Posts Tagged ‘Reason Rally’

I am still fascinated by all of the unique and interesting people I met at the Reason Rally.  I really wanted to take more pictures, and video, but I have yet to master the battery on my iPhone.

In any event, I ran across a blog where they posted a whole slew of the various T-shirts that people were wearing at the Rally.  These are great.  Many thanks to ReapsTruth, and Daniel…

The photos are displayed here.

A sample of one of my favorites:

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I love this recap. The Thinking Atheist is my favorite YouTuber, and his take on the rally echoes mine. Despite the fact that I was lucky enough to mingle with the speakers and promoters of the rally, I didn’t need to make any effort to speak with people who just wanted to be there. Everyone just seemed to be elated and excited to see so many others who cherish secular ways.

I spent the night after the rally in conversations with a professor from Arkansas, a post-grad student of physics, an oil-worker, several YouTubers, the emcee, several of the speakers, and a myriad of folks who just sat for a few minutes to hear the discussion. It was awesome! All open to anyone, at the Marriott convention center.

The general feeling…from ALL…was just happiness. It felt great to sit and discuss things amidst others who have obviously put much thought into the position that they painfully defend. It is not easy. It is not simple. We all took comfort in the fact that…we are many!

Get off the God standard...

Yet another sign that I must rely on time.com for…

Get out!

Another sign I loved from the rally. I never got a good picture of it, but time.com did.

A good bit on NPR, out of Boston, about the rally. James Randi, and Hemant Mehta are guests. They take calls, and discuss the rally and what atheism means to people today. If you have 45 minutes for some good information:

Atheists Rally In Washington | On Point with Tom Ashbrook

The intent of the rally was to get people to come out and speak up about being godless.  I was fired up!  I was ready to quit being quiet about the nonsense that saturates our world.  I was prepared to stick up for what I (don’t) believe.  But…I was flying home the next day…

Shit!  The guy sitting next to me on a 3.5 hour flight, was a Christian missionary on his way home from Brazil, where he spent the last several weeks doing his best to convert those poor misguided Brazilians to Christianity.  Oh boy…

I wanted so bad to talk to the guy, yet I didn’t.  He sat there reading his Bible, complaining about how tired he was, and how long the flight was, etc.  His golden torture device swung back and forth from his neck, driven by the turbulent bumps of the plane.  Now and then his wife, who was sitting a couple rows and seats away, would say “we are almost there….our next mission is about to begin…”.  I wanted to puke.  Here sits a couple of Christian missionaries on a plane from Washington DC sitting in self-exaltation from their journey of forcing their supernatural beliefs onto unsuspecting people from another world…

Although I was not literally biting my tongue, I could still taste the blood.  I did not enter into discussion about where I was traveling from, or talk about what I thought of their egotistical self-righteousness.  Instead I politely ignored them, thinking that a long flight is not the appropriate location to discuss such things.

I am immediately a failure.

After party de-baptisms...

A huge line of people, including PZ Myers, went through a silly American Atheist “de-baptism”. This preceded Shelley Segal playing a set in the ballroom.