The Dalai Lama will be giving a speech at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic is a world-renowned medical facility which has treated thousands of critical needs patients over the years.
To some, the arrival of the Dalai Lama poses a greater risk than cancer. The local Christian fundamentalists got wind of the upcoming visit by "His Holiness" and threw an unholy fit. Remember Dana Carvey's Church Lady? Well, she goes by the name of Jan Markell and is organizing a prayer against the heathen holyman. Seems the Dalai Lama's great offense lies in not accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior--a significant ommission in many Buddhist clerics.
Now, as atheists--and protestant atheists at that--we don't often find ourselves pulling for one religion against the other. Not all religions are equally toxic, but they are equally indefensible. However, let's take a stand on this one. The Dalai Lama may be a difficult man to take seriously. Nevermind the whole reincarnation nonsense, the guy offers less wisdom than a basket of fortune cookies. But he does preach non-violence and, sadly, that's a rare commodity in religious figures. So, we say "Go Lama!"
While we may be irreligious, we resent anyone who may prevent us from converting to any religion we choose. Even if it isn't Christianity.