do with being able to show that we are not just a small group of people who will not be ignored any longer. It is also to show that we are your friends and neighbors. we are not miscreants, we are not devil worshipers, we are people who have shed the binds of religion, we take responsibility for what we do with our lives and are held accountable. we dont just say it doesnt matter what i do because i get down on my knees at night and say im sorry so the man upstairs forgives me for what ive done.

      2. Canof Sand says:

        “we are your friends and neighbors. we are not miscreants, we are not devil worshipers, we are people who have shed the binds of religion”
        =
        “we are your friends and neighbors. we are not miscreants, we are not devil worshipers, we are BIGOTS… so, scratch that bit about ‘friends’ if you’re religious”

      3. Tuber says:

        One day, Can of Sand, you will heal from your anger and when you do, you will FEAR making ‘sweeping statements’ and creating stereotypes, not because it gives everyone permission to do the exactly same to you, but because it violates an internal creed where truth actually matters. That is the day when you feel truly free.

  3. Ferb says:

    “I believe in nothing, so let me fight for it!” What a sad existence. How about: Figure out what you DO believe, and fight for that? Oh, that requires too much work, well then, carry on.

    1. JR says:

      This, like jim’s comment above, is simply incorrect. It is not that atheists do not believe in any particular god. Atheists affirmatively believe that there is no god. What they do believe is that there is no god. Believe in the absence of a thing is a belief; for example, your belief that you are not a brain in a vat subject to the mirages of a Cartesian evil genius.

      1. Derek says:

        Its a negative belief because someone first has to believe in God for someone to believe that there isn’t a God. If no one ever believed in God, no one would form a group to not believe in God.
        If you want to be comparable to a belief system of religions, then believe in science or that nothing matters (or some other philosophy), not “I believe others beliefs are wrong”.

      2. JC says:

        Because you choose NOT to believe in a deity, why would like-minded people gather “…to dispel stereotypes, and to rally for legislative equality.”? I have never been discriminated against for believing in a God; as a matter of fact, the topic has never come up at a job interview. And, answer – this one for me – why do so many atheists cry to God for forgiveness on their deathbeds? Enlighten me…

      3. Tony says:

        Do you actively believe there is no Allah? What entitles you to that?

        Atheists disbelief in god is exactly the same as their disbelief in a giant poodle orbiting Saturn. Skeptical until shown a single bit of evidence.

      4. miker42 says:

        JC. You could enlighten yourself by reading your own comment. You promote the stereotype that “so many atheists cry to God for forgiveness on their deathbeds”. That is untrue, and it is a stereotype that like-minded atheists want to dispel.

      5. Earl Eakin says:

        A deist believes there is a creator who made everything and walked away.
        A theist believes there is a creator who made everything and then has stuck around to tweak stuff that he didn’t get right in the first place, or in response to supplications from believers, who request his assistance.
        By definition, an atheist does not believe the latter. The former is optional.

      6. JBSPuddintane says:

        There IS a giant poodle orbiting Saturn.
        Well, given enough time, there WILL BE.

    2. J.D. Lees says:

      You religious nuts define atheism as a negative belief. Not so. Atheists believe the universe we see around us is real, and that reason is man’s route to knowledge. That’s positive! You religious people base your faith on, “You can’t prove God DOESN’T exist, therefore I believe in it.” That’s a negative belief system.

      1. Earl Eakin says:

        By the logic of the previous posters, Christianity is a negative belief because it preaches that Zeus doesn’t exist.

      2. Kelvin says:

        Reason is man’s route to knowledge, so do you ponder big questions like how did the universe begin? Anyone who is a pure atheist is really an anti-theist, which is why I could respect Christopher Hitchens for at least being honest about himself, but if you can’t admit that then you should be agnostic and leave it at that… but getting back to the reason and creation. If you believe that matter sponteously generated from nothing during the big bang, then you are essentially admitting that something came from nothing, which is impossible according to scientific principles… what was the cause? If you admit you don’t know, then at least you are honest, but if you believe that we will one day have a scientific explanation they you are putting just as much FAITH in science as a theist does God.

      3. Desi Erasmus says:

        A good read is “I Don’t Believe In Atheists” by Chris Hedges:
        http://www.amazon.com/I-Dont-Believe-Atheists-ebook/dp/B00161E3CS

        “Hedges is clear from the outset: there is nothing inherently moral about being either a believer or a nonbeliever. He goes a step further by accusing atheists of being as intolerant, chauvinistic, bigoted, anti-intellectual, and self-righteous as their archrivals, religious fundamentalists; in other words, as being secular versions of the religious Right. Like best-selling atheists Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett, Hedges is disgusted with the Christian Right, going so far as to call it the most frightening mass movement in American history. Even more disturbing for Hedges, however, is the notion, which many atheists and liberal churchgoers share, that as a species humanity can progress morally. There is nothing in human nature or human history to support the idea, Hedges maintains, nor that the flaws of human nature will ever be overcome. He discusses the dark sides of the Enlightenment, Darwinism, consumer culture, the justifications for America’s wars (including in Vietnam and now Iraq), and obsession with celebrity, among other equally hot topics. His purpose in this small, thought-provoking book is, he says, to help Americans, in particular, accept the limitations of being human and, ultimately, face reality.”

      4. gobnait says:

        Why is it necessary for you to demean people of faith to make your point? Name calling merely serves to diminish your credibility.

      5. JBSPuddintane says:

        Christianity DOES NOT preach that Zeus does not exist.
        Christianity acknowledges all manner of gods…

    3. Greg says:

      Hey Ferb, I hear you.

      A famous philospher once said, “It is easy to die for something you belive in. Live humbly for those you love.”

      Can’t remember who though🙂

    4. bossman says:

      He believes in no-God; And that’s what he’s fighting for..Isn’t that obvious to you?

    5. bossman says:

      He believes in no-God; And that’s what he’s fighting for..Isn’t that obvious to you?
      If you believe in an existence of a God and another dude believes in the non-existence of a God , what is your worry? Moreover believing something doesn’t doesn’t automatically qualifies it as a fact. Belief is just belief.: It a means not an end.

    6. nifongnation says:

      Obama does that, according to Yuri Bezmenov.

  4. Joe Schmoe says:

    They should start the meeting with a prayer.

    1. Earl Eakin says:

      Mark Twain’s war prayer is frequently quoted.

    1. RealityChecker says:

      You and three other kooks.

      1. ScarletLetterA says:

        Try “several thousand.” Preferably without the juvenile name-calling.

        https://www.facebook.com/events/216322945096765/

  5. John Galt says:

    Stop shoving your secularism down my throat.

    1. ted says:

      Stop embedding religion into government just so you can shove your religion down people’s throats.

      1. citizen says:

        Yeah, so embedded. That’s why the Catholic church is preaching right now against the latest Obamacare fiasco.

    2. J.D. Lees says:

      You dishonor the name of John Galt.

    3. blissfully_informed says:

      This is hilarious coming from someone co-opting the name of John Galt. Are you aware that the Objectivist philosophy espoused by Ayn Rand was a staunchly Atheistic philosophy? Not only did she not believe in God, but she felt religion had no value in society.

      http://solohq.org/Articles/Parille/Ayn_Rand,_Objectivism,_and_Religion_(Part_1_of_4).shtml

    4. Earl Eakin says:

      As soon as your friends stop knocking on my door LOL.

      1. bossman says:

        You mean the Jehovah wittness?lol

    5. Jesus H says:

      Well you see, there’s this thing called the US Constitution…

  6. ken says:

    So is this sponsored by the DNC and Soros?

    1. Earl Eakin says:

      Yes, it’s a conspiracy.

    2. farmerjulia says:

      I think the New World Order is behind it too. Better let Alex Jones and Glenn Beck know!

  7. Neo says:

    Speaking as a life long Atheist…go home! nobody cares. To a true Atheist, religion is a non subject. I resent when someone tries to push their beliefs on me, we would be no better doing the same

    If you are an Atheist, shut up and be an Atheist. You have nothing you need to prove.

    1. jimtx says:

      Thumbs up from a Christian. I only resent those atheists who go out of their way to belittle, offend and generally interfere with people who adhere to Christianity or any belief in a higher power or deity.

    2. abe vigoda rules says:

      Excellent comments, Neo. Sounds like you took the red pill.

    3. Ted says:

      That is the whole point. Atheists are sick of having Christianity forced down their throats, and are standing up to resist the aggressive advances of the conservative right. Your apathy to being pushed around and having your liberties threatened is not an admirable trait by the way…

      1. Rick says:

        Hypocrite. Why are you doing the exact thing you are against.

      2. Derek says:

        Who has been pushing you around, Ted?

      3. Neo says:

        I don’t feel pushed around one bit. I’m quite happy. Not threatened, not bugged by anyone’s beliefs. How I feel about religion is my personal belief, how anyone else feels is their business.

        Most rebellious Atheists I know of came about it after leaving a church…sort of like intolerant ex-smokers.

        Live your life, believe what you want, or not, and be happy. Life is too short (unless you think you will have an afterlife).

      4. Wilson says:

        Typical athiest. Those evil Christians are trying to take over the world again. Funny how you people NEVER say anything about Islam or Bhuddists or Hindus.

        Nope. You only hate Christians. And based on most athiest posters, HATE is the appropriate word.

      5. Ted says:

        Let’s see, anti-abortion (even for rape victims or when the mother would die), anti-gay marriage, how to teach my children in schools and what they need to recite, how I should live my life… shall I continue?

        The Christian religious agenda is the one forcing their opinions on others… I don’t see this from Buddhists, Jews or Muslims.

      6. Richard Brown says:

        The Constitution says that there will be no state religion established OR infringment by goernment on a citizens pursiit of that religion. Ted, you must be “stupid, stupid, stupid.”

      7. Mike says:

        Atheists are the most under-represented group in Congress (1 atheist in the house, compared to 50 million atheists in the US).

        Atheists in the US complain about Christians because Christianity is the dominant religion in the US. Atheists in the middle east would complain about Islam, if it weren’t for the fact that they’d get killed over it. Thanks for that improvement, by the way – doesn’t mean we couldn’t make things even better.

      8. (the other ted) ted says:

        Ted is really disappoints me how you fail to recognize when muslims forces their religion on the state. The middle east is filled of theocracies and sharia law is starting to be embed into British law. Dont be so blind.

      9. Ted says:

        Well Richard Brown, I had to chuckle at your childish attack that I must be “stupid, stupid, stupid,” since a giant red squiggly line appears below the words goernment and pursiit indicating they are misspelled yet you plowed right through regardless to attack my intelligence.

        I have no problem with Christianity as long as they don’t dictate how I should act, think or enjoy my life in this great country of ours. When they start pushing their values and agendas on me is when I push back… it really has no bearing on what they choose to believe in, and I certainly don’t try to push my beliefs on others contrary to the general accusations here. This march is about awareness… people saying we are here and we are unified. It is no different than the tea party movements or the million man march.

        P.S. Other Ted, we are talking about the U.S. Not the Middle East or England. If that was even remotely happening here, I would have a problem with it as well.

      10. Earl Eakin says:

        One of the reasons I have rejected religion is because it constantly stands in the way of scientific progress, it abuses children and women, and it justifies violence. You cannot pay someone to fly planes into buildings — they won’t be around to spend the money. The only way you can get people to fight to the death is by promising them something in the hereafter – something you conveniently never have to deliver. Religion is a force of superstition so dramatically counterproductive to the evolution of the human race (and yes, we are evolving) that it is indeed important to actively denounce it.

      11. Michelle says:

        And yet the authors of the Declaration of Independence stated that men are created equal that they are endowed BY THEIR CREATOR with certain unailienable rights…..yea, they didn’t believe in God.

      12. Jesus says:

        According to your reasoning, somebody can’t be ‘anti-gay marriage’ since gay marraige doesn’t exist.

      13. citizen says:

        How is Christianity being forced down your throats? What are the aggressive advances made by the conservative right?

        In what ways do you think Christians are more apathetic than anyone else on threatened liberties?

        I’m asking because I’m truly curious.

      14. exposeevil says:

        As a Born again believers in Jesus Christ we force nothing down your so called throats you willingly reject God..You are in some sort of sin and love it more than the Saviour.God says the fool has said in his heart there is no God..You have the liberty to or free will to reject God..We as Christians warn you of an impending hell you have the right to go there

      15. krp says:

        Here’s the point.
        The earliest settlers were first the Separatists that landed at Plymouth colony. They went to the New World as religious outcasts. They first tried a form of Communism and when they nearly starved they began to install private property and rights of ownership and production, Supply side economics. This enabled the colony to thrive and as a result it attracted more colonists.
        The next wave of Colonists were the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans built on the example set by the Separatists and they also had mandatory education for the children of the colony – which was not the case for children in England. The point of education was so that the children were literate to be able to read the Bible.
        Between the free enterprise model and the well educated population, naturally the colonies thrived even more. In barely a 100 years, British America was the envy of all of Europe. The colonists were two inches taller than Europeans on average because their diet was better.
        This was the mindset that led to the additional colonies and which was the spirit that the colonies and the Founding of this country were based on.

        What we see is the erosion of the bedrock of the character that led this country to its greatness and taking that away will led to the destruction of the greatest nation in history when there is no reason for it.

      16. Chris says:

        So your answer is to push atheism down everyone else’s throats? What’s funny to me is that this rally proves that atheism is as much a “religion” as Christianity, Judaism, or Islam.

        What’s really funny to me is the thread in this rally which seeks to convert others to atheism, much like the Mormons who go door-to-door seeking converts to their Church.

        No, atheism is not the absence of religious beliefs. Atheism is a religious belief.

    4. F Drennan says:

      Very well said, and as an athiest, I agree.

    5. Karl Quick says:

      Amen! From a long-practicing Catholic! The Constitution gives me the right to BELIEVE and you the right NOT to. Just don’t try to use government to split us into waring factions for the political gain of greedy, power-hungry politicians.

      In the 1950’s I was taught in very conservative Catholic schools on the Mississippi Gulf coast that it is not for man to judge who goes to heaven, but God. I specifically was instructed that people who never heard of Jesus Christ or who have no religious beliefs or knowledge can still be judged worthy of heaven. Even those of us that look like the worse sinners or the most blessed saints here on earth will be judged in the context of the gifts we were born with, the opportunities presented and how well we satisfied God, knowlingly or unknowingly.

      Above is what I was taught in the ’50s by St. Joseph nuns and Sacred Heart brothers as well as my parents and siblings.

      Below in my opinion, not necessarily Catholic church teaching.

      IMHO, it was a violation of Church and State long, long ago when government stepped over its bounds and started regulating “marriage”. marriage is a natural law and a religious law “sacrament”. The civil and criminal laws should be free of sexual bias; tax laws may favor children and by indirection the care takers of children, but should not be tied to the biological parents.

      Goverment’s duties end with the protection of each of us from each other in regard to the rights to life, property, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

      Legislatures should rewrite their laws to replace “marriage” with ‘civil union’ or similar language, remove sexual bias, and restrict the law only to health, safety and property sharing issues. Child welfare laws and laws against violence should apply directly to those aspects of law that now address child and spouse issues, independent of the “marriage”.

