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Correction: Westboro invited to Reason Rally, Ratio Christi invited to email

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March 18 We reported Thursday the invitations of Westboro Baptist Church and Ratio Christi to upcoming atheist Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. by the National Atheist Party. We need to correct that report after hearing back from Ratio Christi's Director of Administration, Blake Anderson, who informs us that Lee Moore's invitation was only

...a very short friendly invitation to dialog noting that he had read a blog by me on the WBC invitation issue. He offered to address any concerns we might have about the NAP. There was no invitation to the event.

We responded that we are open to dialog and remain interested in an explanation as to how the NAP and The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Religion believes that inviting WBC enhances the credibility of the event.

Lee Moore returned our email last night and he simply referred to his article here as the official statement why he authorized the WBC invite. He then asked if we wanted to know anything further. Very short response.

Regarding this quote from Moore:

"Just today I sent an email to one of the anti Reason Rally spin groups Ratio Christi inviting them to an open dialogue with us. WBC is not the only group we wanted to open lines of communication with. They were just the most well known one."

...Anderson remarks "He did not call us a 'spin group' in that email."

At this time, Westboro is the only "Christian" group invited to the Reason Rally. Ratio Christi members have collaborated with other apologists to publish a response to the Reason Rally in the form of an e-book entitled True Reason. There is no known response from the Reason Rally.

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