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The Thinking Atheist made this nifty recap video of the Reason Rally
Damn, I love his voice.
The video gets really powerful at the 1:40 mark.
Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
Wow, that video actually brought a tear to my eye. Damn you Seth!
The video had an ad to this poll pop up…Should marriage be between a man and a women? There is no way to see how many people voted for anything, I guess it’s more of a petition.
Hemant, you’ve made it! You’re a “so many other”! That’s… that’s like Professor and Mary Ann!
But yeah, actually a damn good (a ha ha) video. Very nicely done, and I like his questions about why national media was conspicuously absent. Thanks for the link!
I think the national media let this go because it’s one thing to scare people with war and mayhem, it’s another to scare the living shit out of them with the simple truth.
It’s hard for a grown up to tell a child there’s no santa so most are content to let the kids come to that realization by themselves. Also, since most of these “grown ups” still believe in santa themselves, they’re not equipped for the discussion.
Denial – first stage of grief – I know I keep harping on that, but I think it’s a valid framework. After all, what reaction do you get most readily from a believer when you challenge their faith – step 2: anger. Fine – let’s get on with it then. Let them get angry if it’ll help them get over the fairy tales. Violence – no – but anger is natural. Hopefully they’ll direct the anger towards the appropriate agencies – the people who lied to them all these millennia.
Fabulous video! And the back of my head is in it. Woohoo!
My wife and I at 2:09!
A phenomenal and inspiring video.
Beautifully done. Also, I would suggest that the reporters weren’t there because they see news in the U.S. through a Christian lens. Some of the reporters themselves might not be Christian, but I’ll bet they write for “vaguely Christian” audiences, and a story about the Reason Rally isn’t something likely to garner much appreciation.
Yes, a very well-made video! Interestingly enough, many Christians see the media as secularly inclined and biased against Christianity. It’s all in the point of view, evidently, but I think everyone can agree that the media is definitely not unbiased! : )
Though, if fairness/justice is relative, if there’s no higher standard…I guess we shouldn’t care one way or the other.
Yeah, the media is biased against Christianity. I guess that’s why in articles about teaching evolution in schools, they only talk to actual scientists and they never give an inordinate amount of time to Christians who don’t actually understand the science…oh wait.
Forget that example. The media is obviously biased against Christianity when it reports about glbt rights. I never see them interviewing Christians about their views on why somebody else shouldn’t have equal rights…er, strike that one out too.
Actually, right now I can’t seem to think of any anti-Christian bias in the news. In fact I’m pretty sure that any time thousands of Christians rally on the National Mall, it counts for headline news. But really, there’s tons of Christian, I mean, ANTI-Christian bias in the news. You guys just have to trust me on this one.
That actually choked me up. Nicely done.
I wish I could have gone. Maybe next year.
They are not doing it next year or in the next 5 years. There is a good chance it will never be done again.
I think enough people liked it to volunteer to put it on again. I would, A ten dollar contribution to register would ensure the viability of this fabulous event every year. And that would let each person get a program of the schedule of events.
The Rally was great! I got to meet James Randi, he was staying at the same hotel and we had breakfast as neighbors. My son asked me if he was Charles Darwin.
Over the top to claim that thousands of people standing together on a lawn listening to big-name speakers who use the same tired old arguments is a sign of these people being “individuals” and “thinking for themselves,” but whatever. They aren’t any more “indivdual,” or thinking for themselves any more than people in churches are.
I don’t know Dan, maybe you have a point. All ages and cultures coming together in solidarity over a certain set of principles. Sounds sheeplike to me as well. How did they come to their beliefs Dan? Ancient dogma? Indoctrination and suspension of critical thinking? It’s ironic that someone who professes to be part of a 2000 year old cult would accuse atheists of using the ‘same old tired arguments’. Every person of non-faith I have ever met, has come to their own conclusions, in their own time. Most were raised in a religious environment, and attended church in compulsory fashion. The one hallmark of all these people is that they ‘thought’ themselves into their current position on theology and secularism. Open your mind, or find another bridge Danny. This rally/video gave me a sense of community I rarely get to experience, and it was quite cathartic. You are killing my happy vibe.
Sounds like somebody who wasn’t there and didn’t actually talk to the people there.
I got a picture with The Thinking Atheist and posted it on Facebook. He’s really nice in person and he was fun to talk to for a while.
If the U.S. and the world is to actually have a viable, thriving future, this is a snapshot of what it would look like.
Excuse me, Mr. Thinking Atheist? Are you doing voice work for commercials or documentaries? If not, you’re depriving the world! I would listen to you read the phone book!
Actually, MSNBC had a good follow up Sunday Morning on the Up With Chris Hayes show. Dawkins was a guest, as well as a pastor who came out as atheist. The program should still be on the MSNBC site.
Any other rally of this magnitude would have garnered live coverage though. Why wasn’t there any live coverage?
Damn, I wish I could have gone. Little bit of a haul from Arizona, but so cool.
Also, my son (10, does not wish to label himself but thinks “freethinker” is a pretty apt description) just yesterday asked why we don’t know any other freethinkers (that we see in person), and are there many others like us out there? Best timing ever. Thanks for posting this.
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Towards the end, I was expecting to hear the words…please give just £2.50 per month and you can give athiests a chance to drink fresh water etc. The irony is, you could probably put this on the God channel and people wouldn’t blink an eye lid…its that bad. Make no mistakes…The secularist movement is becoming more and more religious and It wouldn’t suprise me if this guy doesn’t have a shrine dedicated to Richard Dawkins somewhere. lol
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