They're coming!

According to the Christian Post

A number of Christian organizations will attend the Reason Rally on March 24 in Washington, D.C, and engage in what they call “reasonable discussion” with atheists at the event, promising that their only aim is to “share Christ person to person as opportunity arises.”

w00t!  Find me!  Find me!  I have a camera phone to record it with!

The coalition of Christian groups will also share copies of a mini-book version of Reason Really, a soon-to-be-published ebook addressing atheist-Christian relationships and the logistical reason found within faith, reported.

Yes!  Eight years of talking to Christians, attending church, and debating their figureheads without so much as a scantly decent reason to believe any of it is logical and finally, FINALLY, I’ve found the people who have a good, logical reason to believe an all-powerful god exists who wants a relationship with everybody but somehow can’t manage it.

Oh I can’t wait.

Although, I can’t help but wonder how they’d feel about atheists showing up at a big prayer gathering to “share the logical reasons Christianity is bogus.”

Knowing that the way others may choose to gather near us is not entirely in our control, we will nevertheless attempt to avoid gathering groups larger than a handful of people,” the organizations explain in a joint statement.

Bring the whole family.  Bring the whole congregation.  Make our numbers look bigger and keep me entertained.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  •!/Erulora Erulóra Maikalambe

    share Christ person to person as opportunity arises.

    Eww. Is there a vaccine for that? Be sure to wash your hands if you do get any Christ on you.

    • Balstrome

      Christ cooties, I think there is a pill for that.

  • davidct

    I hear about atheists being converted all the time from theists. I have never actually met such a person. Remember to wear a hat to keep it from running down your neck.

  • Ubi Dubium

    I’m bringing a stack of Pastafarian tracts with me. If they try to share their gibberish person-to-person, I’ll be ready to Share the FSM (pbuH) with them person-to-person. I’d better bring a Pirate Hat. And considering the poo that they will be flinging at us, maybe an umbrella.

  • Camille

    I deal with Christians on a regular basis, I have no interest in paying attention to them. This is a day for secularism.

  • Jenesa

    I actually think it’s nice that they want to come and be involved in the debate, provided they actually do engage in open honest debate without personal attacks. They could be showing up to protest the event with signs about how we’re all going to hell, so I’d say this alternative is much better.

  • Zugswang

    Is it too unreasonable to hope that a lot of them are attending as part of a massively coordinated coming out party?

  • Mriana

    I bet after it’s over, they will lie and brag that they converted X amount of atheists at the Reason Rally to Xianity, when in reality they converted 0. *rolling eyes*

    • Reginald Selkirk

      The more of these interactions you can capture on video, the better.

  • John Eberhard

    Another example of the Christian presumption of special privilege and what is good for your goose is definitely not good for their gander. If groups of atheists began showing up at their gatherings (read: Sunday morning church services) for a little one on one spreading of the non-gospel, they would shit their britches.

    If we started doing that they would quickly figure out that their plan A was a bad plan. Reminds me of when you and Dr. Dave picketed the church that had picketed Walgreen’s for donating to AIDS research. They quickly decided picketing was not a good plan, and didn’t do that any more.

    If groups of atheists started showing up at the Sunday morning church services of the groups who come to Reason Rally to spread the word to you, I’ll just bet it wouldn’t take long for them to realize what a shitty thing it is to do what they are planning.

    I hope you smite them lip and thigh. At least ask them how they would feel if you showed up at THEIR gatherings to spread YOUR gospel, and how this fits in with “do unto others”.

  • JT (Generic)

    and the logistical reason found within faith believing things for no logical reason

  • Clifton Moore

    Is that a baby owl? Because that is just awesome.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    The coalition of Christian groups will also share copies of a mini-book version of Reason Really, a soon-to-be-published ebook addressing atheist-Christian relationships and the logistical reason found within faith, reported.

    So they’re going to write a book about it before the actual encounter? I suppose it’s safer that way, in case that “reasonable discussion” doesn’t go the way they planned.

  • zengaze

    You do realise that those selected by the popes of each church will have been specially chosen for their lack of reasoning abilities.

    They will have been woo’d over for at least a week, to prepare them for the oncoming battle. Dependant upon church this could include laying of hands/ talking in tounges/ cries to captain kirk for protection.

