You can watch it, sort of, right here:
There’s a lot of stutter and lag in that feed, but you can get the gist. You can also follow #ReasonRally on Twitter. From the shots of the crowd, it looks to be comparable in size to the 2012 Reason Rally — so it’s good, but isn’t showing a lot of growth. It’s also not raining! I hear it’s hot and muggy, though.
I have very mixed feelings about it. I want this event to succeed, but I’ve lost a lot of enthusiasm for the movement in general — there are just too many asshats within atheism, and rather than disavowing them, the movement seems determined to try and take a middle road, appeasing the people who treat women as subhuman, being reluctant to embrace social justice as the significant contribution atheism can make to society, and regarding minorities as people who should be absorbed into current atheist goals, rather than transforming them. But I’m hoping it will grow and evolve.
Meanwhile, those same asshats are praying for the Reason Rally to fail. You want to see a raging failure to evaluate evidence? Look here.
— thunderf00t (@thunderf00t) June 4, 2016
That’s so dishonest it hurts to see it. No one expected 400,000 people to show up for this event; estimates were in the range of 10K+. So right away it’s an invalid comparison. And then, that’s not a photo of the Reason Rally in progress on the right. If you look at the youtube videos, there actually are quite a few people there, and that photo makes it look as if no one is there at all.