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Mar 15 2012

Politico on the Reason Rally

Politico has an article about the upcoming Reason Rally, which features some good quotes from lots of cool people, including Jesse Galef. They stress that this event is a positive one, a coming out party for an increasingly popular movement in favor of secular values.

The rally’s website says the intent is to “unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide” and “combat negative stereotypes about nonreligious Americans.”

“It’s a celebration,” Fidalgo said. “It’s not a protest. It’s not a complaint. It’s not a March on Washington where we’re picketing anything. It’s a celebration of the fact that the secular movement is really starting to come into its own. There are more people who feel free to come out and say they’re nonbelievers or secular humanists and those numbers are growing. People are less shy about it. This gives us a chance to make ourselves known and put ourselves on the national stage and say, ‘We’re here, we’re a large group, we’re active, we have a positive agenda.’ We want you to know we’re your neighbors, and we’re not scary.”

The dynamic is very similar to what happened in the last few decades with gay people coming out of the closet, and that’s a very important statement. And the very first commenter, right on cue, demonstrates the necessity:

Go ahead and protest. That is your right. But just remember that this is a nation of believers. We feel sorry that you have no values and no hope for an afterlife, but you aren’t going to change anything. Believers talk the way they do because that is how they think. If you don’t like living in a nation of believers, you might try to get together and colonize Antarctica.

No, this is not a nation of believers. It’s a nation where a fairly high percentage of the population are believers, but lots of us aren’t. And it’s our country too. If you don’t like that, you might try to get together and colonize South Carolina. Oh wait, someone already thought of that.

By the way, it was just announced that Eddie Izzard is going to be speaking at the Reason Rally.

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  1. 1
    dingojack

    Weirdly, here I did a course with two people of very different religious faiths, both were extremely reticent about talking about or admitting their beliefs (for fear of being ridiculed? I’m not sure).
    America is the like the past, a very different country.
    Dingo

  2. 2
    Avo, also nigelTheBold

    I am trying to imagine how they go from, “It’s not a protest,” to “Go ahead and protest.”

    “It’s not a protest. It’s not a complaint. It’s not a March on Washington where we’re picketing anything. It’s a celebration of the fact that the secular movement is really starting to come into its own.”

    Quick, Reverend Brownstone! Bring out the satanic-atheist-to-theist decoder ring!

    Hmmm. “Not a protest.” That appears to mean that they hate God. “Not a March on Washington.” Let’s see… My Sweet Breast-Feeding Baby Christ! They intend to turn us all gay and make every one of us have abortions and force us to read Doonesbury!

    I must react immediately, by posting my revelations to the internet!

    Go ahead and protest.

    That should do it.

  3. 3
    ashleybone

    I hope it’s not true that Maher has been extended an invitation to participate. The last thing we need is a misogynist antivaccer on stage.

  4. 4
    Raging Bee

    “No, this is not a nation of believers. It’s a nation where a fairly high percentage of the population are forced to pretend we’re believers, whether or not we actually are.”

    There, fixed it for you.

    By the way, it was just announced that Eddie Izzard is going to be speaking at the Reason Rally.

    With or without heels?

  5. 5
    Reginald Selkirk

    The Reason Rally: A Woodstock for nonbelievers

    That’s a convenient title for their article. Just like Woodstock, I can fail to show up, but claim later that I did.

  6. 6
    Reginald Selkirk

    I hope it’s not true that Maher has been extended an invitation to participate. The last thing we need is a misogynist antivaccer on stage.

    I disagree; the last thing we need is a purity test to allow only the most ideologically pure to participate. Look how well that is working today on the far right.

  7. 7
    marcus

    I agree with reginald @ 6. Why miss an opportunity to call Maher on his stupidity. It could be the best thing for him if he could admit his errors and correct these failings. Otherwise he’s just another (dumbass) boy in a bubble.

  8. 8
    ashleybone

    It would be great if Maher could admit his errors, but I don’t think Reason Rally is a great venue to call him on those errors. He should demonstrate that he is capable of employing reason consistently before he is on the stage of an event that celebrates reason.

  9. 9
    Aquaria

    Go ahead and protest. That is your right.

    Oh how fucking good of you. We don’t know what we’d do without the permission of such a scumbag.

    But just remember that this is a nation of believers.

    And it shows. We’re the dumbest industrialized nation for a reason. You’re why.

    We feel sorry that you have no values

    Says the guy who worships a book that promotes lies, lying, distortions, bad science, bad history, thievery, rape, lust, murder and genocide.

    With values like those, who needs to be amoral?

    and no hope for an afterlife

    I can’t have hope for something that’s not there. That would be like wishing that Candyland was real. Most of us get over that by the time we’re 5 or 6. What’s taking a dipshit like you so long to catch up?

    Oh–right. You’re brain is too poisoned by stupidity and delusion to know the difference.

    but you aren’t going to change anything.

    They said the same thing to MLK, to the gays, to women who wanted to vote.

    Blacks got civil rights legislation, gays are getting civili rights–and even the chance to marry in ever-increasing numbers, and women got the right to vote.

    Your side isn’t looking too successful these days.

    Oh–and the single fastest growing religious preference group of the 20th Century (and today), has been secularism, atheism, agnostics and nones. We’re here–and we’re growing faster than the Mormons or Muslims, without having to breed our way there.

    Believers talk the way they do because that is how they think.

    And what they thinks is increasingly ignorant, stupid and deluded. That’s not something to be proud of, cupcake. It’s why we laugh at you.

    If you don’t like living in a nation of believers, you might try to get together

    Organizing is what we’re doing, dipshit, and you’re whining about it.

    and colonize Antarctica.

    Secularists/atheists have taken over better places than you’re going, cupcake. After all, we’re the majority in quite a few nations in Europe and in Japan, too. Funny, those are all the advanced nations, save for the garbage heap that’s America.

    We’re going to need a lot more than Antarctica to live on, at the rate we’re growing.

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