Event Details

Reason Rally

Time: March 24, 2012 from 10am to 6pm
Location: The National Mall
City/Town: Washington, D.C.
Website or Map: http://reasonrally.org/
Event Type: rally
Organized By: Cara Coleen
Latest Activity: Mar 25, 2012

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The Reason Rally is an event sponsored by many of the country’s largest and most influential secular organizations. It will be free to attend. There will be music, comedy, speakers, and so much more. We hope you can join us!  Please poke around the Reason Rally site for more information and updates.

Speakers include:

Richard Dawkins, Adam Savage, Tim Minchin, PZ Myers, Taslima Nasrin, Paul Provensa, James Randi, Bad Religion
(click here for a full list)

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Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on March 18, 2012 at 10:31am

Why would anyone invite the WBC to a REASON rally?  What do you expect to get out of it?  What do you want from them?

Comment by Shabaka Tecumseh on March 18, 2012 at 10:25am

This is worrisome...chance of T-Showers on Sat 24th..in D.C.

Comment by Cara Coleen on March 15, 2012 at 11:41pm

Just updated the times for the Rally... now ending at 6pm rather than 4pm. Sweet! Eight hours of mingling with higher IQs!

Comment by Boothby171 on March 15, 2012 at 6:05pm

Here's a link to the National Atheist Party, re. (among other things) their reasoning behind inviting WBC:

http://www.usanap.org/news/national-atheist-party-condemns-anti-the...

In an attempt to create this open dialogue, promote reason instead of hate and capitalize on media attention, Klawon sent an invitation to the Westboro Baptist Church on behalf of the NAP. In part, the letter invited the church to visit the party’s information booth to socialize and to receive one of the party’s “swag bags” containing promotional items. The letter can also be interpreted as a challenge to the Westboro Baptist Church to attend the rally with an open mind to its message.

“As the Westboro Baptist Church is representative of the most extreme interpretation of fundamentalism, we felt it appropriate to reach across the ecumenical aisle and invite them to the Reason Rally,” continued Boyle. “If any group in America could benefit from exposure to secular thought, it is Westboro. The Bibles for Bucks campaign, however, will make our attempts to bridge these gaps and to forge a greater understanding between theists and atheists more difficult.”

Here's the letter:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/425796_3507571...

In general, I think this was a BAD idea.  However, if one assumes that the WBC would likely show up anyway, it is offering them the olive branch, and puts THEM on notice for good behavior (not that anyone expects good behavior from the WBC).

Comment by Melody A. Rogers on March 15, 2012 at 2:05pm

Is anyone leaving from Charlotte NC? (or around there) I still have yet to find a ride and really want to go! If anyone leaving from there is willing to take two more people.. please let me know! 
By the way, the event is now from 10am to 6pm!! 

Comment by Dana Houston on March 15, 2012 at 2:00pm

I'm driving from Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, returning on Sunday.  Back seat of car still available if any of you need a ride!

Comment by Morgan Matthew on March 15, 2012 at 1:24pm

Just FYI we will be giving out free hot pink bracelets :] They fit small wrists. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 13, 2012 at 1:04am

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I don't know if this will help when confronted by people at the rally who hold strong beliefs that you do not share, but if you can keep a positive theme going on in your head, you may be able to disconnect from their vitriol and stay sane. If you try this, let me know if it works. It worked for me in the 1960s during the Civil Rights march. MLK taught us this trick. I update the words to fit today's situations, but the principle: think positive. 


We say, “create a medical system that takes care of health needs. “
We say, “empower families and communities. “
We say, “insure one person, one vote. “
We say, “invest $500 billion dollars by investing in people.”
We say, “pay living wages.” 
We say, “protect the common good. “
We say, “regulate food safety.” 
We say, “revolt against taxation without representation.”
We say, “send our young people to foreign lands to learn from them. “
We say, “start caring for people who are different than we. “
We say, “stop warring.”
We say, “take care of ourselves. “
We say, “tax the "aristocracy".” 
We say, “use our government to formulate and enforce fair rules. “ 

Now it is your turn to think up positive thoughts and speech.  

Comment by Cara Coleen on March 12, 2012 at 11:52pm

Ugh. Yeah. I missed that. I personally won't have a problem staying calm, but wow... it's pretty irritating someone would rain on our parade like that, even if they are VP of the NAP. Mr Klawon must have a lot of faith that everyone who shows up has a long fuse and won't make an ass out of all of us. I'm not so confident.

Comment by Boothby171 on March 12, 2012 at 11:18pm

Cara, it's not just that the Westboro Baptists will be AT the Reason Rally, the Westboro Baptist Church was invited to the Reason Rally by Jim Klawon, Deputy Vice President of Administration of the National Atheist Party. So this goes FAR beyond our "remaining reasonable." Jim Klawon has, in essence, CHALLENGED US to be on our absolute best behavior.

After all the Liberal hate-spewing at Andrew Breitbart's still-warm corpse, we need to realize that we are at risk of being just as big a bunch of dicks as our enemies are.  Just think how well THAT will play on Fox News....

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