      I recognize this will offend the sensitivities of many. But it should only impact their desire to strengthen their faith and their participation in their churches, including the expansion of their participation in the sacraments of their religion. Then the social wars and debates can be held without the heavy hand of government bening called in…. except to prevent violence!

      Peace!

      1. Derek says:

        Agreed. Had similar teachings as a youth, though from the Evangelical side in the 70s.

      2. Toady says:

        How about we just get the government out of marriage and civil unions altogether?

      3. Earl Eakin says:

        Were you taught that the cracker and wine really turn into the flesh and blood of a deity-man? And were you taught that not eating fish on Friday was a mortal sin (and then taught that Jesus changed his mind)?

      4. Leroy says:

        Excellent description.

      5. Leroy says:

        Earl, you need to understand the word ‘symbolism’

      6. nifongnation says:

        Obama wants to tell us how to believe. Is he the new Christ

    6. Bob says:

      Accurate comment!

    7. gobnait says:

      Hear, hear! You have hit the nail on the head! WHY is it important for these non-believers to address a non issue?

  8. Lynn Field says:

    It is interesting that there is a quote that Atheists are the most hated. I believe they think they are and they spew hateful rhetoric but as to the most hated, it is only themselves they hate the most.

    1. JR says:

      Nope. What you are saying is a sort of rationalization that religious people like to assume rather than provide an argument for because it coheres with your narrative that people cannot be happy without god.

      I stand with Neo on this. This group is the “get your religion out of my face” crowd, when it really isn’t in anyone’s face. I am an atheist and I think the Pledge of Allegiance should retain the reference to god.

      1. Derek says:

        Nope. What you are saying is a rationalization that religious atheists like to assume about those that believe in God. The truth is that people no matter what religion will hear most the hate toward their own. As such, everyone thinks the opposed groups are full of hate.

  9. abe vigoda rules says:

    “There are more atheists in the country right now than Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined and doubled – that’s a lot of people, and we are the most hated … for no reason other than pure and simple religious bigotry, spurned by ignorance,” Silverman said.

    — “Hate”… I’m not sure about that. I have nothing against Athiests. They can, and should, believe what they want. It just seems like Christians, and especially Catholics, catch a heck of a lot of derision.

  10. windriver says:

    This is all well and good as long as they don’t bash those who DO have religion in their lives. I don’t think that will be the case though.

    1. JustAGuy says:

      Bashing Christians is the whole point of their existence.

    2. Earl Eakin says:

      Moderate religion is the foundation for extremists.

  11. M4L says:

    So if he’s for separation of church and state, I’m assuming he’s a vocal opponent of the government forcing faith based organizations to buy things that go against their beliefs. Wait … you mean this is just a liberal shill group? I’m shocked!

  12. Truth on the march says:

    The atheist movement is almost exclusively a Jewish secular atheist marxist conglomeration. Can’t fix a problem if we are afraid to identify it.My Orthodox Jewish friends are not the issue, this again is seculars.

    1. Tom says:

      Have you ever even read Ayn Rand?? Author of Atlas Shrugged?? One of the most influential writers of the 20th century? Hard core suporter of Capitalism and Republican politics, and staunch atheist. To suggest that atheism is a marxist conglomeration is to be laughably, pathetically ignorant. You do have a brain, don’t you?? Wait. let me guess. You believe that the earth is 6,000 years old, that God destroyed all life on this planet except for Noah and his family, and that humans lived side by side with dinosaurs.

      1. Anita says:

        Yeah Greenspan was an ardent fan of hers only problem is it doesn’t,t work, great theory though. Guess some rules and regulations work. Sounds so sophisticated and elite. Just didn,t work. Even Greenspan admitted he was wrong. Guess the time proven works. He LOVED Ayn. T oo bad she was wrong.

      2. Tom says:

        @ Anita: Never said I agreed with Ayn Rand. I pointed her out because she has millions of “followers,” was an atheist, and was decidedly anti-communist. “Truth on the march” believes that nearly all atheists are Marxists. I destroyed that idiotic opinion, and, apparently, you are not bright enough to understand my point.

    2. Earl Eakin says:

      Wow, all this time I never knew I was Jewish LOL.

      1. Tom says:

        And I didn’t know I was part of a Marxist conglomeration. Well, it is what it is, Earl. I just want to say that it is very nice to meet you, comrade. L’chaim! 🙂

  13. JustAGuy says:

    This Reason Rally appears to be a gathering of people who proudly proclaim their absolute conclusion that there is no god, even though there is insufficient evidence to draw such a conclusion.

    Logically speaking, that is quite an unreasonable position to take.

    1. Betrand says:

      Google “Russell’s teapot”. The burden of proof doesn’t lie with those who don’t believe; it lies with those who do.

      1. Toady says:

        Bretrand

        No one has ever proved that conscious complex life forms can arise out of unconscious nonliving matter. Atheists also have a burden of proof on this one.

      2. JustAGuy says:

        I don’t care if you don’t believe in God. That’s your choice. I’m just amused with all the proclamations of absolute certainty that there is no god.

        That takes a mighty heap of hubris. Arrogance is in abundant supply at any gathering of atheists.

      3. JustAGuy says:

        I’m amused by these statement by the BRILLIANT!!!!!! Stephen Hawking, noted atheist.

        “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”

        He added: “It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”

        Law of gravity? By definition, a law is created by an intelligent mind for a specific purpose that introduces a degree of order. Science merely *discovers* physical laws and gains understanding of the implementation and effects of these laws. But we humans create other laws that our abilities enable us to create. Physical laws are beyond our pay grade.

        If we choose to be logical about this matter, we would have to consider the likeliness of an entity that can create these laws we observe that is within that entity’s pay grade. Could it be…..God? (This is where the militant atheist is expected to abandon reason with the goal of refuting this logic)

      4. Betrand says:

        Toady: Atheist does not equal adeism. I don’t care to argue about the existence of a deist god (see the Watchmaker analogy), because deism cannot be proven, nor can it be disproven. Furthermore, the existence of or belief in a deist creator is inconsequential. It is when people start spouting about interventionalist gods that I have to speak up.

        I’ll grant you that absence of proof is not equal to proof of absence, but that works both ways. I can’t prove that conscious matter can arise from unconscious matter (except for the fact that my dog was asleep this earlier today and is now awake…oh, wait, he’s asleep again). But neither can anyone prove the existence of an interventionalist god (theism).

        JustAGuy: “Could it be…..God?” This is analogous to a child wondering who traded a quarter for the tooth he left under his pillow. The child doesn’t understand how the quarter got there, nor does he know the fate of his old tooth. But, someone told him that it was…..The Tooth Fairy! So, he believes it must have been The Tooth Fairy after all. Wiithout evidence to the contrary, the child goes on believing what he was told. No need for proof, just rely on hearsay and don’t demand any further explanation.

        People love to say that atheists are arrogant, but it is the atheists who say that they DON’T KNOW THE ANSWERS, but that the ansers offered so far make no sense. It is the “believers” who arrogantly claim to KNOW THE ANSWERS, because it is written in the book that was handed down to them.

      5. JustAGuy says:

        @betrand,

        NOPE! Atheists are certain in their belief that there is no god. Just ask them! Agnostics are the ones who will say they don’t know. But when asked a few more questions, most agnostics reveal they’re actually atheists but don’t want to commit themselves.

        And your tooth fairy scenario is a bit silly. It is easily learned that the one who placed the coin under the pillow is the parent, unless the parent chooses to lie to their child. And what good parent lies to their children?

      6. Betrand says:

        @JustAGuy

        Critical thinking demands that we don’t make blind assumptions. You cannot make an assertion with no proof and posit it as truth. Where is the proof of an interventionalist god? Atheists would, in fact, say that they do not understand the origin of life or of the universe. But they will argue with anyone who demands that there must be a god because there is no better explanation.

        The idea behind the tooth fairy analogy was to expose your rhetorical question (“Could it be…..God?”): you offer “God” as an explanation for that which you don’t understand, instead of admitting that you don’t understand.

        And as to “what good parent lies to their children?” I have to wonder if you’re referring to the church here…

      7. Earl Eakin says:

        If JustAGuy cannot prove that Zeus does not exist, then Zeus must therefore exist.

      8. JustAGuy says:

        @Earl Eakin

        I never posted anything about Zeus. betrand said that critical thinking demands that we do not make blind assumptions, Are you an atheist given to making blind assumptions?

        @betrand, I’m fully aware that atheists are more than willing to admit they do not understand the origins of the universe. However, I’ve communicated with plenty atheists who have arrogantly proclaimed there is no god. So, your leap to suggest I made a blind assumption is without any facts to substantiate that leap.

        And your query if I’m referring to a church is odd. I commented on your tooth fairy scenario by mentioning parents, not churches. Odd, odd indeed. :-/

      9. DJ says:

        Betrand, I wish you were there to talk to me back when I knew everything. The Josh McDowell school of strawman logic prevents one from even comprehending the point of the “tooth fairy” analogy, insulating Christians from quite a lot of logical arguments that demolish their belief system. I was the “go to guy” for a lot of people when I was an evangelical. Now I see all of the wasted years and cringe at the dollar figures my naivety imposed upon me and my family.

        I once heard Linus Pauling state that “god made it.” (We were related by marriage.) It bothered me for years because I knew darn well he not only was an atheist and humanist, but held the church and its doctrines in great contempt. Only now, 18 years later, do I understand the fallacy of the Unseen Mover and realize the implications.

        Of course the proper response for those I left behind will be the wagging of the head, the down-turned face and the declarations of Satan’s deception as they bow their heads in gossip….er, I mean prayer.

      10. gobnait says:

        Faith, by its very definition, requires no proof. It’s the atheists who are hung up on that notion.

    2. Karl Quick says:

      If you believe in an Almighty God that gave us “freedom to choose” as a basic right, certainly it is logical that that God would have created an entire Univers in which his existence and potential coersion would be perfectly hidden!

      As a student of science, He seems to have done a masterful job of launching this place with a big bang that evolves effortlessly on his part into a self sustaining explosion of life and energy and now THOUGHT… all without revealing his hand in a scientifically proveable or dis-proveable way.

      Hold out YOUR hand in front of you. See it? Believe it? Recognize that it is 98% or more empty space between particles of energy the most brilliant of us can only fathom as vibrating strings of energy and “forces”. Plenty of room there for what we “don’t know” is’t there?

      So keep unraveling the onion skins of creation. My bet is He will maintain his “deniabiliy” as long as he wants us to choose rather than be dictated to.

      In any case, the discipline does me (and a lot of other people) a great deal of good. It is hard to be an egotist when you are reminded daily of how far you’ve fallen short of your intensions.

      1. Betrand says:

        I would argue that the same humility applies to the atheist, who gazes on the sky and admits that he doesn’t know all of the answers…unlike the evangelical who has the answers in his little book.

    3. Earl Eakin says:

      What is your evidence that Zeus does not exist?

    4. Earl Eakin says:

      Prove there is no Zeus.

  14. GD says:

    The joke’s on them; God doesn’t believe in this.

    1. Earl Eakin says:

      I am always happy to debate believers, because deep down, they are searching, trying to justify their beliefs, working the arguments their preachers have worked on them, but this time to an audience which believes in reason. Remember the Bible is a collection of miscellaneous “books” (hardly books by the modern definition) voted into the current Bible by a bunch of superstitious, power-hungry men in the Dark Ages. This was a time in which God punished everyone in a village for the actions of a single witch. And when the holy men would do God’s work by burning the women of an entire village at the stake to ensure that no witches would survive. That is the origin of what believers believe today. I was brought up to believe it and 20 years ago, I though that atheists were wacko. Today, it’s like I have woken from a bad dream. I can’t believe I ever swallowed that garbage! It is so ridiculous, it’s really beyond belief. To think that the creator of the universe had to implant himself in the womb of a Jewish virgin to be born as a man and tortured to death because that was the only way he could figure out how to forgive ME for something “Adam and Eve” did? (And they ate a piece of fruit LOL) Absolutely, positively PREPOSTEROUS! So believers, keep searching, and one day, you will be liberated! May I suggest as a first step, read the book God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens. See you at the rally!

      1. ic2much says:

        Rally on wrong day 4/1/2012 RIGHT one. The pic they used was probably Tea Party gathering

  15. Durazac says:

    I’m an atheist, and if the rally were in my town, I would go if I felt it would be positive. The rally would help provide the simple pleasure of being with like minded people. They are not rallying because they “don’t believe” they are rallying because they believe in one another.

    Looks to me like their hope is to illustrate to people, people like Jim and Jak, that atheists make up a varied population of people. Most I know are conservative republican business types like myself. The atheists that irk religious folk are the secularists: An atheist doesn’t believe in god or gods while a secularists wants you to not believe in god or gods.

    1. JustAGuy says:

      I can accept your position. Live and let live.

      I’ve had many on-line debates with those you call secularists. I’ve referred to them as militant atheists. It doesn’t take long to start seeing holes in their logic. These debate have been enjoyable for me.

      To me, every belief system is based on faith. You must exercise faith to embrace something that you have insufficient evidence to draw absolute conclusions about, that include atheism.

      1. Tom says:

        Holes in our logic? Your Bible says that the world was created 6,000 years ago, that the earth was actually created a day or two BEFORE the sun, that if you discover your wife wasn’t a virgin you should stone her to death on her father’s doorsteps, and we have holes in OUR logic?? Thanks for the belly laugh.

      2. krp says:

        @Tom, that was hardly restricted to the Bible. In those days, (actually really up to about 100-150 years ago) in ALL cultures, not just the the Hebrew culture, a man’s wife and children were considered his property. No different than a sheep. So needless to say, if a man would discover that his wife was not a virgin then it would be tantamount to being defrauded by a merchant and sold defective property.

      3. Tom says:

        @KRP that’s alll well and good but wouldn’t God know better??

    2. Earl Eakin says:

      Hear, hear!

  16. Jim Shoe says:

    I don’t know about being the most hated but they quickly beat out televangelists on my list of annoying people.

  17. Lobo says:

    Yeah, Atheist is not a religion. Nope.

    1. JustAGuy says:

      Atheism is a belief system, just as theism is also a belief system. The disconnect is, theists know they practice a belief system. Atheists don’t.

  18. Big Jos says:

    Atheists probably wouldn’t feel so hated if they believed in a God who loved them.

  19. Larry says:

    So they are saying 1 out of every 6 americans are atheists??? I despise these people, what a blatant outright lie. Thats what these people are all about, tearing others down because of what they believe in. I am half tempted to go to DC when they get their 8,000 to 10,000 strong crowd and protest it.

    1. Ted says:

      I hope you appreciate the irony of your blind rage.

      “I despise these people” due to their beliefs differing from mine.

      “Thats what these people are all about, tearing others down because of what they believe in” as I tear them down for their beliefs.

      “I am half temped to go to DC where they get their 8,000 to 10,000 strong crowd and protest it” because I disagree with their beliefs.

      Oh wait, I epitomize the exact qualities I claim to despise them for having… I am a hypocrite.

