The “Reason Rally” was promoted as the largest single gathering of secular people in the world – ever. As the day got closer it became clear (thanks to the always improving science of meteorology) that the weather would vary from raining hard to barely raining, with the ever-present threat of lightning all day. (Of course, the constant threat of lightning bolts is pretty much assumed at a gathering like this, right?!) The good news is, in spite of comedian Eddie Izzard’s taunting the sky gods to deliver some indication of their presence, no lightning (or even a distant rumble of thunder) ever came. And in spite of the rainy day that everyone knew was coming, an estimated 25,000 people still came. Just imagine how many more would’ve been there if it had been a continuation of the beautiful week of sun and upper-70′s that had preceeded it!
Yes, the Reason Rally on March 24, 2012 was definitely a success for everyone involved, and for the country in general. The primary purpose of the Rally was to promote separation of church & state and one of the main methods of doing this was to encourage people without religious convictions to “come out of the closet” and let their voices be heard. With more and more non/anti-religious books becoming best sellers over the past few years, and the growing movement of people across the internet promoting a more rational, science-based worldview, the numbers of people identifying themselves as religious worldwide, and even in America, has been falling. So a rally like this was meant to help people take the step from “not religious” to “actively” not religious, to get their voices heard and taken seriously by government.
As a supporter of science and reason, I was excited to attend this event. Both to “say I was there,” and to see the phenomenal lineup of speakers and musicians who braved the weather (in spite of the blowing rain drenching them on stage). I was there for the full 8 hours, and from what I could see, it was clear that a good time was had by all, and nobody on or off stage really complained about the rain.
What follows is a few photos I took throughout the day to document the festivities. It’s far from complete, due to the frequent heavy rains, but whenever the rain would let up a little I snapped a few shots. Here are some of my favorites. Hope to see you there next year!
Thanks for a great time everyone!