Dr. Richard Dawkins, the world famous evolutionary biologist posed the question, “How have we come to this, where Reason needs a rally to defend it?” To base your life on reason means to base it on evidence and logic. Who could be against this?
Quite a few, actually. Does this sound familiar, “I don’t trust elitists who know more than I do”. How about, “I don’t want my kids studying modern science, I’d prefer them to stay home and study the bible” Well, what about, “When I am faced with something that I don’t understand, I assume it is a miracle”. Words like this were said by some of our current crop of presidential candidates — and people applauded!
Take a look at the pictures below. Click on the first picture on the left and you will see a full size slide show and will be able to read the captions. Enjoy.
In the words of the Reason Rally organizers, “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!” I, for one, had a great time. It is true that it was drizzling most of the time but it was great to be among fellow atheists and skeptics. The speakers were great! We had comedy in the form Tim Minchin – an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. His humor was on the topic of religion, and believe me, if you have any religious feeling at all you would have been offended and laughing hysterically at the same time.
We had Jessica Ahlquist. She is the successful plaintiff in the case of Ahlquist v. City of Cranston. See my blog of Jan. 15, 2012 . She is 16 years old, is a great speaker and has a bright future. At one point a state legislator in Rhode Island referred to Jessica as, “That evil little thing”. She told us how proud she was to be among so many “Evil little things”. We all hope that we could be as brave and “evil” as she was if a similar occasion should arise.
There was Greta Christina – a well known and respected blogger. Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, etc.
The list goes on and on. I won’t list them all but you can see the entire list at the “Reason Rally” website. They did not disappoint.
There were, of course, counter-demonstrators as well. These are people who assured us that we were not going to get into heaven if we did not see things their way. Everybody was respectful. There was no shouting but there were lots of discussions.
These demonstrators were adult homo sapiens, but, in my mind they were a perfect illustration of why there needs to be people on the Mall saying, “ENOUGH you idiots!”. These people were living proof that evolution did not happen to us all equally. These people were arguing the bible and, frankly, none of them seemed to be doing it with a full deck. They were fun to listen to but, at the same time, it was very sad. It was people like this who think that someone like Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and the like would be viable candidates for president of the US –to determine when and if we went to war, how to handle the economy, etc.
It was people like this who are refusing to give their kids vaccinations, home-schooling them because they “know” that the earth is only 5000 years old, who believe that the cave-men had dinosaurs as pets. I think I saw some of the craziest of the crazy.
My hope that more people will go home from this rally and become changed people. These atheists and skeptics who used to just be quiet and respectful should open up a little (or maybe a lot!), and let our politicians know that they have gone MUCH too far with this “god” stuff. I for one do not want my country taken back to the 18th century. The enlightenment has happened. The rest of the world has moved on. We should, too!
God, if you DO exist, please hear my prayer. I am OK with your enemies, but, please, please, please save me, and my country, from your followers.