    2. JR says:

      I think you are conflating religious affiliated individuals, or people that a culturally Catholic/Jewish/etc., and actually religious people. 30% of my closest friends maintain their cultural religious identity because they think it would disappoint their family to admit they do not believe in god. And these are people with whom I attended Catholic high school. I feel no such burden, but don’t see a reason to have a rally about it, particularly after paying lip service from grades K-12 to what strike me as childish fairy tales.

    3. Toady says:

      The percentage of atheists (in the US) is in the low-to mid single percentages. Many atheists tend to lump in the non-churchgoers and non-affiliated into the atheist category in order to inflate the statistics. This is specious.

    4. Earl Eakin says:

      To all those who say atheists are not despised, please read the post above.

      1. Kelvin says:

        I don’t think any honest person here says they are not despised AT ALL, its just not appropriate for the guy to claim atheists are ‘the most hated’… the statement needs clarification, hated by whom? The most? Really? Its overly dramatic and subjective, there is no proof for that, so therefore you should not believe it.

  20. Rupert Pupkin says:

    Gee, do you think Candice Leigh Helfand is somewhat of an advocate of this movement, as opposed to an objective journalis? It seems that she wanted to underscore the idea of a “Massive Rally” by including a photo of “participants in another rally” according to the caption. What’s the matter, couldn’t get a stock photo of a previously “massive” atheist rally? I wonder if that “other rally” was a Tea Party rally?? hmmmm.

    1. Richard Lane says:

      A 2008 Gallup poll showed that 6% of the US population believed that no god or universal spirit exists. That is about 18 million people, not 40-50 million. 18 million is a lot of people, but the numbers were definitely inflated in this article.

  21. FutureUser says:

    I respect the atheists for their willingness to speak up. In America, everyone has the right to be wrong. Nobody has a monopoly on ignorance, and nobody is omniscient. At least that makes a good starting point for a discussion.

    BTW evolution in the Darwinian model violates the laws of genetics as discovered and formulated by Gregor Mendel. You can’t get a being with 23 pairs of chromosomes (human) by starting with zero pairs of chromosomes (pre-life). The great apes with 24 pairs of chromosomes also could not start from zero pairs, either. This is a good reason to consider the creation model.

    Not the -ism part, however!

    1. JIm says:

      Evolution in the Darwinian model doesn’t explain how life was created, just that organisms evolve through natural selection. And no, it does not violate the laws of genetics.

    2. Tony says:

      A magical being who lives in the sky snapping his fingers is a more plausible explanation than natural selection?

      1. Earl Eakin says:

        LOL!!!

      2. Anita says:

        . Christ said The kingdom of God is WITHIN you. You are looking Out there?

      3. gobnait says:

        That’s YOUR perspective. Doesn’t make it the the only one or the right one.

    3. Brian Bower says:

      Mendel’s experiments on pea plant allele inheritance were done in a single species, whereas evolution concerns (amongst other things) the genesis of new species. These are separate games, they are played by following different rules. The rediscovery of Mendel’s works at the turn of the 20th century, along with the discovery of the chromosome as a unit of inheritance, let to the development of the the Sutton-Bovieri Theory, which provided a mechanistic explanation of the rules of Mendelian inheritance. It was not until much more recently that it was discovered that genomic rearrangements had occurred throughout evolution causing speciation events (paleopolyploidy occurred in Poaceae and Eudicots), though mankind has taken advantage of these method of speciation in agriculture before (e.g. the development of Triticale wheat in the early 20th century).

      1. Earl Eakin says:

        FutureUser gets his science from his preacher. He’s not interested in reality.

  22. Karl Quick says:

    And they should receive precisely as much attention as the Catholics “Right to Life” march got from the Main Stream Media….. zilch! ….in spite of 10,000+ on a very cold/rainy day!

    Actual fairness requires this!

    NEXT year, if the Athiests want coverage, they had better make sure the MSM covers the Right to Life march properly. Less than 500 Occupy DC foks got weeks of coverage in the national media, but zilch for Catholics and other Christians marching to express their heart-felt moral outrage at the disdain currently give to respecting lives.

    And I’m not talking about just Abortion! Consider Ms. Houston, Mr. Jackson, and litterally millions that die of drugs around the world. Some overdose, some are poisoned, many children are abused, many are killed raining, buying, trading and the rest of the organized crime wars the drugs feed!

    Respect for human life and freedom extends to raising generations of people who WILLINGLY choose to avoid situations that kill needlessly.

    We don’t need to jail addicts, we need to educate them. We need to shame those in the media and entertainment worlds that endanger those poorer and less successful than themselves every time the play down the dangers involved in risky life styles!

    Freedom of choice? Indeed! Balanced freedom of choice… YOUR freedoms end where they start taking away from the freedoms of OTHERS.

    1. HannMo says:

      Please don’t refer to it as the Catholic’s “Right to Life” march. The annual March for Life attracts people from virtually ALL denominations and religions, including Evangelical, Lutherans for Life, Jewish, Baptists, etc. Also, please don’t just say 10,000 +. It was WAY more than just a plus. The estimate I have heard is approximately 500,000. Of course, the 12 pro-aborts who were there were the only ones to really make the news. I just hope that next year we have a real reason to CELEBRATE ( a new, pro-life administration), and MUCH better weather!

      1. MJ Potter says:

        Please don’t suggest that only religious people oppose abortion. Religious institutions provide much of the organizational resources used in the fight against abortion, but one need not believe in God to believe that killing another person in order to avoid the inconvenience of a pregnancy is a terrible thing.

  23. Thomas Jeffery Egleston says:

    The atheists have turned their dis-belief into a religion. I hate religions, even theirs.

  24. HannMo says:

    I wonder if they are praying for good weather?

    1. Earl Eakin says:

      If they are, it will have the same effect as not praying for it.

  25. Don't Tread on Me says:

    Lets all pray for some kind of snow storm or other event. These people talk out of both sides of their mouth. It’s a shame our country is being slowly taken over by the secular progressive movement while those of faith, ESPECIALLY Christians find their beliefs mocked and their rights trampled upon. I pray for our country.

    1. JIm says:

      “I pray for our country”

      If you were really worried you might try doing something that would actually make any difference at all.

    2. Earl Eakin says:

      Why does everyone have to pray? Does prayer work like a democracy? The more people who pray, the better the chances that God will capitulate? And what kind of response would you expect from God? Will he disrupt the weather patterns abruptly and surprise the meteorologists? Or will physics continue onward with seemingly no change from the norm? Does the creator of the universe need prayer to notify him of this event? Or to notify him of the disapproval of believers? What a weak, pathetic, utterly HUMAN god that would be!

      1. Tom says:

        For a good discussion on this tpoic, visit the hilarious website whydoesgodhateamputees.com.

    3. Betrand says:

      Which rights have been “trampled upon”?

  26. JandJ says:

    Immediately before and after the event, 98% of them will read and watch RELIGIOUS SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY books, movies and comics……just a bunch of lying hypocrites, all moving to a religious belief in Panspermia, waiting for Satan/Lucifer to dupe them into believing in fake aliens from outer space with a message through SETI or a reliable UFO sighting or archeological find when God, who calls atheists fools in the Bible, permits Lucifer to do so for the end-time prophetic events

    1. Aaron says:

      Didn’t Jesus teach a message of tolorance and love for all. How very Christian of you.

      1. JandJ says:

        accusing me of intolerance for a comment that has nothing to do with tolerance or intolerance shows that you are the one being intolerant of Christianity……just more post-modern PC stupidity

    2. DJ says:

      No, stupid happens when one sets up a straw man of no substance to knock it down, hop up and down shouting at the air about the supernatural deceptions straw men are under and cry out loud how dominantly macho your daddy’s muscles are.

      But it is highly amusing, so please, keep on.

  27. julie says:

    Please Designate April 1st as your National Holiday !

  28. Greg says:

    Less than 4% of Americans identify themselves as Atheist. Those that do have been trying to snag the Agnostics for years, which is how they come up with 40million people. True Atheists comprise roughly 12 million in the US.

  29. HypnoToad says:

    Hee hee! What a bunch of goobers. Every time I hear them griping about all this stuff I’m struck by just how little they know, and how they think their arguments are some sort of hardcore conundrum.

    They actually spend money to put up intentionally offensive billboards and such, they openly mock religious types, they insist they’re so much smarter than everyone else, then they turn around and whine like they’re some sort of victim. “Everybody hates us! Whaaaa!”

    They pretend everything they believe is based on science, but it’s a complete fabrication. To deny God they believe hundreds of things that have never been proven. (FAITH MUCH?)

    Then there’s the outright lies: “We outnumber everybody!” Really? Show me the evidence, because every poll I’ve ever seen says 80% or more of the US population claims some sort of religious affiliation.

    Jeez, these people need a hobby.

  30. thegemini7 says:

    What on earth do they want? They often oppress but are never oppressed. What is
    their problem? If it’s lack of the esteem of others, joining together en masse and in-your-face for no cause other than to show their disdain of the religious beliefs of others, this is truly an absurd way to do it, and as absurd, I might add, as atheism in the era of quantum physics. Good grief, atheists: get a life!

  31. Bob says:

    Tooo funny, the Godless marching to make sure they are seen, heard and cared for by those who have a belief….yea, gotta love this Obama-nation we are in….

  32. Frank says:

    Atheists aren’t all socialist liberals, many of us avidly support free markets, capitalism, strong defence, small govt., etc. Conservatives don’t believe in freedom with respect to social issues and often invoke faith as a guiding principle. Last time I checked my pilot flew on training, not faith.

    Judeo-Christian country. So we are a theocracy?

    1. JustAGuy says:

      But you flew on faith that your pilot was sufficiently trained. Did you verify his/her credentials before you rode with him? You just believed he was.

      We exercise faith all the time, as illustrated above. Regarding belief systems? It takes faith to conclude there is no god just as it takes faith to believe there is.

    2. MJ Potter says:

      All religions adopt a system of values. The primary values of the U.S., that is, those things that are considered virtuous and those that are considered worthy of condemnation by most U.S. citizens are the values of Western Civilization which have been transmitted through Jewish and Christian sects. Promoting respect for the Judeo-Christian value system is not the same thing as promoting theocracy.

      Secularists (progressives) have been attacking such virtues as accepting personal responsibility for one’s actions and one’s own life, controlling one’s passions and respecting the concerns of others for over two hundred years. When social conservatives push back against the irresponsibility, selfishness and narcissism promoted by secularists, the secularists invariably accuse social conservatives of trying to establish a theocracy, but the demographics of America make the establishment of a national religion politically impossible even if it were allowed by the Constitution.

      The accusations about establishing a theocracy is idiotic. It can’t happen and no one of any importance or influence even talks about it. What you are really complaining about is that you engage or want to engage in behaviors that society disapproves of and you condemn Western religion as the source of the values that condemn your behavior. If you really don’t like the value system that created the best country in the world, why don’t you find another country to live in?

  33. Just Sayin' says:

    I wonder if Pelosi will say “God Bless them” in regards to this bunch?

  34. Mike says:

    40-50 million atheists? The Pew Forum on Religion conducted in 2011 found 1.6 % of Americans identified themselves as atheists. With 300 million Americans, that means approximately 4-5 million are atheists. They are miscalculating their numbers by a factor of 10. Of course, they don’t fear any repercussions for their lies.

    1. Greg says:

      My numbers above came from an atheist website. Even better to use their own data when paltry doesn’t suffice.

    2. JustAGuy says:

      Who cares? It’s just ONE zero! What’s the big deal about ONE zero? ;->

      Unlike Christianity, there’s no prohibition on lying in the atheist belief system.

  35. Mr. Truth says:

    Get the dumpsters out there. I see another litter-fest in the making.

  36. Dennis D says:

    How many want to bet there will be a major lightning storm or tornado?

  37. fwippel says:

    Wow, this is more attention than the pro-lifers got last month from SeeBS. If you wanted to see a massive rally, you should have covered that one.

    ‘Massive Rally’ of atheists? I wonder how much attention a group of Chrisitans would have gotten ahead of time if they were planning this march. Oh, wait no I don’t wonder. SeeBS wouldn’t have given them a passing glance worth of coverage. My guess is this ‘rally’ won’t come close to the Tea Party rallies or the annual Pro-Life march. We’ll never hear that from SeeBS though.

    1. Greg says:

      And there were “massive protests” against Keystone. Funny I can’t recall hearing or seeing anything about it until Obama said no.

  38. Toady says:

    It is amusing that some of the atheists here say religion is a fairy tale. The idea that we were all created by magical molecules that self-assembled into people over millions of years is as far fetched as Adam and Eve, or Primeval Persons, or what have you.

    We’s all gots religion.

    1. JandJ says:

      Tell that to Adam and Eve at judgement day after you die

  39. Jack says:

    “Most hated”???? That is the most delusional thing I’ve heard all week. The movement known as The New Atheists are mostly behind this, and they are a reckless lot led by the likes of Sam Harris… a dude who affirmed that if he had the choice of eradicating rape or religion, he would chose religion. Nice guy.

  40. Beanie says:

    “There’s nothing an agnostic can’t do if he really doesn’t know whether he believes in anything or not.”

  41. MikeH says:

    Pick one. The atheists are holding the rally because:
    A) They are bored out of their minds
    B) They need to use up their frequent flier miles
    c) They truly are afraid of the mean old Christians
    D) They are actually insecure in their unbelief

    1. Dee says:

      No kidding. What’s the point of meeting to validate your belief in nothing? They really meet to devalue anyone who doesn’t agree with them. I’ve got better things to do than be bitter against everyone who doesn’t agree with me on everything! Proud believer.

    2. MJ Potter says:

      E) They want to build their political power and influence to get to the point where they can rely on something more direct and forceful than political correctness and media smears to persecute anyone who advocates traditional values.
      F) The rise in the political fortunes of Rich Santorum has frightened secularists with the possibility that America may finally elect a President that doesn’t shy away from challenging the left in the culture war.

  42. JakeBlues56 says:

    What rally is that a picture of above? I’m thinking Tea Party, where the mall was actually full of real people, not imaginary numbers reported by the MSM of socialist rallies… nice try.

  43. Lu kondragunta says:

    I believe that the so called ‘atheist’ believes at least in himself or herself. One’s own inner conscience is one’s own benefactor and the so called ‘god’,

  44. GodIsHere says:

    Love how the picture isn’t even of a real atheist rally! “File photo of National Mall crowded with participants in another rally.” Verbatim quote as of 3:55PM EST. You will not pack the Mall. You never have, you never will.

  45. Jud says:

    Hope it doesn’t have to be postponed due to an act of God.

  46. Jeff says:

    After reading these comments I can believe that atheists truly do have a lot to be afraid of in America. The hate on this thread by the religious folks is enough to make me cringe.

    1. Matt says:

      I agree with you Jeff…and thank you for pointing that out. What I see here is a simultaneous casting of stones.

    2. Toady says:

      How many atheists have been physically attacked for their atheism in this country??

    3. Dee says:

      Ridiculous! I guess you’ve never spent much time with atheists or you would see that some are quite militant. Dawkins, Myers (who behaved very badly toward my father in a Creation museum situation – some of the atheists in the group were ashamed and said so). Why would atheists continually go to Creation museums and such, and mobilize to antagonize Christian groups? If that’s not hate, then I don’t know what it is.

