Reporting Steve Pickett
DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – “God is dead. Have a Good Friday.” This is the message that showed up in the mailboxes of dozens of North Texas pastors.
It’s part of a campaign by local atheists; executed on what Christians call Good Friday, the day Christ was crucified.
Zachary Moore, coordinator of an atheist group, Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, says he sent the message to 50 local church leaders. Moore called it outreach to Christians, who question their religious teachings.
“Those are the people who will see this and say, ‘Yes, God is dead for me too.’ So what’s that all about?” said Moore.
However, using Good Friday to spread an atheist viewpoint did not sit well with anyone CBS 11’s Steve Pickett spoke with.
Dallas resident Justin Murphy said, “I don’t like it. It’s wrong. Especially today, it’s pretty inconsiderate.”
“I think they’re entitled to their opinion, But at the same time, I’m a believer in the church and don’t like what they’re doing,” said Dallas resident Alice Heck.
Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Dallas, received the letter and says he gave it little thought.
“The fact is, there is more historical support for the existence of Jesus in history than Julius Ceasar,” said Jeffress. “The resurrection is one of the most verifiable acts in human history, so the atheists can’t argue the facts, so they resort to tactics like this.”