I would have thought it enough that some atheists are attempting to establish an atheist religion. Now you can all but forget the whole issue of atheist wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars during a time of worldwide recession advertising their self-professed cleverness[i]: now an Anglican Cathedral will be tolling the praises of activist atheists seeking proselytes.
Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral will be tolling John Lennon’s song Imagine on its church bells. That virtually every adherent of the New Atheist sect of atheism has quoted and or alluded to John Lennon’s song Imagine should be a clue to the church of what it is that they are promoting.
“Lennon famously described himself and his music as ‘anti-religious.’” As I have said time and time again with thousands of Christians behind me: Amen to that and so am I!!!!
John Lennon stated sentiments that have been proclaimed for 2,000 years and often by people much more powerful and influential as he:[ii]
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
Yet, the song goes beyond besmirching “religion” and is a call to conversion “I hope some day you’ll join us” and only then “the world will live as one.”
“The Anglican Cathedral claims they have taken into consideration the feeling surrounding the song and believe the public should focus on the lyrics which promote peace.A spokesman said:‘The proposed performance will be thought-provoking as it yearns for peace in a broken and troubled world.We anticipate it will be a very moving and spiritual experience and will engage all people in worship.We took into consideration sensitivities surrounding the song's lyrical content and feel the message of bringing people together in harmony is very strong.’”[iii]
Yet, it promotes peace through the radicalizing of atheism. The utopian song calls for conversion to its particular, and peculiar, view and also misunderstands and fails to note the various motivators of the very turmoil which it seeks to remedy.[iv]
[i] Some relevant posts of interest are as follows:
Atheist Charity - A Huge Success
Another Atheist Charity – A Huge Success
Atheism Board News
American Humanist Association (AHA) and Purity in Charity
Charity - Secular Liberals vs. Religious Conservatives
[ii] Interview with Maureen Cleave for the London Evening Standard, March 4, 1966
[iii] Nick Webster, Controversey [sic] as Liverpool Anglican Cathedral set to peal John Lennon's Imagine, Fri 27 Feb 2009
[iv] Such jejune notions were promulgated by Prof. Richard Dawkins for which he was spanked by Michael Shermer in Arguing for Atheism