March 23, 2012 by David K. Sutton
Reason Rally: ‘The Largest Gathering Of The Secular Movement’
Tomorrow I will be braving the rain to attend the Reason Rally, which is being held on the National Mall in Washington D.C. from 10am to 6pm. It’s being billed as ‘The largest gathering of the secular movement in world history.” That sounds impressive, but I have no idea what it means! Does it mean 10,000? 50,000? 100,000? From what I’ve read, it might be closer to 10,000. For comparison, the Rally To Restore Sanity in October 2010 drew an estimated crowd of 200,000. I was also in attendance for that rally. It was shoulder to shoulder for the first couple of blocks back from the stage. Based on that experience I’m perfectly fine with the 10,000 estimate for tomorrow’s rally!
The Reason Rally is a movement-wide event sponsored by the country’s major secular organizations. The intent is to unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide, while dispelling the negative opinions held by so much of American society… and having a damn good time doing it!
It will be the largest secular event in world history. There will be music, comedy, great speakers, and lots of fun… and it’s free!
You don’t need to be agnostic or atheist to attend to the rally. If you are a freethinker and a rationalist then come on down! In fact, even if you are completely irrational, you are welcome too.
Guests include: Dr. Richard Dawkins (evolutionary biologist, author), Eddie Izzard (actor, comedian), Adam Savage (MythBusters), Bad Religion. See the full list of guests.
The Washington Post – Richard Dawkins speaks on Reason Rally (video)
I will have my DSLR with me and plan to take many photos that I will use to compile a photo essay post after the event. I might get a few photos posted from my smartphone live during the event, but I’m not making any promises!