Wise words from Alonzo Fyfe for anyone writing about, speaking at, or attending the Reason Rally:
I would suggest that you go the Reason Rally with the intent of saving lives and reducing suffering that spring from actions founded on beliefs that are simply unreasonable.
This is for the people who suffer and die because they find themselves surrounded by people who accept primitive bigotries and superstitions and who act on them in ways that are harmful.
We are talking about honor killings and exorcisms to drive out demons, and parents withholding life-saving medical treatment from young children because they have fallen into some faith-healing cult that shuns science and modern medicine. Some of these children die. Others suffer permanent damage. Is this not worth complaining about?
If you are going to the Reason Rally — or if you are writing about it — please do so with an eye firmly fixed on the goal of saving lives, easing suffering, giving people the liberty to pursue their one and only life in this universe untrammeled by primitive superstition. Make those objectives known. And do not let critics and opponents distract you from those worthy goals.
A lot of people have different reasons for going to the Rally, and lot of Christian groups will be protesting there, trying to distract us, but if we can stay focused on messages like this one, it’ll be hard for the media to ignore it and even harder for atheists to leave the rally uninspired and not willing to take action.