It slipped my mind that today was the day the University of Georgia Atheists were protesting Pastor Mark Driscoll‘s event… until I started seeing 349723 comments coming in from Christians trolling the informational post.
So how did it go?
Well, they caught Driscoll’s attention. He even told his fan club:
If you read through those comments, you’d get the impression the atheists were trying to start a riot… which they weren’t. They just wanted to inform the attendees at the LoveLife Conference about the awful things Driscoll says and believes, the things that tend to get looked over by casual Christians who don’t really know him because he puts the word Pastor in front of his name.
Check out some of the comments from that thread (spelling left unchanged):
- Sorry atheists, messages of God are louder than the stopping of feet and the gnashing of teeth…
- It would be funny if Westboro showed up too, then you would have the “you hate fags” and “God hates fags” groups protesting against you, and eachother. Seriously, praying for you for wisdom in speaking to them if you do, as well as your seminar. We wish we could have been there.
- And we too will suffer persecution for righteousness… Keep sharing God’s truth.
- We all need to take into consideration that there are some groups that do protest for the wrong things, not because what they’re protesting against is right. Like that church that protests against vets funerals because they believe war is bad.
- Welcome to the dirty South, Mark. Sorry we have so many idiots.
- They count hatespeech only if it refers to a living human. Atheists like my own brother will constantly say rude things about my God and my Jesus, but defend that by claiming that they don’t exist. It’s very sad.
- I read the article someone posted about what the priest is about… I have to say, though soundings I disagree with mark, every quote that was in that article (being used against him) was dead-on for being biblical. So, the protest is really against the Bible, not mark. But, they can’t protest the Bible, so they slander those who believe in it instead. (also, in response to what it says at the end of the article: JESUS ISN’T DEAD. Leave it to an atheist to bash a book (s)he hasn’t read.)
- You know you’re doing something right if you can get people out of bed that early just to make total jerks out of themselves.
- The protesters are standing up for gays and feminists as if THIS is the moral high ground in 2011. They choose what is right to them so they become their own gods and cast judgment on others. The veil is so thin. Their pride is their idol. Their deepest satisfaction is the abuse of their own flesh. And they will never know Him apart from his wrath.
- Irony is a bunch of atheists having moral outrage about anything.
- Its just a bunch of jackass athiest from the local u … There opinion doesn’t matter.
- Satan doesn’t attack what he doesn’t fear! I say, Bring It!
- What the heck man! It’s like you’re Hitler or something!
Meanwhile, here’s how protest organizer Lisa Lansing described to me what they did… surprise! It’s a world of difference from what the commenters made it out to be:
We had around 10-15 people show up, and maintained a peaceful protest atmosphere. We passed out fliers, copies of sermons, and had a few discussions with attendees and people walking by the Classic Center. Most of the attendees refused to acknowledge his sexism, even when presented with evidence taken directly from his church website. The local churches who hosted the event even invited us in to listen to Driscoll preach, [but] we declined and told them we had listened to and read hours and hours of sermons, and seeing him in person [didn't] change our position against bigotry.
A few more pictures are below. Click on them for larger versions:
Looks like the atheists were able to get out their message and their mere presence was enough to get Christians to label them as some sort of hate group. Despite the fact that many of those posters contained direct quotations from Driscoll.
I’d call that a pretty successful protest.