Camels With Hammers At The Reason Rally

So next weekend is, of course, the Reason Rally in Washington, DC. If you can make it, please consider doing so as it is a huge opportunity for American atheists nationwide to make our presence known in our capitol—a place where, in the 21st Century, secularism is increasingly and appallingly treated like a dirty word (unless Muslim countries are being described). It’s time that those of us committed to the separation of church and state and who stand for secular values even in the private realm get counted.

I am particularly excited as this will be my first atheist convention or rally of any kind. I am eager to meet many of my fellow Freethought Blogs colleagues who will be there. I am especially excited that I will be rooming for the weekend with Richard Wade, my favorite atheist blogger and the author of Friendly Atheist‘s “Dear Richard” column. There will be a Freethought Blogs/Friendly Atheist after party immediately following the rally. And the night before the rally Richard and I will be attending a dinner together. We will be at the rally very early Saturday morning so I should probably not make ambitious plans for Friday night after that dinner. And I am not sure what will happen in terms of an after-after-party on Saturday night

Sunday, however, I am free so far. I do not think I will attend the American Atheists convention unless there is a discounted rate for people not staying over in the hotel and who can only attend one day. I will catch the 10pm Amtrak out of D.C. on Sunday night. Will any Camels With Hammers readers still be around D.C. on Sunday and interested in getting together at some point? If so, please discuss possibilities in the comments and/or write me about them. I am open to ideas. I don’t know anything about D.C. except that the President lives there. (If you are a Camels With Hammers reader,  Mr. President, I would be especially interested in meeting you and would work around your schedule as the highest priority, so just say the word.)

If you would like to meet up at the rally, be in touch via Facebook or gmail with your contact information. I am thinking of possibly working out some system to let people who express interest in meeting up with me know where I am throughout the rally via text message in case where I am is at all accessible. I really don’t know much about what to expect and can’t promise anything but if you want in on such a thing, let me know.

If you are looking for me at the rally, you should be forewarned I no longer look much like I do in the photo in my profile. I leave that up because it is easier on you readers, not because it is accurate. If you are looking for me in D.C. you’re looking for someone who looks more like this guy:

Except that I do not always blend in with neighboring furniture. Sometimes. But not always. I’m not a chameleon-man. And if all goes according to plan, I will probably have shorter hair.

In case I am still unrecognizable, even if you’re looking for me based on this real live up to date March 2012 photograph, Hank is making a lanyard with my name and my more familiar picture on it, so you can alternately look for the guy wearing this snazzy looking thing:

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • deanbuchanan

    I look forward to meeting you and shaking your hand Daniel. Your posts are thought provoking and those who comment add a lot to the discussion.

    A couple of thoughts:
    I work down near the mall and the phone networks can sometimes get overwhelmed during big events, especially near the Washington Monument which is also near the White House. There is some seriously high-tech security bandwidth filtering (and probably snooping) around the area.

    Also, the cherry blossoms should be approaching their full glory that weekend. You should take a stroll around the tidal basin either early Saturday or early Sunday. You will be able to see it from near the Washington Monument.

    Definitely visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museums Hall of Human Origins, it is fantastic. That, too, is located right near there.

    I guarantee that the whole area will be very crowded and it will be difficult to find everyone so I’m glad you’ll be carrying a big ‘here I am’…

  • http://criticallyskeptic-dckitty.blogspot.com Katherine Lorraine, Chaton de la Mort

    I’ll be there in a huge group of Pharyngulistas! We’ll be camped near the American History Museum somewhere.

  • John Morales

    The National Mall is your capitol?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathie1212 kathieleyko

    I will be attending as well and this will also be my first time at such an event. I am very much looking forward to connecting with others and making some new contacts. I would be honored to catch up with and shake your hand as well… Aw forget the handshake…..I’ll give ya a big hug :) I will FB inbox my info to you and maybe see ya there. As usual, your blogs are always insightful and thought provoking…. Thanks Dan


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