Reason Rally Supporter Not Very ‘Reasonable’ Inviting Christian Fringe Group
by Rob Lundberg
The more and more I think about the premises of those spearheading the Reason Rally, the more I find them to be most unreasonable. Not too long ago I had two postings concerning comments made by an atheist on my blog, who was parroting P. Z. Meyers with statements like, we are being obnoxious, arrogant, along with a whole bunch of other rhetorical insinuations about making plans to go to the Reason Rally. Those of us blogging on the rally have opened up and extended invitations to any atheist who wants to grace the door of our respective churches holding what is called an Atheist at Church Day.
Just in the last couple of days we have seen the next wave of illogical rhetoric hitting the web. This time it is an ardent supporter of the Reason Rally (Jim Klawon) showing his skill in emotional rhetoric and unreasonable nonsense. The vehicle is inviting a group like Westboro Baptist Church to the Reason Rally.
Amid all the responses from our ‘coalition’ of apologetics bloggers (e.g., True Reason.org, Ratio Christi, Thinking Christian, Deeper Waters, Reasons for God, along with this and other blogs), we are somewhat amazed and scratching our heads, trying to figure out where the "reason" is in Klawon’s invitation to Westboro Baptist Church (here is the letter of invite from the Center for Inquiry).
For those who have not followed the events, let me give a little history behind the events of the Reason Rally up to this point:
- The premise of the Reason Rally is supposedly to show the nation that atheism/secularism is reasonable.
- TrueReason.org responds by declaring its intent to come to the rally to reason with atheists.
- Atheists respond with mocking and outrage and demand to be allowed into Christian churches (example).
- TrueReason.org responds with an initiative to invite atheists and skeptics to churches.
- Many atheists respond by indicating that they don’t want to go to church (example).
- TrueReason.org publishes a book demonstrating that though the “New Atheists” claim to be the defenders of reason, they’re not very good at it.
- The rally organizers invite the Westboro Baptists to the rally. Westboro is known for its angry demonstrations and un-Christian and un-reasonable responses to cultural issues. (Source:Ratio Christi, Let’s Set Up Our Own Straw men posting)
We now come to the events of #7, and I have to ask, "where in the world is the ‘reason’ in Klawon’s invitation to a hyper-fringe group of fundamentalists, claiming to be a genuine representation of Christianity? The Westboro Baptist Church has been in the media at "rights" marches, military funerals and other events stating their view of the Bible. Let me say that though they may believe the Bible, and "preach the Bible", the action of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, peace, patience, joy, kindness, and self control is missing; and is therefore NOT a good representation of Christianity. In fact, it sounds like Westboro has cut out Galatians 5:22-23 from their Bibles!
This said, the atheists, being charged up by this invitation, are once again demonstrating the folly of their reasoning skills. Through the committing of a couple of informal fallacies in logic (the study of sound critical thinking and reasoning). Let me illustrate these fallacies coming from those promoting "reason" from an atheistic perspective…
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