Bill Donohue of the Catholic League noted that hate also came from biologist Richard Dawkins at the podium. Dawkins insisted religious people must be "ridiculed with contempt." Dawkins advised the cheering crowd to ask Catholics, "Do you really believe that when a priest blesses a wafer, it turns into the body of Christ? Are you seriously saying that wine turns into blood? Mock them; ridicule them!"
But they won't "tweak the faithful."
You didn't have to wait for the rally to know it was going to be angry and militant. Their star speaker, Professor Dawkins, wrote for The Washington Post beforehand that people should not come if they weren't wise enough to crawl "from the swamp of primitive superstition and supernatural gullibility."
Or if they were idiotic religious conservatives who'd say, "I don't trust educated intellectuals, elitists who know more than I do. I'd prefer to vote for somebody like me, rather than somebody who is actually qualified to be president." He added, "What other than this mentality accounts for the popularity of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum -- politicians who flaunt their ignorance as a vote-winning virtue?"
The media don't want the atheists and the Obama Democrats to be too closely aligned in the minds of voters -- even though atheist Congressman Pete Stark and Sen. Tom Harkin sent video messages.
The same media that regularly highlight nasty Tea Party signs and blamed the entire movement for them skipped the signs in the Reason Rally crowd. Donohue spotlighted a few. "Religion is Like a Penis," one sign read, "It's OK to have one ... But it is not OK to whip it out in public, shove it in my face, or tell me what to do because you have one..." A woman held out a sign telling Christians, Jews and Muslims to "Get Out of My Panties." It should not be shocking to report this woman was in no danger of sexual harassment.
Australian songwriter Tim Minchin thrilled the crowd with his jaunty piano ditty called "The Pope Song." The expurgated lyrics included: "I don't give a (F-bomb) if calling the pope a (MF-bomb) means ...You see I don't give a (F-bomb) what any other (MF-bomb) believes about Jesus and his (MF-bomb) mother." The entire song would be silenced by a seven-second delay.
Let's remember: atheists don't want to be seen as angry, militant scolds who can't be civil. Only NPR is foolish enough to bite.