      1. SusieNJ says:

        Exactly, Dee.

    4. gobnait says:

      I thought the same thing reading the comments of OWS activists against Jews a few months back. Did that concern you too? Never heard anyone make threats against atheists.

      1. ScarletLetterA says:

        Never? You need to see more debates. I’ve heard plenty. Usually explicitly in the name of Jesus.

  47. Greg says:

    You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” Isaiah 28:15

  48. Sambo says:

    Did you notice the propaganda next to the article? Namely, the photo of the Mall with 1/2 Million people on it. This is done so that people will read the headline and see the photo and get the idea that the event will be packed … when it hasn’t even taken place yet!

  49. John Harnes says:

    “There are 40 to 50 million atheists [in the United States”

    Wow I just love it when folks throw around figures with no confirmation at all where they have come from… I for one “believe” he just threw out these figures and of course the reporter never bothered to check:

    To quote Demographics of atheism, found on wikipedia.org:
    “A 2004 BBC poll showed the number of people in the US who don’t believe in a god to be about 9%.[10] A 2008 Gallup poll showed that a smaller 6% of the US population believed that no god or universal spirit exists.[31] The most recent ARIS report, released March 9, 2009, found in 2008, 34.2 million Americans (15.0%) claim no religion, of which 1.6% explicitly describes itself as atheist (0.7%) or agnostic (0.9%), nearly double the previous 2001 ARIS survey figure of 0.9%.[32]”

    So basically this speakers seems to believe that if you are not associated with a church, temple, ect, then you are an atheist. This is bull! I look on atheists as just another religious movement, claiming they need to dominant the country. As I quoted above, only 1.6% US residents explicitly describe themselves as atheist.

    My spiritual views are private. But It outrages me to see outright lies go into a story without anyone questioning even where this person quoted got his figures from.

    1. Tom says:

      It outrages me that you are deliberatley and deceitfully using outdated data. 2004? Are you kidding me?? This is 2012. Recent years have seen the publication of many wonderful, brilliant books by authors Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, etc. Atheism and agnosticism is now the fastest growing “belief” system in this country, making up approximately 17% of the population. That’s a fact, easily supported by a simple google search. By the way, the numbers in western europe approach 70-80%. We are well on the way. Keep clinging to your lies and fairy tales, and keep believeing that anyone who doesn’t share your beliefs will burn in hell forever. How comforting.

  50. cottoneyed says:

    Mr. Silverman, the question you should be asking “what is more important, the Bible or the Constitution”.. The question should be what’s more important, the Shariah or the Constitution. But, you gutless wonders on the left would never ask that, no no, no! Your head remaining attached to your body precludes that question. Much easier to attack those Christians, they won’t cut your heads off!!! LoL…..you’d best begin look at this creeping Shariah, taking place right under your pointy little noses.

  51. U LIE says:

    And ironically they will all worship their god osama obama.

  52. phlyphisher says:

    Why do folks argue over something they can neither prove or disprove especially when there it not possible to design and experiment to test for it?

    1. Just a man says:

      Because its easier than improving their own lives, minding their own business and accepting that other people may think differently then them.

  53. Tom Genin says:

    Athiests are celebrating that there are more of them to believe in nothing?

    And if Athiests don’t want to be hated, then they should first look in the mirror and know that they’re not “hated” for being Athiests, they’re hated when they stick their nose into everything else that they don’t believe in, like saying Merry Christmas, the fact that the word God is on our money, or in our pledge of allegiance, or there’s a Nativity Scene on public property.

    I mean really, a baby on a bail of hay surrounded by a robed lady and some farm animals is soooo offensive to they? If Athiests were so sound in their beliefs, they’d find it all amusing and move on.

    But their incredible insecurity about having anyone else mention religion proves their the intollerant ones who still don’t know what they believe in.

  54. phlyphisher says:

    D’oh! Typing failure!

  55. jgb says:

    If they get ill on their journey, let’s hope they go to the hospital founded by athiests, rather than one started by the people of faith, assuming there actually is one.
    The fact is, looking at history, athiests have done much more evil and believers much more good that the other way around.
    Be grateful for what God has blessed you with.

  56. Tolerable says:

    One atheist, who will never know the wonder,beauty and happiness of forgiven sins and hope for life eternal is one too many. I will spend time praying they will turn to God and spend eternity with me in Heaven.

    1. Tony says:

      Life is too short to waste time praying to invisible sky daddies.

      1. Dee says:

        Life is too short to be so arrogant and narrow-minded that you devalue anyone of faith.

    2. ScarletLetterA says:

      I prefer to get as acquainted as possible with the wonder, beauty, and happiness of this world and its people. It is truly something to cherish, and it’s the only one we get.

  57. Alex says:

    I, like Mr. Silverman apparently, am also a Republican Atheist. However, as a Republican, i value consistency, and a live and let live philosophy. So I don’t like to throw my non-belief in every one’s face anymore than i like it when people throw their religion in my face.

  58. Jones says:

    There is no way there are 50 million Atheists in this country. I bet the vast majority of those being counted are agnostic. I wonder what sort of policies they want to promote that are not being promoted? If altruistic atheism is carried to its only logical conclusion it always involves eugenics, nobody can deny that, because if they were correct it would make sense to breed better people just like we do dogs and horses…why does he claim they are the most hated (and by whom?), that is a totally subjective and unprovable claim – I thought atheists avoid believing in unprovable things. Why did the atheist cross the road? Because he had to prove to himself there was another side… in death do they cross to find they were double crossed by the one who hates the cross.

    1. Tom says:

      You’ve raised “gibberish” to an art form.

  59. RTC says:

    It WOULD be humerous if lightning struck them ….

    1. ScarletLetterA says:

      What a Christian thing to say.

  60. Consequential says:

    Silverman states “What’s more important: the Bible or the Constitution? Do they want theocracy? Do they want Christianity as the official religion, and if so, which version?”
    First of all, those questions are all red herrings but I ask you Mr Silverman, what’s more important: atheism or freedom? You see, the constitution is clear; our rights derive from God. Atheists who proclaim there is no god are on dangerous ground with respect to their rights and ultimately, their freedom. If our rights are not God-given then what are they based on? A social compact? The pleasure of the government? Majority rule? All of these arrangements are a recipe for disaster.

    1. Tony says:

      Where in the constitution does it say our rights derive from god?

      Don’t you think you ought to know what you’re talking about before you start giving your opinion on things?

      1. DJ says:

        Tony, it says so quite plainly right there by, uh, by the…

        hmmm. Dee’s copy of the Constitution must be “living” because those words sneaked right over into the Declaration of Independence.

    2. Tom says:

      Wow. How does it feel , I really want to know, truly, how does it actually FEEL to be so stupid??

      1. Dee says:

        Figures. This is my common experience with atheists. They just call people stupid and dumb. How pitiful.

      2. Tom says:

        Dee – I wasn’t the one who suggested that the Constitution clearly states that our rights derived from God. Where? You tell me, Dee? Where does it state that in the United States Consitution?? And then he states that atheists are on “dangerous ground” because if we say there is no God, then we, as atheists, don’t really have any rights. It’s as if the 1st Amendment does not exist. Yes, Dee, that is blindingly stupid.

    3. SkeptimusPrime says:

      Good job in displaying just the kind of negitive attitudes towards athiesm that Silverman was speaking of.

  61. Jim says:

    As an athiest, I ask only that religious folk afford my views the same respect I afford theirs, which is considerable.

    I’ve never been in any serious conflict with the religious, and don’t plan to start.

  62. Tony says:

    Everyone is an atheist… at least with respect to every god but one. Atheists just go one god further.

    Also, everyone is born an atheist.

    1. Jones says:

      If everyone is and was born an atheist then how did the very first person become a theist?

      1. Karl Quick says:

        I think it started with that first breath of air outside the womb, or that first suckle of milk. …it expanded from there when the wonder of life exposed itself around them. Then they started thinking “I am GOD and these are my servants!”
        And unless they raised as spoiled brats, the first missled bottle feeding and spanking quickly disuaded them from the belief that they were THE ONE.
        (Present occupant of the White House and many other politicians seemed to miss that step in their evolution to being a complete person, in doubt of their divinity and hopeful of purpose in life.)

    2. Dee says:

      I don’t think someone is born an atheist. It’s a choice you make to definitely believe in evolution or whatever else there is by being anti-God.

  63. Dewey Decimal says:

    Atheists unite. Follow Comrade Lenin’s philosophy. Down with religion, especially that Jesus stuff. Old hat and it doesn’t add any value.

  64. myother says:

    Dam atheists are more trouble than the Jesus freaks.

    1. (the other ted) ted says:

      How so? What is so troublesome about atheists having a rally?

  65. Chris Barker says:

    Fascinating perspective: atheists as a persecuted minority. That is definitely a minority opinion, historically speaking. Many people developed formal philosophies (religions) out of their atheism. Marx, Darwin, Mill, Nietzsche, Lenin, Sanger, Freud, Mead, Hitler, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Descartes, Rousseau, Friedan come to mind. They inspired and/or perpetrated the murder of hundreds of millions of people. (Including abortions. Since there is nothing after an atheist life, abortion is a non-event, ethically speaking.)
    American-Style Democracy is a wholly a Christian thing. If North America had been organized and governmentalized by other than Bible-believing Christians, it would be a continent of marginally functional European-style monarchies, in an endless cycle of internal and external war. At least that’s how George Washington characterized it in his farewell address.)

    1. Tony says:

      The American founding was a wholly secular endeavor. If not, why does the constitution not mention God or Jesus a single time?

      Also, Hitler used catholic rhetoric and the Third Reich was a totally religiously-based movement.

      1. Karl Taeks says:

        That is repeated atheist deception used to smear Catholicism. Hitler hated Catholic principles and only called himself that to smear the church, its kind of like what you have today with Pelosi and Sebelius. I know I know, why didn’t the Catholic church stand up against him or banish him the atheists say – its because he would have killed their members, and they did take an official stand as soon as it was safe to do so. The Pope and Bishops were not concerned about themselves, he was going to take it out on the church members…sending others to their martyrdom is against Catholic principles.

      2. Chris Barker says:

        IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
        The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

        When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

        We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

  66. Kelvin says:

    I don’t believe in aliens. Can we have a rally too?
    This is like the Jackson million man march, where a few thousand showed up.
    I just don’t believe they will get more than a few hundred, unless they get infiltrated by the OWS leftist and anarchist groups, in which case they’d get a few hundred more.

    Be interesting to see if the media gives them as much coverage as the pro-life rally not long ago, which essentially means, they would get none.
    Oh wait, they’ve already gotten more media coverage than the pro-life rally did.

  67. John McIntosh says:

    Please give proof and examples of how the government has tried to impose Christianity of any variety or any religious faith for that matter on its citizens. In all seriousness are they serious? Do they really think the government is trying to make everyone be a Christian? Or is it rather that they would sanitize religion and Christianity especially from any presence in the culture?

    1. Larry says:

      Look at your money. Do you see “In God We Trust” printed there? Do you know who mints our money? That would be the US government.

  68. Galinda says:

    So the hell what. First rally I can remember that is being held to NOT purpose anything! Another group of imbeciles.

  69. Kelvin says:

    I’m an Obama Athiest.
    I don’t believe he has a freaking clue.

    1. JustAGuy says:

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. Jeff says:

    Somehow I am betting that if they are all there rallying at the mall and an announcement is made that there are several incoming nuclear warheads, it will quickly become a conversion rally..

  71. june cero says:

    It takes a lot of faith to be an atheist…TFChesterfield

    1. espy says:

      Ain’t that the truth.

      “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? A man feels wet when he falls into water, because man is not a water animal: a fish would not feel wet. Of course, I could have given up my idea of justice by saying that it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too–for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies. Thus in the very act of trying to prove that God did not exist–in other words, that the whole of reality was senseless–I found I was forced to assume that one part of reality–namely my idea of justice–was full of sense. Consequently atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” CS Lewis

  72. atheism is a cult says:

    the religion , the cult of Atheism is as intolerant and bigoted and dangerous as an Occupy event

  73. SprocketHead says:

    Rally has now been changed to April 1st for all interested parties.

  74. JaneK says:

    How do we know it’s massive before it happens? Sounds like CBS is promoting this.

  75. Joe E in the IE says:

    Atheists proselytizing. Wotta world.

  76. MFB says:

    Atheists to me you people are fine if you are a non-believer, good that is your free will, and if. there is no God you shouldn,t have any prblem either that will show to all mankind how wise you all were . But if God ,Jaweh the Grand Architect or any way you name the Deity exist then your Science and your tepidity will not help you at all..

  77. Jak says:

    To believe that there is no God, you have to believe in God.

    1. J. Grant says:

      This is nonsense. You could also say “To believe that there is no purple magic sentient potato, you have to believe in a purple magic sentient potato.”

  78. duh_swami says:

    An atheist activist is just another activist…Why do theists have a burning desire to publicize their atheism?
    It would be better if they just went on with their lives and didn’t bother people…

  79. rightguard says:

    Thank God!

  80. Sam says:

    They sure put in a lot of effort to let people know they believe in nothing,have faith in nothing and have nothing much to say than to tell those of us who do we’re stupid because we’re not them. I think I’d rather go to church.

    1. farmerjulia says:

      We believe in reality and science. Try it sometime, you might just learn something.

  81. gary1111 says:

    this is refreshing I am so tired of politicians trying to appeal to the religious nuts.
    how many presidential candidates were told by god to run for office.
    Its ludicrous, I want my elected officials to actually solve problems and not rely on prayer to get the job done.

  82. ff says:

    Athiests are just as smug and intolerant of religious people as teh other way around.

  83. Austindufus says:

    I suppose they won’t do the Pledge of Allegiance, sing God Bless America and humns, have an opening prayer or benediction, etc. Just what will they do?

    1. Chris says:

      Each person there believes in a god; themselves. This is why our society is in such trouble…

  84. P.O.'d in Detroit says:

    “to dispel stereotypes, and to rally for legislative equality.”
    You mean the equality where 1 person stops a school football team from saying a prayer beforre a game, or the equality of 5 people in a town of 10,000 getting the city hall to remove a placque with the Ten Commandments ? Is that the “equality” these clowns want ?
    How about a dose of reality instead. We Christians outnumber you. We Jews outnumberr you. We Muslims outnumber you. YOU DON’T GET YOUR WAY ANYMORE !!!

  85. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    “For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.”
    – Henry Louis Mencken

    ————- http://911essentials.com

  86. Donna says:

    I hope there is a LIGHTNING STORM!!! Maybe then they will BELIEVE!!

    1. Dan says:

      Because a lightening storm…proves god exists? Really? is your god zeus god of thunder? or maybe thor? Lightning is a natural phenomenon on this planet, last time I checked. Science wins.

  87. Majestic One says:

    Supreme Court should be proud of the monster it has created in society.

  88. Austindufus says:

    The word is out that there will be a big Obama handout on the mall, more free stuff in case you missed out on food stamps, free cell phones and other goodies. C’mon folks, let’s go get some stuff. There might even be some free Bibles.

