A church in California will hold an open-air preaching to counter a big atheist rally scheduled in Washington, D.C. on June 4.
Atheists will gather for the Reason Rally 2016 at “the Lincoln Memorial to showcase the presence and power of the nonreligious voting bloc, and to demand that reason be put at the forefront of our public and political discourse.”
It will be attended by well-known personalities such as actor Johnny Depp, Bill Nye, Margaret Cho, Amber Heard and Lawrence Krauss.
Meanwhile, the Living Waters Church in Pasadena, founded by Ray Comfort, will film an episode of Season 5 of the TV programme “The Way of the Master” in Washington, D.C.
“That date is also the day of the Reason Rally— the mega atheist gathering, where many thousands of unbelievers will gather at the Lincoln Memorial for the entire day,” the church said on its website.
It added, “We will be at the other end of the Mall, filming open-air preaching—where we’re sure that we will get a few colourful hecklers.”
The church will give away 5,000 copies of the new evangelistic book, “Fat Chance: Why pigs will fly before America has an atheist president.”
A prayer rally and meeting will be held at 8 a.m. and the D.C. Outreach will start at 10 a.m.
“Bring your family, your relatives, your youth group, or your church. Just get yourself there and we will freely supply you with the books and tracts to give away. Please come and help us reach the lost! We need you,” the church said.
The Reason Rally website says, “Not only are we celebrating our secular, atheist, agnostic, humanist, freethinking, and nonreligious identities, we are preparing to exercise our power at the voting box to bring good sense back to government.”
It describes the event as a “voting bloc party” in order “to capture that feeling of community and celebration alongside the strong message of growing political influence.”