Go ahead: mock the sacred!

April 03, 2012
Source: District of the USA

Atheist-author, Richard Dawkins, incited a crowd of 20,000 atheists and agnostics to mock the beliefs of the Catholic Faith during a Reason Rally held in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2012.

As reported by CNA[1], that’s exactly what Richard Dawkins, the prominent atheist activist and author (The God Delusion), told a gathering of about 20,000 atheists and agnostics to do specifically against Catholics during a Reason Rally held in Washington, D.C. on March 24:

Mock them. Ridicule them! In public!

For example, if they say they're Catholic: Do you really believe, that when a priest blesses a wafer, it turns into the body of Christ? Are you seriously telling me you believe that? Are you seriously saying that wine turns into blood?"

While encouraging his audience to mock the Catholic Faith in particular, integral to his atheistic view he espoused an “intelligent” form of evolution:

How is it conceivable that the laws of physics should conspire together—without guidance, without direction, without any intelligence—to bring us into the world?"

Tragically, Dawkins is unwilling to consider the five natural proofs of the existence of God—the Prime Mover—as outlined not only by the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas (who was mentored by St. Albert the Great—a true scientist), but even demonstrated by ancient pagan philosopher-scientists, such as Plato and Aristotle.

Even more ironic is this statement Dawkins made to the non-believing crowd at the National Mall:

Religion makes specific claims about the universe which need to be substantiated, and need to be challenged—and if necessary, need to be ridiculed with contempt."

This statement is ironic as secular scientists themselves are often at a loss to empirically prove their own theories which they expect to be accepted as dogmatic truth, such as with evolution.[2] On this subject, Dawkins posited:

It was 'almost too good to be true,' he rhapsodized, that this 'mechanical, automatic, unplanned, unconscious process' should produce human intelligence… 'That's not just true, it's beautiful'…"

The good is in fact, God (Deus bonum est): but Dawkins—even when intellectually forced into a corner for the inability to explain how the universe was first placed into motion—refuses to assent to this beautiful truth. Nevertheless, Dawkins is correct: beauty is a reflection of truth.

Instead, the Oxford professor is forced to descend into laughable absurdity when he suggests that—instead of admitting of a Divine Creator and our First Parents—evolution of intelligent life has been the result of aliens (themselves evolved) who “designed a form of life that they seeded onto perhaps this planet”![3] Granted, such an alien notion is more bizarre than the undiscoverable “missing link” or missing contemporary evolutionary changes. But equally, it is the evolutionists who deserve to be ridiculed for their ridiculous theories—none of which have been submitted to the Scientific Method—which have one object: deny the existence of a Divine Creator.

On a final note, what is quite remarkable about the atheistic Reason Rally is that the Catholic Church is implicitly recognized as the “pillar and foundation of truth”[4] even if that is not what Dawkins intended when he encouraged her ridicule. This is readily seen when he felt it imperative to mention the specific doctrine of the Blessed Sacrament, something not held by Protestant sects. So why the fixation about Catholic doctrines—could it be that there is something intrinsically and undeniably attractive about them?

Considering that Dawkins understands the philosophical principles of truth, goodness, and beauty—even if imperfectly—and that he obviously has the Catholic Church often in his mental sights, one can always hope (and pray) that he is ripe for conversion to accept and revere the sacred.


1 Catholic News Agency, March 27, 2012, “Dawkins calls for mockery of Catholics at 'Reason Rally'”.

2 The Theory of Evolution Judged by Reason and Faith.

3 A quote from an interview of Richard Dawkins in the Ben Stein 2008 documentary, Expelled.

4 I Timothy, 3:15.