  89. CJB says:

    Many are called, few are chosen.

  90. Michelle says:

    But Atheism is a religion, contrary to their popular belief. They are the anti-religion religion. They believe in themselves, that they are superior in intellect and that anyone who believes in religion is an ignorant fool. They teach for doctrine the commandments of men, having a form of Godliness, but denying the power thereof. That scripture speaks squarely to the atheistic movement.

    1. Dan says:

      Atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position.

  91. Chris says:

    50K People tops

    They won’t even get close to the recent pro-God rally on 8/28/2010.

  92. CurtFrantz says:

    I see many posts here that refer to atheism as “negative belief”. That’s incorrect. “A” means “without” (as for example, “asymmetric” means “without symmetry”) and “theist” means “one with a belief in God(s)”. So an atheist is “one without a belief in god(s).” The absence of a belief is not itself a belief. There are people who say they are atheists who assert there is no god. Proving that negative—whether or not it is true—is a very difficult challenge. It is going beyond what it means to be an atheist. Generally people don’t spend time and energy on things about which they have no beliefs. A gathering of theists has a core belief in something supernatural. A gathering of atheists has a core belief in a natural world that is, at least potentially, understandable. There can be value in such a gathering, at least for the participants.

  93. mjkelly says:

    I do not believe in Atheists, therefore they can not possibly exist. How could “they” supposedly rally?

  94. aslannn says:

    I predict that attendees will number in the hundreds. It’s one thing not to believe in God. It’s another to believe that’s a reason for a rally.

  95. mojo says:

    This is really funny. No one hates atheists. And it’s even funnier when you consider it’s the Christians that are the most hated and hunted by the liberals and the mainstream media…not to mention hate groups such as the SPLC and the ACLU. This country has the Christians clinging to their guns and Bibles.

    1. Dale Sulley says:

      Amen,

      Clinging to my guns and faith!

    2. Eric says:

      No one hates atheists? Have you taken even a glance at the comments on this page?

  96. Jesus says:

    Aethiests are just Jews without the beanies.

  97. Mike says:

    I pray God will open up the ground and swallow up all the atheists, either way at the end of this earth age every knee shall bow to God and they will know that he exists

    1. Dale Sulley says:

      They are lost and full of pride.. Pray for the lost don’t condemn them.

    2. titus says:

      Must be your god of mercy you are referring to.

    3. Larry says:

      If god opened the ground and swallowed up the atheists..
      0.21% of the prison population would be gone.
      92% of the scientist population would be gone.
      Sounds like a lot of good would be done, huh?

      1. Right Is Wrong says:

        How Christian of you, Larry.

      2. Larry says:

        Ha, I’m an atheist! Sarcasm doesn’t come across well in text😦

  98. Jesus says:

    I’d be an atheist, but the holidays suck.

  99. carlmann says:

    “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” W.F. Buckley Jr.

  100. JamesG says:

    I bet this rally has less people at it than the Pro-Life March that happens every year in January. I also guarantee it will have far, far, far more coverage by the socialist media. There is no balance anymore.
    Who wants to be they will claim to have more attendees than were at Beck’s rally on the mall last year? Let’s see if they have the photos to prove it.

  101. michael says:

    I will be praying for all of them. That is all I can do as a man.

    1. Earl Eakin says:

      What will you accomplish with that?

  102. Jesus says:

    The fact that this rally is occurring on Good Friday speaks for itself.

    1. JustAGuy says:

      Sure does! Militant atheists won’t attack Islam. If they did, there might a few atheists with their heads carved off. So they go after the easy target, Christianity!

      1. Larry says:

        Fortunately, radical Islam isn’t the big problem in this country just yet. The problem is that we can’t be open with our beliefs without be ostracized by family, friends and coworkers. The purpose of the rally is to show that we aren’t all a bunch of manic criminals and that there are actually a lot of us. We’re getting awfully tired of the religious rhetoric in political debates taking focus over actual issues.

    2. Dee says:

      I won’t be there. I will be with my family and friends in joyful celebration of my faith that weekend.

  103. Wild Bill says:

    The media will use the Million Man March counting method. Count the number of folks plus reporters and vendors, multiply by ten, double that and report the number as the amount gathered so far.

  104. mikeMN says:

    So is the gathering of a group of people to celebrate the belief of non-belief a tax-exempt non-religion religion?

  105. Jesus says:

    Pyschologists believe that man has to have something greater than himself to believe in, for his mental health, and a belief in God is a deeply ingrained human trait for the good of societies and mankind.

    Therefore, Atheists are by definition insane.

    1. Wikipedia says:

      [citation needed]

  106. Roger Cain says:

    They’ll wish they had “believed” when they find themselves crying out from Hell. Sadly, it’s too late then.

    1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

      Wrong, Roger. It’s never to late until they die. If that occurs without them having established an eternal relationship with the real Messiah, Jesus–then that’s too late.

      1. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

        My apologies, Roger. I misread what you wrote. I fully agree with you.

  107. phreedm says:

    “Silverman stated, adding that despite his Republican affiliation”

    Hard to believe anything the president of AA will say, when he’s clearly not being honest with the above statement. Anyone who has followed AA through the past presidential election, knows Silverman is a dyed in the wool liberal.

  108. Steve says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  109. Paul says:

    Ezekiel 33:11 “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways…”

  110. CKAinRedStateUSA says:

    They could’ve gone en masse to the Democrat Party convention and saved lots of money and planning headaches.

  111. M T says:

    What is there to celebrate, or hold a big rally about? And, in what way are they discriminated against? Nobody cares if they are atheist or not, unless they want to work in a church.

    1. Archie Bunker says:

      That’s why this is all political. The timing with Obama’s attack on religion makes this more of the same: dividing the American people.

  112. Eric Gunther Oberhauser says:

    They will not be atheists much longer. Every knee shall bow and besides God does not believe in atheists.

  113. Mr. Cook says:

    Here is the true problem…There would not be a Bill of Rights or a Constitution for that matter without God…
    Our Forefathers knew that the laws of man were subjective. (That means that whoever is in power makes the rules.)

    They deemed our laws handed down from God…(because there is no one bigger)…That way our laws were founded on something bigger than the next dictator. This was for your equal protection…Your right to be Atheistic…or Christian…Now it you legilate from the stand point there is no God you have no Bill of Rights or Constitution.

  114. Nick Graham says:

    David Silverman’s approach to atheism is akin to Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell’s approach to Christianity, namely in looking down their nose at people who don’t follow their beliefs. As such, his chances of generating tolerance aren’t likely.

    For good entrainment, pull up The Daily Show’s utter dismantling of his publicity stunt lawsuit against the 9/11 “cross”

  115. Andrew says:

    God bless them! Hiyoooo!

  116. Rusty says:

    Atheist or not, if they are for less government, less spending, more personal responsibility, etc. I’ll march hand in hand with them.

  117. Publius says:

    There are no atheists in fox holes.

    1. Jason S. says:

      I’ve been near death a few times during my life. never once did I decide to turn to a 2000 year old man up in the sky with a long ass ZZ-Top beard and sandals to help me through it.

      Never will.

      1. Violet says:

        Maybe next time you can actually die and then come back to tell us that there is no God. Or maybe you will come back as a dog turd.

  118. tuu says:

    I am a Christian. You non-believers are rolling the dice that there is no God. There is no Hell. You are betting that you will not be punished for your “belief” and your actions. That your debauchery will go unnoticed and there is no payment for what you have lived.

    If you are wrong then you burn. Pain, suffering, gnashing of teeth and you will chew your own tongue to forget about all the other pain your body is in.

    If I am wrong, oh well, off to whatever.

    So I choose to believe and try and follow a Christian way of life, which means asking for forgiveness often.😉

    You are hoping you are right so you will not be burned. That is why you scream and yell the loudest, why you hate Christians, why you hate Christmas, Jesus, God and everything religious because it means you just might be wrong and you know where that will lead you. Yes, guilt and fear are tough emotions to live with. It is no wonder to me that most of you act the way you do. You try and convince yourself you are right because deep in your heart you are scared. If not now, on your death bed I bet you turn Christian real fast.

    1. think about it says:

      So you’re going with Pascal’s Wager, huh? Only problem with that theory is that god is all knowing, and he knows what is in your heart (supposedly). I’m not sure it counts if your siding with god because that is the smarter bet.

      Secondly, you are rolling the dice also. You’re betting that your christianity is the right religion. Your version of it. Out of all of the religions that do and have existed. The only difference between you and an atheist is the atheist believes in 1 less god than you do (out of the thousands).

      And the reason why atheists scream and yell about hating christians, christmas, etc. has nothing to do with guilt. It is because decisions at the highest levels are framed around a myth (in atheist eyes). Atheists are forced to live in a religous world that they find archaic.

      Secondly, the world is falling apart around us because of a complete sub-set of humans that are fighting about who has the better invisible man in the sky. AND the religous amongst us are ushering this in because they believe it is prophecied and the other side of the apocolypse is heaven for them. So who is making the big gamble here???

      This is why atheists group together. For reason. For thoughtful examination. For planning a futures based on fact. Not feelings. Not a belief system.

      whatever you believe is fine – until it affects the whole future of the planet and human species.

      1. Tom says:

        Very well said!!! You beat me to it and I’m glad you did as you are much more eloquent than me.

  119. resigned says:

    50 million atheists? That’s a lot of Obama votes. Get ready for the Bible burning mass rallies.

  120. stevena48 says:

    Millions of people around the world believe in hundreds of different gods just as fervently as any Christian does. But, .I’ve never heard of anyone who believes in every god. We are all atheists with respect to the other person’s god. The only difference between me and a Christian or any theist is that I don’t believe in any gods.

  121. 1marg says:

    Any bets the place will be a pig sty when the atheists leave? Did the headline refer to the “stronger” stench?

  122. cody says:

    They don’t believe in religion but still take off Christmas and Easter like the rest of us. I don’t see atheists walking up to their boss giving holiday money back from their paycheck or asking why they can’t work that day.

    1. Dan says:

      ummmmm…you’re dumb. I take a winter and spring break. Contrary to your belief, we atheists enjoy time off of our jobs. Did you ever wonder why xmas and easter fall on or around winter and spring solstice? The original pagan holidays?

      1. chuck says:

        if your going to use the name of a Christian Holy day, take the time to write out Christmas, not the anti-Christian xmas. I am fine with you, as an atheist, calling it winter/spring break, just never expect us Catholics and other Christians to call them such.

      2. Brian says:

        Chuck, Christians stole Christmas from the pagan winter solstice anyway, as they did with a great many other stories, Christianity is a mishmash of pagan,gnostic and ancient religions, all co-oped for your dogmatic brainwashing pleasure, peace

    2. Jason S. says:

      If our companies are closed how can we get in the building and work? Idiot.

  123. Pete says:

    Yeah, voices of reason !!!

  124. Jim Robertson says:

    Spread a little hopelessness around.

  125. The Doctor says:

    God does not believe in Atheists.

  126. F. Bacon says:

    Did a “Godless” rally there about 10 years ago. Don’t know whether I can afford to do it again.

  127. Chaumont20 says:

    Liberals and Progressives can’t believe in God because they think their the smartest beings in the Universe.

  128. jeanne says:

    Did anybody notice that the picture of similar rally did not identify what the rally was for?

  129. Cede Nullis says:

    Pretty funny the picture CBS shows is of the Glenn Beck Rally

    1. Jason S. says:

      You mean the Glenn Beck that likes dressing up as Atheist Thomas Payne?

  130. Leroy says:

    The issue that atheists have with the religious, is that the Constitution does not guarantee that they will not be exposed to religious beliefs. The religious typically live their religious beliefs, incorporating them into every day life to one extent or another. That right IS guaranteed in the Constitution.

  131. iSeeIt says:

    I sense a talking point among all the atheist comments. Just say you’re an atheist and a conservative/republican and that will really confuse the real conservatives/Christians.

  132. George says:

    Atheists are often disliked because they try to push their view down everyone else’s throat and essentially call anyone who does believe in religion a knuckledragger. Ultimately, the whole movement is based on a negative idea – ie: we don’t believe what others do. And 50 million people? Really? I know many people who call themselves atheists but who ultimately are really agnostic – they believe in something spiritual, just not in an organized religious way. Big difference…

  133. D Evans says:

    Take you (atheists) seriously? When you stop be demeaning mean spirited towards people of faith, then perhaps. Until then, no thank you. The irony is you “evangelize” your particular ‘faith’. And yes, this rally is purely political.

    1. Dwight says:

      Because Christians are so tolerant to members of other religions. Give me a break. I’m so sick of Christians complaining about how badly they’re persecuted, simply because they’re no longer 99% of the population.

  134. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    I guarantee you that this atheist march will get more press coverage than the march on Washington by the anti-abortion people that took place a few weeks back. The anti-abortion march received NO coverage in the media. The lack of press coverage is another example of how the media controls the message and subverts free speech and CBS is a big part of this manipulation.

  135. Justin says:

    Atheism-The religion of trying to prove another religion is wrong which is impossible! If you believe in God and there really isn’t a God when you die you won’t know any difference but will have hopefully led a good and just life. If you don’t believe in God and you die you burn in hell for eternity. That’s a no brainer. I choose to believe in God almighty and feel sorry for these people.

  136. mydogbill says:

    Nobody cares if you don’t believe in God. Do you think if you vote for a Christian he’s going to make it a law that you have to go to church on Sunday? Make you pray? Go have fun until you realize you have no hope.

  137. lukenev says:

    May the Heavenly Father bless and keep all of them..

  138. Leroy says:

    As long as people ‘cling to their Bibles and guns’, government cannot be the grantor of rights, and the people cannot be controlled by government. That is the true issue. It would be interesting to correlate the participation with pro-government, anti second amendment activists.

    1. Anita says:

      Science without religion is lame
      Religion without science is blind…………..Albert Einstein

      1. ScarletLetterA says:

        Albert Einstein did not believe in a personal god. When he referred to “God” and “religion,” he was referring to the wonder of the universe.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein%27s_religious_views

  139. SusieNJ says:

    Atheists are not the hated, they are the hatERS, trying to interfere with Christians minding their own business trying to exercise their freedom of religion.

    1. ScarletLetterA says:

      Anyone reading the 1,000 comments on this article would be a fool to not think that atheists are hated. And atheists are not trying to interfere with anyone’s freedom of (and/or from) religion; we simply would like the same respect extended to us. That is one of the reasons for this rally.

      1. chuck says:

        no anti(insert your least favorite group here) bias is more prevalent these days than anticatholic bias, except perhaps antichristian bias. By the way, I cannot wait for that to be proven wrong!

  140. forgiven says:

    The choice to rely on the saving grace of Jesus Christ and eternal life in His presence is just that…a choice, a choice we all are free to make. I choose to believe and have faith in my Heavenly Father. If you choose not to believe then that is your choice….a choice of eternal life or a choice of eternal death. You make your choice, the wages of sin is death. For God so loved the world He gave his only son, that whosoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life. I’ve made my choice, I choose LIFE!

  141. Bill E Bob says:

    While I don’t generally have a problem with atheists, I hate anti-Christians. Too many of them claim to be the former but feel quite compelled to behave like the latter.

