Posts Tagged ‘science’

I cannot think of a better way to present such information. Most of us weirdos would rather watch Higgs’ bosom, than learn Higgs Boson. These guys make all the difference in presenting difficult subject matter.

Back to the bosom…

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.

After party...

This is a shot of the ballroom at the Marriott North Convention Center, in Maryland, at roughly 9:00 P.M. the night of the rally. The American Atheists, and AtheistNexus sponsored this. All the YouTubers were here, plus PZ Myers, the big wigs from CFI, AHA, American Athiests, etc. It was very cool. I spent most of the night chatting with Paul Provenza (the Reason Rally emcee), a theoretical physicist from NYU, a couple teachers, a professor from U of Arkansas, and many of the YouTube heroes we all watch.

You are seeing about 1/3 of the ballroom, just after the doors opened.

Not the only thing...

I wish I could have captured a better picture of this one (and many others). This one read “Religion is probably not the only thing you are wrong about!”

Counter-protester...

Sorry it is hard to read, but this guy was holding his pink sign next to the fundy sign. The pink one read “If you could reason with religious people, there would be no religious people!”