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The Reason Rally is one month away!

The Reason Rally – the largest gathering of atheists, humanists, and secularists in history – is just one month away. On March 24, I’ll be in Washington DC to march on the Mall with my fellow heathens, including:

  • Jessica Ahlquist
  • Jamila Bey
  • Greta Christina
  • Lawrence Krauss
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Hemant Mehta
  • PZ Myers
  • Taslima Nasrin
  • Paul Provenza
  • James Randi
  • Adam Savage
  • Michael Shermer
  • A hugely famous comedian who I’m dying to announce but can’t yet!

…and more! With entertainment by:

  • Rational Warrior
  • Tim Minchin
  • Bad Religion

Don’t have the money? The event is FREE! Still don’t have the money? We’re doing everything we can to make the Reason Rally as cheap as possible. We’re offering 50% discounts on bus rides to DC, have a room share program on the website, and have discounts at a number of hotels in the area.

Are you a student and have negative amounts of money? I sympathize, but there’s still hope! If you’re part of a Secular Student Alliance affiliate group, your group can apply for funding from the SSA to attend the rally! No more excuses!

Not only is the rally going to be a blast, but there will be other fun activities going on. What fun activities, you ask? Well, other than laughing at the inevitable fundy protestors that will show up… A post-rally celebration with Hemant Mehta of Friendly Atheist and the bloggers of Freethought Blogs! Woooo! Exclamation marks!!!!

Can you tell I’m excited? I can’t help it – the Secular Student Alliance is one of the sponsoring organizations, and I’m their representative to the rally. That means I’ve been spending months helping to make sure the programming looks good and the event runs smoothly, along with the reps from the other sponsoring orgs.

I know some people just can’t make it. We have busy schedules, small budgets, and physical limitations. I totally understand. But at the very least, please spread the word. Tell all of your friends and family members who may be interested, even if they’re not already a part of the atheist movement. Especially if they’re not already part of the atheist movement. Plaster this all over Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and what have you. We don’t want a  piddly amount of people show up and Fox News to laugh at us.

So, come to meet me as I’m mulling around the crowd.

Come to show America that non-theists are a voting block that exists.

Come to give Rick Santorum a heart attack by showing that yes, secularism IS trying to take over our government.

But most of all, come to have fun.

Comments

  1. Marshall says

    I really, REALLY want to be there, but I live in Las Vegas and don’t think I can afford round trip airfare… Anyone have any suggestions?

  2. ally says

    I think I may have just talked my husband into going! We were looking for something to do over my spring break and this fits the bill. Hoping to see other families with tots there.

  3. Nicole says

    Thanks for the heads up on the after party for the FTB/Friendly Atheist crowd. I was wondering what trouble I might want to get into if I decide to stay in DC. Now I know my #1 option!

  4. Valorie says

    I have never been an “active” atheist, I have never been to a demonstration-anywhere. But after listening to the GOP’s candidates day after with all of their religious garbage and disgusted by their recent attacks on women, I decided to attend. I want to know what it is like to be in the middle 100’s of people who aren’t crazy. Is there anything a beginner should know or bring?? I am so excited…

  5. Laura-Ray says

    I am SO excited. I guess it’s very good luck that I came into my atheism at this point in time, and also that I now live less than a block from a metro station. SO MUCH WIN!

  6. annie says

    Plus, I heard Christians will be there to make sure we are well hydrated. So nice of them! Though, they are only bringing 4,000 water bottles to give away, and I suspect the Rally attendance will far surpass that estimation.

  7. lordshipmayhem says

    How about George W. Bush? No way he was serious – I can hear him now: “Hey, folks, about those weapons of mass destruction Iraq supposedly had? Hey, just kidding!”

  8. Ray, rude-ass yankee says

    I’m only 4 or so hours away and I definitely want to go! I would love to listen to and meet some of the people whose blogs and/or books I read, including you Jen! Still trying to work it out. Even if I can come, I don’t know yet if the wife and kids may be able to come with. Keep fingers crossed for me!

  9. annie says

    Good point! Wouldn’t it be awesome if they turned their water into wine? I’m too tired to look up the verse (or do the math), but 4,000 water bottles/turned to wine would make one mighty fine party! I’m there already, but if they pull this off, I’m double there!

  10. annie says

    Come Ray! You can make it happen. I’m flying in with my husband and daughter. It’s an expense, yes, but I think it is worth it to teach my daughter what is important. I hope to see atheists spilling over the mall and having no place to stand but the streets. I just wish I could afford to go to this and Rock Beyond Belief… but it’s tough to miss so many days of work in one month/pay period.

  11. rebecca says

    So so so very jealous! I’m in Scandanavia so it is a bit of a trip away, and money is a bit tight. Have a great time.

  12. Kes says

    Knowing them, it’ll be holy water, and they’ll brag about baptizing 4000 heathens…or our digestive tracks, at least.

  13. JM says

    This would be second only to a Scottish Country Dance ball for me. That’s where I’ll be – dancing till I drop.

  14. neatospiderplant says

    When will the “hugely famous comedian who you are dying to announce but can’t yet” be announced?

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