    Gotta admit, though, for a bunch who tend to denigrate the intelligence of Christians, I find it funny that they don’t see themselves as having taken what some might see as the intellectual low-road. After all, how much brainpower does it take to not believe in something? Reconciling one’s beliefs with their life in the predominately secular world seems a lot more intellectually challenging to me.

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      Perpetual cognitive dissonance is not a virtue or a sign of advanced intelligence, which is what you are referring to as your challenge.

      If you want to be an armchair theologian, go ahead, What has theology ever contributed to the world? Not much of anything useful.

      1. chuck says:

        would you consider morality seful, or not?

      2. chuck says:

        would you consider morality useful, or not?

  142. Larry Killen says:

    What is offensive is the File Photo. That is from Glenn Beck’s Restore America March which was heavily Christian.

    1. ExNYer1995 says:

      I thought the same.

      Leave it to CBS, The “Shame-Free” Network.

  143. Hairy Wall says:

    Well it doesn’t really matter if it’s God’s work, or just purely evolution’s work. The point is we are gifted with better brains than our fellow primates (to date). Our founding fore fathers recognized this, and incorporated that understanding in the Constitution. They may have referred to God here and there,but by enlarge they were people of reason. Since the Greeks the exercise of reason has done more for the freedom of humankind than any religion. Free your mind, and your a.. will follow.

  144. lvh says:

    “Atheists maintain that arguments for the existence of God show insufficient reason to believe. Certain theists acknowledge that belief in the existence of God may not be amenable to demonstration or refutation, but rests on faith alone. Other religions, such as some sects of Buddhism, do not concern themselves with the question of the existence or non-existence of God at all. Psychological and sociological explanations for believing in the existence of God may point to a shared neurological and cultural framework for belief based on cognitive processes in the brain. ”
    What ever the heck this means.🙂

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      It means that we are pattern seeking animals that look for causes where there may be none. And we tend to form groups for protection and community based around possibly nonsensical beliefs because it protects us and provides benefits of association. Is that more clear?

  145. dutch says:

    Atheism is a religion. They hold rallies, they assemble in buildings church style so as to mimic religous institutions of helping each other. The only place where they are largely absent is helping the world’s impoverished, and atheists like various religions know they are right. The end of any religion like atheism and Islam will go with great turmoil. Science and religion are converging and no atheist will be able to stop it. Einstein was a theist, not an atheist – he knew.

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      Check this out – We are beating the Christians by far.

      http://www.kiva.org/team/atheists

    2. Larry says:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wealthiest_charitable_foundations
      90% of that organizations on that list are secular. Religious bigots that believe secularists and non-religious types don’t care about humanity need to take off their blindfolds and actually inform themselves.

    3. ScarletLetterA says:

      Atheism is not a religion any more than not collecting stamps is a hobby.

      And Einstein neither identified as a theist or an atheist, but he did not believe in a personal god. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein%27s_religious_views

      1. ScarletLetterA says:

        *nor an atheist, not “or an atheist”🙂

  146. Carl LeGrice says:

    Yes, you can be a conservative and an atheist (and I’ve got the .45 to prove it).
    One of the good things about being an atheist is NOT having to go to meetings. But I support the rally because it might get a few more people to actually see that more and more everyday people are shaking off the chains of superstition and ignorance and doing just fine, thank you. I became an atheist at age 14 after reading the Bible, cover to cover, and deciding that the God portrayed within it was a sadistic monster. How many “good Christians” out there have read the whole thing, not just the happy bits you are spoon fed on Sundays? You can be loving, law abiding and productive without the dubious “guidance” of a set of rules cobbled together over a thousand years ago.

  147. RobertT says:

    “Separation of Church and State”, is only a singular interpretation of the constitution, given that, there is a difference between separation and exclusion. There is a term for a minority enforcing a belief(or non-belief) system on a majority.

  148. t ray says:

    Psalm 14:1 ” A FOOL says in his heart there is no God”

    1. I've Actually read the Bible says:

      Yeah, Bible verses sure are fun!

      Deuteronomy 2:34
      “We conquered all his towns and completely destroyed everyone–men, women, and children. Not a single person was spared.”

      sure sounds like a kind and loving God to me

  149. San Diego Steve says:

    I am puzzled. All of these people are going to Washington to have a huge rally about….nothing?

  150. San Diego Steve says:

    What will they do next? Will they come to my Church to burn it down? Why are these people having a huge rally protesting my freedom to worship as I choose? I have not interfered with any of their constitutional rights. Finally, what is it that bothers them so much about the idea of a supreme being? If they have no belief or faith, why are they concerned about those who do?

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      Have you been watching the news lately? Seriously? Constitutional rights aren’t being infringed on? Really? We should keep our legs closed and get back in the kitchen because it’s God’s way? See I can write a whole bunch of rhetorical questions in a row too.🙂

  151. Michael says:

    Even though I am a devout Christian, if someone wants to be an Atheist, that is fine with me. Basically, I simply want to practice my Christian beliefs without interference from Atheists; however, it seems that contemporary Atheists want to interfer with my beliefs. If I don’t accept Atheism, that somehow makes me a hater. Just remember, That without God anything is possible.

  152. William Cowling says:

    HAVING WORKED IN THE PSYCHIATRY PROFESSION FOR SOME 40 YEARS I FIND IT MOST INTERESTING TO FIND MY CLIENTEL OF 2,289 INDIVIDUALS CONSISTS OF: 82% ATHEISTS, 2% SATANISTS, 12% AGNOSTICS, AND 4% CULT MEMBERS. THE FIRST TWO CATEGORIES OF MY CLIENTEL REPRESENT: 98% OF THE ALL: MURDERERS, RAPISTS, ARSONISTS, PEDOPHILES, TRANSGENDERED, GAYS, CREATING AN ASTOUNDING 102 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS THROUGH: ID THEFT, EXTORTION, BRIBERY, STD TRANSMITTANCE, PROPERTY DAMAGE, DRUG CAUSED DEATHS, AND SUICIDES! THESE PEOPLE ARE MARCHING FOR THE RIGHT TO ENSLAVE THE 99% THAT HAVE TO PAY FOR HIGHER TAXES FOR A LARGER POLICE FORCE, MORE PRISONS, MORE COUNSELORS, LARGER MEDICAL PROGRAMS, AND MORE HIGH TECH SURVEILLANCE TO TRACK THEIR IRRIESPONSIBLE STUPIDITY!! any questions?

    1. The Jimmy Z Show says:

      Amazing comment.

    2. Jesus H says:

      Cruise control for cool!

    3. Dan says:

      you need to turn caps lock off, gramps.

  153. Leisa says:

    If atheists don’t believe there is a God, then what are they so upset about? It isn’t really that they don’t believe, but that they refuse to bow. People call Christians hypocrites, but really those who say they don’t believe are hypocrites. Why not just be honest and say, “I believe but I refuse to give up my idol of self.”?

    1. The Jimmy Z Show says:

      Insightful. Well done.

    2. Michael K says:

      I don’t believe in God and I’m not upset. I don’t think bowing is good. I accept what evidence supports, in everything. No evidence = no acceptance.

    3. Fortitude_77 says:

      Can’t worship something that I can’t respect. Can’t do it. And furthermore, I can’t fear something I have no evidence for. I might as easily fear the bogey man.

      1. nifongnation says:

        You must be referring to Obama.

  154. Look Both Ways B4 crossing says:

    Funny thing. Even being an atheist requires faith. So by that fact atheism is a religion of sorts.

  155. William Cowling says:

    HAVING WORKED IN THE PSYCHIATRY PROFESSION FOR SOME 40 YEARS I FIND IT MOST INTERESTING TO FIND MY CLIENTEL OF 2,289 INDIVIDUALS CONSISTS OF: 82% ATHEISTS, 2% SATANISTS, 12% AGNOSTICS, AND 4% CULT MEMBERS. THE FIRST TWO CATEGORIES OF MY CLIENTEL REPRESENT: 98% OF THE ALL: MURDERERS, RAPISTS, ARSONISTS, PEDOPHILES, TRANSGENDERED, GAYS, CREATING AN ASTOUNDING 102 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS THROUGH: ID THEFT, EXTORTION, BRIBERY, STD TRANSMITTANCE, PROPERTY DAMAGE, DRUG CAUSED DEATHS, AND SUICIDES! THESE PEOPLE ARE MARCHING FOR THE RIGHT TO ENSLAVE THE 99% THAT HAVE TO PAY FOR HIGHER TAXES FOR A LARGER POLICE FORCE, MORE PRISONS, MORE COUNSELORS, LARGER MEDICAL PROGRAMS, AND MORE HIGH TECH SURVEILLANCE TO TRACK THEIR IRRIESPONSIBLE STUPIDITY!! any questions?

  156. Redford says:

    Well, I guess they need something to believe in.

  157. Leisa says:

    Earl,
    Your arguments will not hold up when you stand before Jesus Christ on judgment day. And you will. “For it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)…You can rally the whole world behind your arguments, but you will answer to Christ one day. I hope you repent before that day.

  158. Ed Simple says:

    As usual, CBS leads with a bogus photo to support its story, completely disingenuous but that’s to be expected of boys and girls who spent 4 years to write at an 8th grade level.

    Anyway, may G*d bless the atheists with a lovely day.

  159. Jobo says:

    Thousands? And this makes news? More than 300,000 marched in the Pro Life Rally just 3 weeks ago, and the media (except for EWTN) was silent.

  160. Rocky says:

    There are no true atheists in the world. If they didn’t believe in anything, they wouldn’t be having a get together.
    They really act like more of a cult than anything
    Atheism has already been ruled a religion in a US Court of Law..
    Hitler was a so called atheist that hated Christians as much as Jews.
    Being that atheists have no belief in God and the rights blessed upon Americans in the Bill of Rights and Constitution are God given rights.
    Atheists have no rights in America. Therefore, this atheist jamboree is an unlawful assembly and illegal. See how easy that was.
    Try asking these bright individuals what Keynesian Economics is all about?
    The phonies should be able to twist it the same as the Fascist oriented liberals do !

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      Hitler was a baptized Catholic. Nice try.

  161. Jobo says:

    And this makes news? More than 300,000 marched in the Pro Life Rally just 3 weeks ago, and the media (except for EWTN) was silent.

  162. Rose says:

    Cognitive Dissonance is the operative word here.

  163. Paul Peters says:

    How can there be 40 to 50 million atheists in the United States if 88% of Americans according to Gallup self-identify as Christians? Sorry, the numbers don’t jive.

    1. RogerCfromSD says:

      Exactly. According to polls, Atheists constitute a fraction of the populace. Not even a sizable minority.

  164. B. Leif says:

    I don’t have as much FAITH in the success of their rally as do the atheists.

  165. Jimbeau says:

    I has always seemed to me that the God described to me in Sunday School, if He existed, would be self-evident, and impossible not to believe in. He should not be able to hide from us, but He is nowhere to be seen. If God exists as He is constantly described by believers, there should be no way to doubt it. But doubt is in the mind of all but the insane. God is nowhere to be seen, though millions call out to Him every minute. Believers have to constantly reassure themselves that God is there, and often become emotionally vulnerable if anyone voices doubt, or disbelief. Why should that be, if God is self-evidently real? The truth is that it is self-evident that God is just an act of self-delusion on the part of believers. Once you realize that the doubt is where the truth resides, it becomes impossible to believe anymore.

  166. Rose says:

    Atheist preach natural law, which is actually the worship of Baal

  167. Joe Bidenn says:

    98% of journalists have never been to Mass. Hell will be full of journalists.

  168. Robert Tobin says:

    There is no God, so stop worrying.

  169. torchesandpitchforks says:

    I hope they pray for nice weather.

  170. A Christian says:

    Just wondering………if a million athesits rallying at the National Mall suddenly knew a meteor was heading their way ENSURING their certain deaths, HOW MANY ATHESTISTS would still be there????? JUST WONDERING.

  171. dave says:

    Nothing like making a public display of your ignorance, hope the hotdog stands do a lot of business at least. LOL

  172. Mike says:

    I have a hard tiime beleive that 50Million people living int he US do not believe in God. That would be about 1 in 6. San Fransico does not have that many people.

    1. The Jimmy Z Show says:

      You are right. The number is about 6%, or about 6 in 100.

  173. tubaman says:

    I feel sorry for them because they have no hope and are doomed because of their lack of faith.They are going to reap the whirl wind soon .This world system is about over.

  174. Jimbo says:

    Will it be a massive rally? Or will the MFM declare it to be so without offering proof?

    It must be hard to be a journalist this days. We, the people, don’t trust journalist as we used to.

  175. iamfuryus says:

    There is no such thing as an atheist, God denier is a better description, truth denier even more accurate.You truth deniers should be perfectly happy if at the end of physical life you discover that for all eternity you get what you so fervently seek here on earth, eternity without God. If you really desire that freeing sense you espouse I suggest you find the darkest place you can and start screaming over and over again there is no God. As for those who think they win the “proof” argument because reason is on their side think again. Faith completes reason and is demanded concerning Jesus.You have the absolute right to choose God or deny Him, choose wisely.

  176. John says:

    “…we want to put many faces to [atheism], so people will understand us better and tolerate us more.”

    Tolerance? YOU want tolerance when every other word out of your mouths ridicules religion and demands that it stay out of public square. You want tolerance, then tolerate the religious. They don’t demand you adopt religion but you demand that they not mention religion in public.

  177. Steve says:

    I don’t know why that guy in the article thinks they’re hated…. I can’t think of anyone who hates Atheists. They’re sort of a non-issue.

  178. Tex Taylor says:

    You know the most visible problem with atheism, besides the obvious can’t see the forest for the trees?

    These atheists speak of their “evolving”. But evolving into what? Nothingness? It’s a bankrupt philosophy that has led throughout history to tyranny. Look at the 20th century? Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, KIm Jong Il. How about Karl Marx? The record couldn’t be more clear the failure of atheism and what follows.

    What has atheism inspired? What beauty, what music, what art, what good works? What nation of atheists can claim any lasting positive effect? Vietnam? North Korea? Communist China? Soviet Republic? All accompanied by futility and death – tyranny and despotism.

    I suppose they find real logic and reason in believing they are glorified apes. Doesn’t seem to be much fulfilling to me.

    1. Michael K says:

      “tyranny and despotism” – bow down to me, worship me or suffer my wrath.

      Sound familiar?

      Your concept of evolution is a little shallow. Go back about 4 billion years, not just the 20th century. Nature and natural selection is beautiful. Read books and ask questions, it is enlightning.

      1. Tex Taylor says:

        Yes, bow down to me. Reads like Mao. Reads like Stalin. Both good atheists.

        I noticed you didn’t make the attempt to answer my charges. That’s okay, because you’re not capable – and you’re not alone. Nobody else will be able to at the Nothingness Protest either.

        But at least you could have made the attempt to show me your atheistic good works. Surely, you can do something as simple as that.

        As to my shallowness of evolution, I’m betting my trip to med school would trump your credential. So…why go back 4,000,000,000 years which is sheer speculation, when you’re not capable of discerning even the last 50 years as observed and measured, rube?

