THE Global Atheists Convention in Melbourne last weekend worked a miracle on me.
I’ve never felt more like believing in God.
My near conversion occurred because the convention’s speakers managed to confirm my worst fear. Continued below the fold:
Many there would be horrified atÂ how similar it was to evangelical meetings I have covered, down to the bouffant-haired televangelist. Every jibe brought a burst of applause â€” all that was missing was the “hallelujahs”.
No, it’s not that God may actually exist, and be cross that I doubted. It’s that if the Christian God really is dead, then there’s not much to stop people here from being barbarians.
I’d have hoped that the Atheists Convention’s speakers would have reassured me not just by fine words but finer example that a godless society will nevertheless be a good one.
But what did they show me instead? First there was the world’s most famous atheist, former Oxford don andÂ Selfish Gene author Richard Dawkins (above), who smeared Joseph Ratzinger as the “Pope Nazi” and mocked Family First Senator Steve Fielding as dumber than an “earthworm”. The insult to the Pope is truly vile. As a 14-year-old, Ratzinger was conscripted by the Nazi regime into the Hitler Youth, then compulsory for all German boys.
Yet Dawkins was far from the only speaker to unleash the hatred he claimed Christianity inspired.
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