Wow! The Reason Rally, which will be tomorrow at the Mall in Washington DC, is getting publicity! Very cool. I'm sorry I won't be able to be there. I think if there is one next year I definitively want to go, maybe we could even have a little atheist universe meet up.
To listen to the story, go here.
Did any of our members go to the Reason Rally?? If so, please write about your experience!
There is a photo gallery here, at the Washington Post.
Young Americans cheering for a scientist like he's a rock star is pretty cool!
The audio is terrible, I hope there would be better videos.
I have to say I was really dismayed by the lack of coverage on the rally. I looked all over the internet thinking someone, anyone, would be live streaming....I missed it if it was out there. I did happen to catch Up With Chris Hays on MSNBC this morning where they were talking about it yesterday (rerun). That made me feel better.
Please, what Adriana asked, if you went, can you tell us some stories???? ;-)
I didn't go....But from what I read online, it was kind of disappointing, only about 8,000 to 10,000 people...
This is what Freethought blogger Ed Brayton thought:
The Reason Rally was great, though not perfect. First the good: Greta Christina, PZ Myers, Hemant Mehta, and Jessica Ahlquist were all great. Tim Minchin, Jamie Kilstein and Eddie Izzard were freaking brilliant. As was Paul Provenza, who was the emcee.
Hemant was one of the first speakers and he gave a rousing talk encouraging atheists to run for public office. He then introduced Jessica Ahlquist and presented her with a check for more than $62,000 for her scholarship, about $9,000 of which came from the sale of our Evil Little Thing shirts. That actually made me choke up, as did Jessica’s speech that followed. What a remarkable young woman. I can only wish that I had that kind of poise and grace at 16 years old.
Greta gave her standard barnburner of a talk, drawing on the material in her new book expressing the many things that atheists are justifiably angry about. And PZ, in a white cowboy hat that seemed as out of place as a milk bucket under a mule, gave a similar speech about his favorite sin — wrath. But everyone near us thought he said “rap,” which caused me to utter a prayer: “Please let PZ do a rap, please let PZ do a rap.” Alas, he didn’t. But that would have been so memorable if he had.
The stand up comics were all amazing. Eddie Izzard was actually the weakest of the three of them, believe it or not. Minchin did several of his best songs, including Storm and Fuck the Pope. And Kilstein did another of his patented righteous rants that was just incredible. I can’t wait to see the video of that one. That was a highlight of the entertainment segments for me.
Now, the bad: Way too many speakers. Way, way too many speakers. Most of them had a few minutes to speak at the most. And several of them did the standard protest rally speech, the kind I absolutely hate. I hate chanting. Hate it with the fire of a thousand suns. I hate call and response even more than I hate chanting. And when Elizabeth Cornwall had everyone shouting things at Congress, I couldn’t have cringed any harder if Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter made a sex tape. That kind of thing just makes my skin crawl.
And I kind of felt bad for Dan Barker, though I think his wound was largely self-inflicted. Dan is a great speaker and a great guy, but he likes to do some really cheesy anti-religion songs. Unfortunately, he did a few of them shortly after Tim Minchin performed and the contrast was as stark as it could possibly be. The effect was like an open micer following George Carlin on stage. Why he attempted to pull it off is beyond me.
Read the rest here.
*facepalm*, the Tennessee representative defending the monkey bill totally misses the point. It's not being afraid that science gets discussed, it's finding a controversy when there is none. The "monkey bill" is akin to teaching an Earth-centric view of the solar system, or to teach the "controversy" in germ theory. It is an absolutely ignorant view. What about challenging the kids minds by letting them make up their minds on the existence of Sasquatch?
Susan Jacoby was great!
Jamila Bey was great, too! Right on Jamila! If a politician's belief will have to do with how they will legislate.
Chris Hayes was WAY too wishy-washy. Good for Jamila not to allow Chris to interrupt her.