      2. Brian says:

        you made two ad homi-nem attacks,first that mao and stalin were atheist and Mao and stalin were bad therefore atheist are bad, an obvious logical fallacy, and that you have to be smart to be a doctor and you are going to med school ,therefore you must be smart, an obvious fallacious argument, though you may be smart, one must use reason and objectivity as a method of validating information regarding the big questions ,for once we give up reason for faith there is no end to what the insidious control freaks will have us believe, religious dogma is simply a means to control the feeble minded with invisible chains, break free the universe is far more glorious than anything ever written in a book,if god had a language I doubt we would understand it anyway,sorry for ranting, peace

    2. Eric says:

      “what art, what good works?”

      Star Trek.

  179. Rufus Leekyn says:

    Atheists believe that what you call “sin” exists because of nature and nurture, People act the way they do based on their surroundings and the environments that they grow up in.

    Christians believe “sin” exists because a woman that was made out of a rib ate a piece of fruit because a talking snake told her to.

    Which one sounds more reasonable? Religion is ludicrous and has no place in modern society. Wake up morons! Grown ups shouldn’t believe in magic and fairy tales

    1. Tex Taylor says:

      Grown ups shouldn’t believe in magic and fairy tales

      ———–

      Yeah, like all those fools who called our rights “endowed by our Creator.” Good point, Rufus. You’ve convinced me I should have been listening to you when I was foolishly following those old, white guys who penned the Declaration of Independence.

      I cede your point.

  180. whoswatchingme says:

    Well, God bless the atheists and their misguided ways. ‘Tis sad, really.

  181. RogerCfromSD says:

    We have Freedom OF Religion, not FROM it. Sorry. Also, to invalidate the belief in Natural Rights means atheists seek to empower government to be able to take away rights.

    For that reason, I would never vote for an atheist.

    1. The Future says:

      you are correct. it is the carrying card of evil progressives. they say it is to give them rights, but it is really to eliminate all other viewpoints.

  182. evelyn says:

    Oh lord,, I would get caught up, but then again the rapture is not here

  183. DirtyDave777 says:

    No they are going there to promote their State sponsored Religion of No Religion.
    The Joys of Being PC

  184. Bill says:

    Isn’t it the whole ‘getting together and asserting yourself’ thing that atheists despise about religious folks in the first place? How religious people shove their beliefs down others throats? This is extremely ironic and frankly, unintelligent.

  185. mia says:

    Let’s have a rally to promote, uh….. disbelief.

    “What are we here for? — Nothing”

    “What do we believe in? — Ourselves”

    Classic.

  186. Christian says:

    It’s not that atheists don’t believe in a god. It’s just that the god they worship is themselves.

  187. The Future says:

    Dear Atheists, unfortunately your choice of non-belief in GOD doesn’t mean you believe in nothing. In reality, you are worshipers of satan. You don’t practice devil worship like sacrificing a pig or drinking blood, but to not believe in GOD means you are in the corner of satan. Let me help you out. GOD IS REAL. You can deny it. You can chastise me for making that profound statement, but the REALITY is, HE does exist. I am not a Bible Thumpimg person which would get in your face. I let you live your lives the way you wish. Yet, the REALITY is, is that this life is a short, pit stop to something you (I) can not comprehend. I am humbled and grateful that HE has allowed me to realize the truth. It is enlightening and makes life much easier to deal with.

  188. Christian says:

    youtube “I went to hell”. Or, for a lighter take, try “I went to heaven”.

  189. Dan L says:

    What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED [k]THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

    19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel [l]for honorable use and another [m]for common use? 22 [n]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

  190. stacie says:

    blah blah blah, go to hell – LoL!!!!!!

  191. Mike in Missouri says:

    Without God, there would be no atheists.

    1. Mr. Morris says:

      If there is a God then why did he make me an atheist?

      1. Tex Taylor says:

        He didn’t. You did. You chose to make atheism your own pet religion, under the precepts of free will, required for true love.

  192. The Future says:

    Here are FACTS that can NOT be denied. Atheism is illogical since there is no reason to live if you do not believe this life is a pit stop. For if you believe there is nothing after this life, then there is no reason to live. Therefore, you should commit suicide because there is no purpose to your being. You are just wasting resources. Second, you should become sterile. You should not breed because there is no use continuing the human species if there is no reason to live. THird, the greatest proclaiimed atheists were: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh, Idi Amin, Tito and many more peaceful, humanists. They killed more people during the 20th century than the prior 20 centuries of so called “religious” murders combined. Fourth, iit is logical to conclude that atheism is evil, immoral and a mental disorder. The treatment is self imposed suicide since there is no rationale for an atheist to continue living.

  193. kris says:

    Do you really want to believe that there’s no God and have to face the omnipotent God creator of everything? I’m a Christian but the thought of me standing there and answering how I lived my life is very frightening. I’d rather believe that God exists and obey him to know that there’s a better life than this one then live my life knowing there’s no hope and the thought that I could go to hell.

  194. GFY says:

    I’s good to know that a whole bunch a people who share a belief in Non(belief)’ will get together a petion the Govt. to do a Non(Something Big) in a Non (non-viloent way) with their non (firends) who they non(love) and could 100% Non(count on) when the going gets tough. Just like soldiers in a Fox Hole. Soon they will spread their Non(belief) by Non(faith) by knocking on peoples door to share Nothing.

  195. Mike says:

    There is only ONE GOD his name is Jesus if you reject him you will burn forever in HELL. Forever

  196. Mark says:

    What orifice did he pull that 40-50 million atheists in the US number out of? I highly doubt more than 3% of the population is atheist at best. If only your ilk would wake up and realize that you are part of God (as is everything in this physical universe) and that you don’t have to subscribe to ANY religion, you would find a new peace
    that would make your cold material based existence pale in comparison.

  197. Bob says:

    “There are more atheists in the country right now than Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists combined and doubled – that’s a lot of people, and we are the most hated ”
    Siverman/ atheists = DELUSIONAL.

  198. Les says:

    Try praying and see if you still are on non-believer. Jesus Christ will not be mocked. His Father is insulted by your arrogance and hardened hearts. I know for a fact He exists, and all it takes is humility and a readiness to become a follower of Christ. Atheisim is people thinking of only themselves because you put youself above all things including your creator of whom you have yet to discover.

  199. Brian says:

    you can either be conquered by reason or by faith,the two are not reconcilable, it’s either truth or delusion, , the evidence for theories of existence must be validated with logical objectivity, maybe the christian god does exist? more material evidence required for me personally, I’ll put forth a theory, all that ever was in the universe was a singular body and consciousness , this left a void for multiplicity ,so voids tend to be filled eventually, the big bang happened, this was likely the only decision that “god” ever made , the rest is all chance, that’s why the universe is so large, because it has to be to satisfy the statistical probability that life will happen spontaneously, so the process began, every thing is “god”,there is no judgement, we are in summary court in perpetual session, we simply do what is in our nature to do and only think we make choices, I think if you rewound your life like a spring and let it go, it would play out exactly like it did the first time, it really could have gone only one way, when we die we die till the universe dies and then we may return to the singularity again , then we do it all over again, this may be the fist go around or it could be the billionth , peace and love friends.

  200. bill.1942 says:

    I wouldn’t want to be close to the place when the lightning strikes start.

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      Didn’t you hear? God likes atheists. He even made it rain during their conference in Texas last fall, after much state prayer for rain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Prayer_for_Rain_in_the_State_of_Texas

  201. exposeevil says:

    Only thing a Atheist is He or She hates God.So its really a rally of God haters.We Born again believers will be there with our signs and banners
    Psalms 20:5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

  202. Newscynic says:

    I disagree that Non-theists are the most hated people in America. However, when men like Harris and Dawkins suggest that belief in God is a mental illness and that raising children to believe in God is a form of child abuse and perhaps the children of Christians should be taken away from them – that surprisingly doesn’t make them seem reasonable to many people. Some would even fear such people ever holding any real power. When Christians were the majority for the first 200+ years of American history we had freedom of thought, speech, and religion – if this ilk gains a majority I seriously doubt they would maintain the freedoms we have long enjoyed.

  203. unimpressed says:

    I wounder what rally the photo used in this story is? Looks like the March for Life rally to me. How interesting. I’ll bet there are less than 1000 people at the “we believe everything came from nothing” rally.

  204. exposeevil says:

    All this atheist rally is is a bunch of God haters trying to make each other feel better about going to hell and burn forever…forever is a long time to be wrong especially in hell when they realize I am here forever and no way out

  205. Sara says:

    Conversion Prayer: From the Diary of Saint Faustina 186-187

    Today Jesus said to me, I desire that you know more profoundly the love that burns in My Heart for souls, and you will understand this when you meditate upon My Passion. Call upon My mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation. When you say this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer:

    “O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in you”.

  206. Chris says:

    church for the churchless?

  207. Chauncey FREEMAN says:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” –The First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America.

    What part of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” (constraint against congress from meddling with religion) “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,” (including religious speech) “or of the press; (including religious press) “or of the right of the people (including religious people) to peaceably assemble,” doesn’t the anti-religious bigots get?

    It is a good thing that the anti-Christian bigots and anti-Semites will all gather together to finally show America who they are and to whom their allegiance lies.

    The extreme left-wing (formerly known as the democrat party) in America will come out of the shadows and show us who’s books not to buy, who’s products not to buy, who’s movies not to see, who’s crooked and self-serving charities not to support and whom to pity for their apostasy.

    Can you imagine how the “freedom from religion” that the neo-fascist “atheists” propose will be carried out? The anti-god Marxist “intellectuals” Moa Tse Tung, Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Kin Jung Il, Castro and Che Guevara already carried out John Lennon’s “Imagine no religion” and 200 Million human beings were starved to death, were tortured and/or murdered when power was entrusted to those who do not believe in a power greater than the state. 200 Million in the 20th Century alone.

    The only thing that will protect us from greater genocide at the hands of merciless atheists is education beginning with the blue print of human freedom the Holy Bible. The only problem is that the neo-Marxist censors have already banned and burned the Bible.

    How much would you like to bet that you will not hear a single soldier of Satan denounce the Jews nor Muslims by name due to the special status they hold as minorities? You will not have to listen closely though to hear the god haters name the god they hate and that is Jesus, the only “prophet” who claimed to be and is in fact the Very True God known as Emmanuel or “God With Us”. The narcissistic neo-liberals despise Jesus since his Gospel liberates minds from tyranny and prohibits its followers from bowing to dictators and despots.

    It is remarkable that more than 2,000 years later the bloodthirsty mobs STILL have no king but Caesar.

    Thank the arrogant and minute minority known as “atheists” for their coming out party. They will have awakened a sleeping giant who has been sleeping far too long.

    “It is impossible to enslave, mentally or socially, a bible-reading people. The principles of the bible are the groundwork of human freedom.”
    ― Horace Greeley

  208. exposeevil says:

    Psalms 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

    Psalms 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

  209. Willy B says:

    I am not aware of any hate directed a atheists. Did I miss something?

    I see atheists spouting insults when nobody asked them in the first place.

    Would someone please cite me an instance of any violence toward atheists? Does anybody even give a rat what they think?

  210. gary m says:

    All you so called theologians explain this to me…
    The ‘J’ Didn’t Exist

    One of the most obvious reasons that “Jesus” and “Jehovah” are incorrect is found in their common initial letter, J. Most comprehensive dictionaries and encyclopedias demonstrate that the letter J is of recent derivation. The Encyclopedia Americana contains the following on the J:

    The form of J was unknown in any alphabet until the 14th century. Either symbol (J,I) used initially generally had the consonantal sound of Y as in year. Gradually, the two symbols (J,l) were differentiated, the J usually acquiring consonantal force and thus becoming regarded as a consonant, and the I becoming a vowel. It was not until 1630 that the differentiation became general in England. http://www.remnantofyhwh.com/Backup%20of%20No%20J%20in%20Hebrew.htm

  211. A Theist says:

    Psalm 2

    1 Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    2 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
    3 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”
    4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.

    Psalm 14

    1 The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”

  212. trainman55 says:

    What’s the chance that BOTH OF THEM will show up?

  213. gary m says:

    The ‘J’ Didn’t Exist

    One of the most obvious reasons that “Jesus” and “Jehovah” are incorrect is found in their common initial letter, J. Most comprehensive dictionaries and encyclopedias demonstrate that the letter J is of recent derivation. The Encyclopedia Americana contains the following on the J:
    Some theologian explain this to me..I have a copy of The Torah, the original 5 books of Moses..

    The form of J was unknown in any alphabet until the 14th century. Either symbol (J,I) used initially generally had the consonantal sound of Y as in year. Gradually, the two symbols (J,l) were differentiated, the J usually acquiring consonantal force and thus becoming regarded as a consonant, and the I becoming a vowel. It was not until 1630 that the differentiation became general in England. http://www.remnantofyhwh.com/Backup%20of%20No%20J%20in%20Hebrew.htm

  214. The Bible was Written by People says:

    As an atheist, I hate God as much as Christians hate unicorns. Get the analogy?
    I have no problem with God, it’s his fan club I can’t stand.

    And to the Christians saying we’re comforting each other from burning in hell forever…we’re about as scared of that as the bogeyman. If your God is so concerned about me kissing his ass that he’ll condemn me to an eternity of suffering despite a lifetime of good works, he’s got a serious problem with his ego.

  215. exposeevil says:

    Atheist says to Christian I believe there is no God… Christian looks at him and smiles shakes his head in unbelief..Atheist says I swear to god I am telling you the truth

  216. Rob says:

    Atheism is most certainly a faith and it has a creation story, evolution. The fact is the story does not hold up to scientific inquiry on several levels, levels of challenge the vast majority of them couldn’t even begin to define much less argue intelligently against. The reality is that this creation mythology best proposed by a 19th century man who knew absolutely nothing of microbiology as it is known today. Darwin would argue his theory is fatally flawed if he were alive now. Read him and you’ll possibly understand he provided the matches which could burn down his theory at some point beyond his time. That time has come but the priesthood of this new faith is very strong and closed minded in their censorship of critiques opposing Darwin..

    At any rate, the so called scientific minds of most of these atheists are so shallow on the subject of the irreconcilable challenges, or science in general, that they have no comprehension of how similar they are in their blind faith as the priesthood was that condemned Copernicus. Crick, himself, dismissed Darwinian theory along with religious creation belief. The vast majority of atheists don’t know of him or Watson, nor could they identify the four basic proteins of DNA if their life depended upon it. To be ignorant of the basics and simultaneously feel all superior scientific-like should be a modern day dictionary definition for stupid, or perhaps “super-superior stupid”.

    1. Brian says:

      of the 480000 scientist in the USA working in relevant fields , such as earth and life sciences only about 700 believe in creation theory, that’s less than .15 %(1991 Gallup poll), evolution is one of the most strongly supported theories in all of science and is nowhere near a theory in crisis, the only theory in crisis is biblical theory I’m sorry to say friend , simply for a lack of objective evidence, peace

  217. mike says:

    nothing + chance = everything, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist!

