After praising Prestonwood Baptist Church for hosting a debate between atheist provocateur Christopher Hitchens and intelligent design pioneer William Dembski, Barbara B. Johnson had this to say:
Because religious or spiritual views and experiences are deeply personal [read: not based on objective truth], I don't believe they belong in the debate arena at all.
It is obvious that this is something “deeply personal” to Ms. Johnson:
I feel that the all-too-prevalent idea that one entire group is misguided and needs to be enlightened with the ideas and dogmas of another group possessing a monopoly on truth is off the mark.
It’s an idea that couldn't have infected her because, as she is quick to recognize, ever so humbly, “I don't have the answer to the mystery and purpose of life.” To those who are misguided enough to believe that they do, she adds this enlightened counsel: “I am convinced that no one else on earth does either.” Did I mention that Barbara Johnson is a professional life coach?
She fusses that “Too much time, energy and focus is spent by many ‘religious’ folks trying to figure out who is right and who is wrong...” The “religious” affiliation of Chris Hitchens would be…?
Finally, after spending seven paragraphs promoting her deeply personal beliefs, she writes this: “I so admire the Zen Buddhists who don't expend energy defending dogmas or condemning those with varying practices or beliefs.”