A Successful Rally Outside the Texas State Capitol

At the Texas Freethought Convention this weekend, there was a rally outside the Capitol building built on the theme of inclusion — in politics, in the workplace, in families, etc.

It wasn’t a bad crowd either, with 450 attendees. Enough to scare off most passers-by, I assume :)

Jessica Ahlquist speaks at the Texas Freethought Convention rally

At the rally, renowned scientist Richard Dawkins read aloud what he calls discrimination in the Texas Constitution.

“Nor shall anyone be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a supreme being,” he said.

While carrying a political tone, organizers say the convention is meant to let other atheists in Texas know they are not alone. Like civil and gay rights, they hope atheism will be more accepted by mainstream America in the future.

Your News Now in Austin has several more images from the rally if you’re interested.

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