  218. Limbo says:

    I wonder where Silverman comes up with those numbers. 50 million atheists in the United States? That’s laughable. Polling has consistently put the percentage at around 3 percent and that’s been remarkably stable over time. That would be around 10 million.
    So that’s 10 million people who believe life started when lightning struck a mud puddle or some such other nonsense. They trade a belief in a Deity for a belief in the power of randomness to create all the beauty and order we see around us. Crazy.

    1. titus says:

      The very reason why US was created as a republic. Did not suppose to have been a number game and the rule of the mob. Now it is.

  219. Mrs. Biddles says:

    My hope is in Jesus Christ. What does an atheist put his/her hope in? I really would like to know their basis and source for hope in this crazy world.

    1. Brian says:

      hope makes a nice breakfast but a lousy supper, look what humans have accomplished all by themselves, take some credit, don’t just think if something good happens it must be divine intervention and when something bad happens it’s because of sin, peace and love

  220. JandJ says:

    Atheists will quickly be sucked into the growing new age occult global reilgion esp. after a major UFO satanic event….they’ve been prepped to do so by reading and watching religious science fiction.

  221. Shawn says:

    I say fly over and drop a giant water balloon followed up shouting out Baptized at all of them..

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      And it will be just as effective and life-altering as my first baptism, which is to say NOT AT ALL.

  222. Wideawake says:

    I was a astrologer for 30 years and into all the new Age mumbo jumbo, until 2008…Me and my atheist husband are Christians now, because we experienced demonic attacks and witnessed them obey the name of Jesus Christ. Now I am a avid reader and student of the bible….The bible is the most supernatural book I ever read….took me awhile to understand it. I am happy to be a Christian. Dont know if you are a new ager or a evolutionist…either way its all bunk…Ill give someone a billion years to mate rabbits and when it turns into a dog, or a cat, or a monkey I’ll eat my words…God Bless!

  223. suzy q says:

    Not only do these people on here sound bitter & angry& lost-can you imagine what a wasted life they live!!! With idols like Bill Maher- why shouldn’t we grant them their rally-FOOLS they will make of themselves-I’m already picturing what they look like and laughing now.Maybe we shouldthelp them end their miserable lives. Spiked kool-aid for the rally?????????? Can’t imagine being a wife, husband, neighbor or friend?? of 1 of these people-what must they talk about? I’ll bet it’s delightful

    These are only occupiers “in disguise” ploy by media matters/Obama/msm

    AGREED- PAID disguised lefto OWP’ers

  224. titus says:

    Seems to be a subject of great controversy. Why? It is a bit like abortion or suicide. If you don’t like it don’t have it. So much effort to persuade others one way or another. There is more persuasion on the religious side; naturally they have a lot more franchises out there AND much more to loose. (financially). Their major problem is NOT that of to believe in god or not, but which one to believe in. History has known some 10,000 of them thus far.

  225. Herb Soup says:

    Why does it bother atheists that people believe in God?

  226. titus says:

    My old man had it right: “Son, religion is a philosophy and the church is a institution. I have no use for either.”

  227. Jimbo says:

    Imagine if you a have group of anti-Christs [atheists] massed at a given site and an occurrence of biblical proportions engulfed this mass of non-believers and made them disappear in a blink of the eye.

    Example, an earthquake or volcano eruption in the Azores or Canary Islands creates a Tsunami that comes up Chesapeake and Potomac.

    God could make this scenario occur if he wants to.

    1. Fortitude_77 says:

      Perhaps we would take that as a sign of God’s existence, which up to this point has been very much less than obvious. If I could go, I would.

      Did you know that when the state of Texas prayed for rain they didn’t get it. But when the atheists had a conference in Texas in the fall, it finally started raining. Either that’s chance, or God approves of atheists. Either way, I’m content.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_of_Prayer_for_Rain_in_the_State_of_Texas

    2. Brian says:

      repent, you have hatred in your heart, just kidding ,do what’s in your nature to do, nothing matters but love, peace from an athiest

  228. Jimbo says:

    Baldy,
    Obama is small potatoes. I was going to say small peanuts.

  229. matti says:

    Hehe Americans are so stupid. 80% believe in angels LOL.

  230. Chris says:

    Christians have about as much intelligences as a box of rocks it they truly believe that a MAN is the son of the “creator” of the Universe, or should I say, is the “creator” of the Universe.

  231. Lynne says:

    There are way too many sheep in here. To all those sheep I would like to say: Atheism is NOT a religion. There is no faith involved in it. What of people that grew up never even hearing of God? They are without religion, there’s no faith in that. Atheists do not have to disprove God, it falls upon the believers to prove it. The bible is NOT proof. If books were proof of truths, then Stephen King would have us all in one hell of a scary world. God is MAN-MADE… ALL the gods were. Or do you people believe in Zeus, Hades and Poseidon too?

    To those that don’t think Atheists have morals, values, constraints and repercussions: WE DO… our consequences are here on earth while we’re alive; we do the right thing because it’s right, not for fear of hell or a reward in heaven.

    I’m not asking anyone to become Atheist, I don’t care what you choose to believe in… just keep it away from me and out of the government. I don’t even mind teaching religions in school… as long as ALL the religions are taught. Not just Christianity, but also Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, etc and all of the ancient mythologies as well. I think our children should be informed and free to choose which religion (if any) they want to follow.

  232. Rudy Young says:

    OldDog
    If this Jesus guy came back tomorrow looking like Dennis Rodman and not the white man that Christanity protrays him as and has a Socialist political agender, who do you think will crucify him ? His followers, the most raciest, hatefull, ungodly people on earth, the Christian’s. The biggest crimes in written history have been comitted by his followers. Where ever the white man went with his cross and bible also came, raceisem, intolerence, rape, murder, theif, slavery and in some cases genocide..
    Would this Jesus fellow, pratice or approve of Capitalism ?

    1. Jimbo says:

      Good Rudy, painting the Almighty into a Human box. In Genesis “God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, …. which refers to the Trinity, the Almighty [The Creator], the Savior Redeemer [Christ Jesus], and the Word [Holy Spirit].

      BTW if you really want to blow your mind. God’s name/persona is “I AM” which means God’s existence is all at once; our past, our present, and our future.

  233. Steve says:

    Gosh, with all those atheists saying that there is no god, I guess they are all saying that the prophet Muhammed did not receive his messages from allah. That would make Muhammed look real bad. Like maybe he did not tell the truth or something.
    I wouldn’t want to be gathered with any of those atheists, anywhere.

  234. Echo says:

    “Not going there to complain”? Yeah, right. I’ll take getting talked at by a bible thumper any day over listening to these bitter whiners go on and on about how right they are.

  235. Tim says:

    I’m betting they trash the place like the occupy protesters and those who showed up for Obama’s inauguration. But then they might surprise all of us and leave it clean like the Tea Party protesters but then I doubt it.

  236. m says:

    The person that believes there is no God and feels liberated at the thought, is like the man who feels liberated while falling from a plane.

  237. SL says:

    Either God is God,

    or Man is God,

    and Man does a really lousy job of it.

  238. Becka says:

    Think of the ignorance of this bunch. They are going there to protest…. what? That they don’t believe in something? “I protest that I don’t believe in something” !!
    Really? Do I care? Do any of you care? And, if you do, why? There are far bigger things in this country to rally and scream about. This is just stupid.

  239. Los says:

    Why does god hate amputees? If the superstitious christians believe in the power of prayer why don’t amputees get their limbs back? god is a construct of the fertile mind of man- noting else. Hey kids believe in Santa, until parents tell them he’s not real, Easter Bunny same thing, Tooth Fairy – Roger that. These childhood deities evaporate when parents stop pretending. Time to stop pretending, take responsibility for your life and quit thanking/blaming a non-existent deity for your success and troubles.

    1. scr1bbler says:

      Los,

      The evidence indicates you’ve probably identified the origin of the god hypothesis.

      Now, why do so many subscribe to it with so little proof? They don’t have nearly the same difficulty seeing that Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy or Leprechaun all represent symbols with NO referent … in the semanticist’s terms they are ‘Empty Sets’.

  240. wise says:

    The American Taliban,aka the religious right, is what is keeping Americans ignorant of the rest of the world. The world is laughing at you America.

    1. Jimbo says:

      Whereas, Christianity is a relationship as compared to a ritualistic formality, e.g. Islam, Secular Humanism , or membership in the Democrat Party. Your reference to ignorance or being the brunt of ridicule by the rest of the world is merely a taste of what will occur after you and the rest take your last breath. Many of us believe that our time on earth is preface for our eternal life. We see the earth as a lower level of Heaven, another of The Almighty’s creation.

      Read the first verse of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Notice the reference to heaven in the plural.

  241. Rich says:

    Leave it to the devout atheists to put their faith and demagoguery on display. They want the rest of us to respect their beliefs as they refuse to do for us.

  242. Roddy Piper says:

    What a great idea…. put all of the atheists in one place at one time and ZAP!

    God-willing…..

  243. Phil says:

    Atheists are moot. They are angry, intolerant people, who blame religions for the world’s problems. Whose basic argument is… “oh if only religious people were not in this world, then everything would be perfect.”

  244. ReginaldTheWarrior says:

    Please Christopher Hitchens, I pray thee come down and smite those believers! Oh… right. You cease to exist. Pity.

    1. Jimbo says:

      Best response, Reggie.

  245. D R M says:

    Ironic the photo that was used in the article I think was the Promise Keepers rally in 1997. One of if not the largest crowd ever on the mall, in all honesty over a million people. The crowds not only covered the mall, but the adjoing streets. After the media tried their best to paint this as an upcoming controversial event, they finally gave up after attending the gathering and realized that is was just a large church service. I am sure they thought they were in the middle of Jones Town; the only reference in the evening news was this was a larger crowd, quite a contrast from spending several minutes to bolster the size of the crowd of other rallies, when it is one of the media’s favorite causes.

  246. BHirsh says:

    “[W]e are the most hated … for no reason other than pure and simple religious bigotry, spurned by ignorance[.]”

    No, you are the most hated because you insert yourselves where you don’t belong and cause trouble. If you don’t believe in anything, then logically there is nothing for you to say. Be invisible, because that is the nature of no belief system. Then, you won’t be “hated”.

  247. Ken says:

    I feel bad for atheist. What are they going to say after death and see God. It will be hard and say you don’t exist . God will tell them depart from me. The Bible is the truth. It will be too late when a atheist dies and see’s God.

  248. TrueBeliever says:

    Why does this stupid page reload so that one has to try to find one’s place — over and over and over???

  249. Mike says:

    If there was no God, there would be no atheists.

    1. Brian says:

      because there is no god there are atheists

  250. Jack says:

    Before going to the rally, read “Onetime Visitor”

  251. Kyle says:

    IF you will be intellectually honest, two truths exist:
    1) You cannot prove that God exists.
    2) You cannot prove that God doest NOT exist.

    Deism and atheism BOTH require FAITH!

    1. Brian says:

      you don’t need to prove that some thing does not exist, it would be redundant

      1. Kyle says:

        Everything must be proven, or accepted as such. To say it is redundant is to assume affirmation. Absent proof, faith is the only option.

  252. TrueBeliever says:

    It is rather sleazy of CBS to post that picture of a crowded Mall.

  253. TrueBeliever says:

    The first Christians, from whom the Catholic Church was formed, believe one has until one’s dying breath to repent and turn to God, and we Catholics believe in a merciful God, so it’s unknown whether any souls, in fact, are in Hell. We simply cannot know who, at the moment of their death, will believe and thus be saved.

    1. Brian says:

      so the dead and saved go to heaven upon the return of the messiah, is that also true for the damned as well , how does that work, and where are they now just hanging out in the waiting room, just curious,peace

  254. Notch Johnson says:

    Since believers are by definition idiots, it’s not surprising they don’t understand what this rally is all about.

    1. Blade Runner 1776 says:

      Obviously Pol Pot, Lenin, Stalin, Fidel Castro and the rest were VEWEY, VEWEY smart!!

  255. Blade Runner 1776 says:

    Misery loves company. That i s what this rally is all about. By the way, where were they when the Liberals of New York gave unprecedented access to Muslims to build a Mosque on ground zero, where the Twin Towers once stood? After all, it was RADICAL Islam that destroyed them. Where is the separation of Mosque and State?
    The gathering of Misery. Atheists have no hope.

    1. Jimbo says:

      Hey, Blade. What pray tell, is Radical Islam? Islam is all things anti-Christian and rejecting of western culture. They all really hate us non-Muslim. Too them we are sub-human, infidel, and deserve to die like dogs. That’s why they behead. Hanging is too good for us. So again, what is Radical Islam?

  256. Sylena says:

    When the devil tried to tempt Jesus he said he would give him all the cities of the world. Even then, the devil already owned the Earth and the people who walked the Earth. Because of Jesus, only those who he doesn’t “own” are those who follow Jesus. I have no fear of my death because I know the spirit is stronger then the physical world. I’m excited about the great adventure that follows this life. When I die, I want to walk with Jesus. Please wake and follow Jesus. No, you can’t see him. No, there is no physical proof. But, once you feel Him in your heart, that’s all the proof you need. He (the Holy Spirit known as Jesus through God) does exist.

    1. Brian says:

      seems like your delusion may just be existential anxiety, live for now my friend there may be no afterlife, don’t put off for tomorrow with jesus what you could be doing today with people that really exist,peace

  257. Blade Runner 1776 says:

    If you are rallying in Washington, it is political.

  258. Joe Lucido says:

    Well, this is still the United States, and they have a Constitutional right to express themselves just as any other American group can do. As long as they are not pushing their beliefs on me, and do not hinder me for believing in the God I choose to honor. I say leave them alone and let them have their rally.

    As long as the thought police are still put in check by the American public. they have the right, and let’s all hope it remains that way, because before we know it this fundamental right we now enjoy could at some point down the line be taken away from us. There are people in this country right now who are fighting to have this freedom taken away from us. They must not win or get their way. Like I said, this is still for the moment the United States.

  259. Voice says:

    Philippians 2:10-11

    King James Version (KJV)

    10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

    11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  260. Will says:

    Obama will no doubt be heading this little gathering.

  261. Blade Runner 1776 says:

    Pol Pot, Fidel and Raul Castro, Kim Jong-il, Hồ Chí Minh, Lenin, Stalin, etc. Very reasonable and SMART people. Without a single smidgen of beliefs.

  262. amkaen says:

    Memento mori, folks. It can all be theoretical until we draw our last breath.

  263. Rick H. says:

    “Massive”?

    Really? wanna bet whether it is going to be bigger than all the Pro Life rallies you don’t cover?

    The media doesn’t even fake like they are impartial any more and/or they are so oblivious in their bias that they don’t know it exists.

  264. Finbar says:

    Just don’t take off your shoes and stand in the reflecting pool while holding hands.

  265. Cloud Noises says:

    Why must this rally become a religious battleground? As a christian, I feel heartbroken over that number of people who don’t believe in a divine purpose for their life but as an American i believe in everything this country should stand: that means their right to rally and freely believe as well as mine. Perhaps there ARE a few laws and some legal precedence in our beautiful country which too closely integrate church and state. I am not, personally, an expert on the subject. Their theological belief may not agree with mine but gathering together to take a step that might bring this country back to a state of true freedom and liberty is and idea I support.