    They will have recieved special night meetings to prepare the script, and warned not to deviate, for the devil will want them to!

    Behold for i send you out as lambs amongst the wolves.

    Should be good fun, for my part the best thing to do would be to personify what they percieve you to be. Laugh manically, and talk incoherently about lucifers’ legions.

    • Kristin

      I don’t like shouting matches, I like reasonable (duh) and civil discourse. They will come armed with megaphones to drown out any real thought.

  • Drakk

    Will someone elucidate what a “logistical reason” is?

    • JSC_ltd

      I think it’s why you move your supplies by one route as opposed to another.

      • Drakk

        Okay, so what’s a logistical reason for faith?

        Methinks the christians dropped the ball on trying to show people that they know lotsa big words real good.

        • hylidae

          A logistical reason for faith is the coordination of efficient shipment of souls and other supplies (e.g. sacrifices, offerings, etc.) to heaven.

          • willross

            A logistical reason for faith : surely Amazon COULDN’T be that good without Divine help?

            Logistical faith: the belief that Amazon WILL get that copy of “Origin of Species” to the pastor in time for his birthday tomorrow

  • Nicole

    Do they not understand we are there to listen to other people speak? Am I going to have to hush these fools?

    “SHHHHHHH James Randi is TALKING!”

    I’m going to have to prepare my best movie theater hushes.

  • Katie T

    Have you considered having a public intro where you each say where you’re from? then you can go to church after/during Reasonfest. These guys seem friendly enough, so there’s NO way they have a problem with you going to church to continue the debate. Right? Riiiiight? :D

    • willross

      I don’t think disrupting a service of worship would be reasonable, but I’m sure there are plenty of Christian conferences where we would be welcome. And maybe a few where we wouldn’t.

      Anyway, if they want to come and join the fun, why shouldn’t they? I see no reason why a Christian shouldn’t be just as secular as we are. Isn’t this supposed to be an inclusive event to dispel negative images of the secular? Hard to see how we’ll do that if we get paranoid every time someone wants to talk to us.

  • Randomfactor

    Will someone elucidate what a “logistical reason” is?

    I think it has something to do with “truthiness.”

  • baal

    soon-to-be-published ebook addressing atheist-Christian relationships and the logistical reason found within faith, reported.

    I had to go look up the ‘logistical’ bit too. If we’re being generous, they meant reasoning via symbolic logic. I suspect the meant to say, “logical reasoning” which is redundant but less odd.

    I’d kinda like to see how faith would contain the logistical reason in its usual meaning – materials management. Maybe if you get everyone to bow to Mecca at the same times every day the ley lines will reach optimization or some thing.

  • willross

    “to share Jesus Christ person to person” does sound more like Evangelism than Ecumenism. It goes against the grain, but I have to admin that I share the general scepticism.

    Still, if it were me I’d take up their offer of reasonable discussion with an open mind and make sure that I really understood their position. Also to get a feel for which Christian groups are worth talking to and which are not.

  • Yoritomo

    Will someone elucidate what a “logistical reason” is?

    How about: “You managed to gather here in large numbers despite the inadequacy of public transport in DC. That’s a miracle!”

  • Falstaff

    Heads up! The Goldstein Squad from Overland Park Ks. will be there…their glorious leader and nutball lawyer who I will just refer to as “JC” is paying their way.

    • Michaelyn

      Oh really? I doubt they come. They have a tendency to say they will be attending events and then they don’t show. Jim Christensen did this for ReasonFest.

      BUT if they’re there, I’d very much like to meet them.

      • Clarissa

        Ah, get off your high horse, girl. Jim DID show up, and I was there too. Jim even checked in. He talked to a lot of students and all the vendors. You probably have him on video.

        But he got e mails threatening him with expulsion if he talked to Adam or JT!

        He wasn’t in the mood to get set up for being charged with something.

        So get over yourself Michaelyn or whoever you are.

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  • Kristin

    We should have pamphlets to hand to them as well detailing the Atheist, Humanist, Secular perceptive and provide evidence and sites of resources explaining the origin of Christian (and other) myths. If those pastors care about holing on to their flock they better keep far away from Atheist wolves. Of course they will probably just come to shout things form megaphones and annoy people. They are not interested in a real discourse.