The Reason Rally Has a Date!

The details are starting to come out about the Reason Rally — a major gathering of atheists/Humanists/etc on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The website is still in its infancy and there’s no official word yet about who will be speaking at the event, but you can at least block out the right day on your calendar.

The Rally will take place on Saturday, March 24th, 2012.

More info coming soon… in the meantime, the Reason Rally Twitter feed will give you all the information about the event as it comes out!

  • meko

    Woo-hoo! Let the groping, cornering and following begin!

  • Steve

    At least there won’t be many elevators around

  • meko

    Just stay away from hotels where the other atheists are staying or make sure you have a male escort.

  • Sackbut

    A whole three weeks before the Global Atheist Convention in Australia!

  • Michael

    Neato, something near me. Its always a pain in the ass to get into DC for a big event though. :\

  • Erin

    Too bad I’ll be in Michigan for a conference, this is something I would consider spending the money on, I love D.C.

  • NotYou007

    I don’t miss living in Maryland at all but when you live in Maine you get to miss out on a lot of the good stuff.

  • TikiCricket

    1) All right!

    2) OK, we get it, guys. Lucky you, having never been concerned for your well-being while being propositioned in an elevator at 4 AM. The groping, cornering and following isn’t so funny when you actually experience it and recognize how disturbingly common it is.

  • meko

    Nah, I’m just one of the women who’ve been to these things and want to let the “fresh meat” know what they’re in for. I was being sarcastic.

  • jenea

    Here’s the question: is it better to get there a few days early, or stay a few days late?

  • Richard Wade

    I’ll be there. It’s a challenge coming from California, but I enjoyed the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear so much, I wouldn’t miss this.

  • NotYou007

    Here’s the question: is it better to get there a few days early, or stay a few days late?

    Both and you can take in some of the awesome free museums before and after. Just don’t eat at any of the museums. A hamburger, fries and drink will set you back 25 dollars.

  • Matthew

    I can’t wait to see the hatemail about this!

  • Erik T

    Hopefully we can do much better than the 3000 or so of us who made it to the GAMOW http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godless_Americans_March_on_Washington

    Consider the huge strides the atheist movement has made in the decade since then, I’m sure this will blow it out of the water. GAMOW was a lot of fun, though!

  • ACN

    As a resident of the DC metro area, I will be in attendance.

  • Annie

    @Meko- Is it really that bad? I’m considering bringing my preteen daughter.

    • Adamsanto87

      I’ve never, ever experienced this!

  • meko

    I’ve been to three atheist events. At all of them there was “accidental” brushing against my breasts and behind. When called on it, there was an “oops” and others in the group would say things like “he’s socially awkward and has trouble remembering to maintain an appropriate distance”.

    I was followed to my car after two of the three events.

    This the behavior of a minority of men, but was present at all events. It was also defended in the name of keeping the peace by pretty much everyone I mentioned it to.

    I think you’d probably be more in danger of being hassled than your daughter. The fact that you’re together might blunt the worst of it. I wouldn’t go as a single woman, though, because I just don’t think it’s worth the hassle. In my experience, the face-to-face atheist community tends to remind me of Mad Men without the fashion sense when it comes to how women are treated.

    You can read the recent threads about Elevator Guy, Rebecca Watson and Richard Dawkins for more details.

  • Claudia

    @Meko- Is it really that bad? I’m considering bringing my preteen daughter.

    With the huge caveat that I have no direct experience with atheist events, I don’t see that it would be a problem. Your daughter is a child, and hence sexual harrasement would only come into play with a pedophile. There is absolutely no reason to think there are any more of those in the atheist community than any other community (and stranger-danger is ridiculously overblown most of the time). I think that keeping an eye on her and not letting her wander far would be a good rule, just like when you take a child to any event, but I don’t think the issues women raise (and some men and even women would like to pretend are fabricated) are applicable to a child.

  • NotYou007

    Is it really that bad? I’m considering bringing my preteen daughter.

    Annie if I do make the trip my 13 year old daughter will be with me as well and I’m not going to worry about someone touching her. This whole paranoia is starting to get out of hand.

  • Annie

    Thanks all. I’ve followed the elevator “incident” and aftermath, until I could take no more. Honestly, I would think it would be like any other big event. I’ve taken my daughter all over the world, and we’ve managed just fine. Hell, we even survived MegaCom. I think we can handle the DC mall.

    Notyou007- If we do go, and you do too, it would be fun to meet up.

  • meko

    Your preteen daughter isn’t likely to be in any bars. There’s nothing to worry about family events that you wouldn’t worry about anywhere else.

    But if she were ten years older, I’d advise her not to go to atheist events alone.

    I’ve taken the eL (Chicago) home late at night and feel much safer than I did at atheist events in pubs. But I don’t think the guys are going to events where children are in hopes of getting laid.

  • NotYou007

    Notyou007- If we do go, and you do too, it would be fun to meet up.

    It would be nice to visit my sister in Maryland for a couple of days so maybe I’ll start saving for the event but it would be cool to meet up if we both do go. If you desire you can e-mail me at atheist1970@gmail.com and we will go from there.

  • Joe

    Unfortunately, the reflecting pool is drained now, and the National Parks Service predicts it to be drained until Spring 2012. Wanted to give you a heads up that recreating that picture will not be possible :(

    I was just in DC a few weeks ago.

    Edit: Herp derp, March is Spring of 2012. Hopefully it will be complete and filled on time. Best of luck!

  • http://www.nowhere-fast.net Tom

    Good deal, this event will dovetail perfectly with my birthday. Early present for this guy.


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