Mar 25 2012

I’m in USA Today!

My photo is in the USA Today’s shitty article about the Reason Rally:

“Jennifer McCreight came from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to hoist this sign at the Reason Rally where 20,000 atheists and free-thinkers came to denounce religion and stand up for unbelief.”

I’ll write up a summary while I’m traveling home today. Right now I have to pull myself out of my zombie-like state and shuffle off to the airport.


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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    I like your sign and I’m looking forward to hearing about the rally.

    I first interpreted that as “I’m in the U.S.A. today!”

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    Atheists have always stood for giving credit where credit is due.

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    Izzy Leonard

    “Came to hoist [that] sign”?

    Weren’t you a speaker?

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    Wow, that article really is pathetically bad. I hope that all of the press we get doesn’t take a similar approach…

    (Btw, I’m glad I ran into you at the rally, even if we did only talk for about 10 seconds.)

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    “Hellbent on destroying religion,” “full pantheon of demigods of unbelief”–they leave no cliché unspouted.

    Ooh, we even had “niche groups (students, blacks, Jews, etc.)”

    They just ripped off a scab and their privilege oozed out.

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    Justin Griffith

    That was awesome rocking out to Bad Religion. That was intense. :)

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    It was good to see you there, if only for a second!

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    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Wait, what? You got kicked out of the Freethought Blogs afterparty by a waiter? Did you tell him you blog there?

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    Dammit Jen, now I’m trapped in a pit of stupid.

    Why do I comment on these articles? Will I never learn? It’ll be weeks before the notifications stop rolling in!

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    God damn, that really is a shitty hatchet job of an article.. Especially that bit about “stand your ground.” That’s just laughably transparent demagoguery.

    And the thing about Greta ignoring Galileo’s redemption. I’ve not seen her talk at the Rally, but I’ve seen her Skepticon IV talk and read her book, and in both cases she does mention it. So either she cut it, or the reporter is simply lying.

    Nice sign, though.

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    Comradde PhysioProffe

    Awesome plug of our Web site on the sign!

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    A picture of you is also in my gallery (and there is no article about it…)

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    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    No, I’m trying to destroy religion.


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    That sign was you? I was feet from you and didn’t get to say hi? Oh well. All I’d have to say, anyway, is “I love reading your posts and keep up the good work.” Cheers!

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    Ray, rude-ass yankee (Whimsy, I has it)

    I think I was standing about 5 feet behind the photographer and left of frame when it was taken and you were being interviewed. Thanks for stopping to talk, 30 seconds of me going “Squeee! I’m a big fan” counts as talking, right?

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    Christoph Burschka

    The article was pretty bad with its continual insinuation of “fundamentalist atheism”, but I like how they put the words “friends” in quotes in the end there. “Friends” who disown you for atheism aren’t friends.

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    Something tells me you need to put that on a button. I’d buy one.

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    Is it really that much of a surprise that there are journalists and media outlets that aren’t friendly to our cause and that they would come to the rally looking for ways to make atheists look bad?

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    Oh! Come on! We can’t all be trying to destroy religion.
    Can we?…

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    RW Ahrens

    No, Greta left out the disclaimer about the RCC *finally* admitting – four hundred years too late- that their treatment of Galileo was wrong. I noticed it, since I’d seen/heard her make that particular statement at least twice before, so it stood out to me.

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    Die Anyway

    “Obama isn’t trying to destroy religion…”

    No, of course not. He’s pushing the “Muslin” agenda because, you know, he is one. ;)

    Seriously, I have been so dissapointed in Obama’s pandering to religion. Some of his pre-presidential speeches gave me hope that the understood about “the wall”. But his constant “God bless America” has turned me off. Damn him.

    Sorry I missed the Rally. Hope y’all had a good time, despite the rain.

    Eat well, stay fit, Die Anyway.

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    …the Reason Rally where 20,000 atheists and free-thinkers came to denounce religion and stand up for unbelief

    Really? Talk about using words to frame the discussion and slant the viewpoint. I thought the Reason Rally was to promote reason in our society. Where’s Chomsky when we need him!?

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    I just want to join the chorus of people who love that sign!

    robro, reason and religion are two opposing viewpoints, this should be obvious to you.

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