What exactly is "The Clergy Project"?
They are a newly formed group of active and former clergy who are atheists, and were recently described as "a pathetic portrait of the desperation of many atheist and secularist groups."
"They are thrilled to parade a few trophies of unbelief, but do they really believe that these examples are serving their cause?" asked R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"They celebrate a former Pentecostal preacher with no education, who was already a theological liberal when called to his church, and who then educated himself by reading Sagan, Dawkins, and Hitchens. Seriously?
"The Clergy Project is a magnet for charlatans and cowards who, by their own admission, openly lie to their congregations, hide behind beliefs they do not hold, make common cause with atheists, and still retain their positions and salaries," he wrote in his blog.
The Clergy Project describes itself as "a community for active and former clergy who do not hold supernatural beliefs." It was launched in March 2011 and currently has some 300 members who network and discuss "what it's like being an unbelieving leader in a religious community."