The March of Reason: A Film About Atheists, Science, the Reason Rally, and Reality

Scott Burdick, the filmmaker behind In God We Trust and Sophia Investigates The Good News Club, has released his latest movie on YouTube. And you’re going to want to watch the whole damn thing.

The March of Reason features a *lot* of familiar names from our movement talking about atheism, morality, the religious targeting of children, evolution, church/state separation, ridiculing faith, and so much more. It all revolves around the Reason Rally and the people and protesters who attended it (there’s fantastic backstage footage, too).

The entire film comes in five parts, each about an hour long, with the first two videos up right now and the next three parts going up next month. An edited 90-minute “documentary-style” version of the entire thing will be made and submitted to film festivals very soon.

I began watching this last night and, considering there’s hours of raw footage and a lot of it is just atheists speaking to the camera, I was captivated. It’s just a nice collection of soundbytes and religious crazytalk. It may get a bit repetitious if you watch all two available hours back-to-back, but I know I didn’t mind one bit.

About Hemant Mehta

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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pontes.bee Bia Pontes

    Amazing. I’ll certainly watch all documentaries. Thanks so much :)

  • John Brockman

    It won’t be done for another month? But I have five hours free *this* month!

    • Edmond

      Go back one post, there’s other ways to fill your free time….

  • lloydsev

    These videos are amazing! Watched both this morning and can’t wait for 3-5

  • Georgina Smyth

    Let us allow the religious to cling to their morality.
    We atheists have something better: Ethics.

  • http://www.facebook.com/adicusryangarton Adicus Ryan Garton

    Very interesting, but 5 hours is a bit much. The first hour was pretty good, though. Maybe I’ll wait for the 90 minute documentary version.

  • Edmond

    Unbelievable. What is the thought process (if any) for some of these people? No wonder we need to proclaim national days of reason. Some people have no idea how to use theirs.

    This exchange took place in the first video, starting at 30:51, as Robin Dyer (identified as a Fundamentalist Christian Preacher) was interviewed….

    Dyer: I don’t know. You can’t compare slavery & homosexuality, to me that’s immoral. It was like I said a while ago, slavery I wouldn’t classify as “immoral”, that doesn’t mean it’s right, but immoral to me is…

    Interviewer: So you’d say that homosexuality is worse than slavery.

    Dyer: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely I do. Mm-hm.

    Interviewer: And why is that?

    Dyer: (sigh) Well… number one the Bible strictly prohibits it, where it doesn’t strictly prohibit slavery. There you go.

    That’s so infuriating! What do these people think that the word “immoral” MEANS? Don’t they have a single, independent thought in the direction of logic or rational analysis? People like this woman should not be in a position of authority (and it seems that if she is a “fundamentalist”, then she should agree, based on what the Bible strictly prohibits about women).

  • http://twitter.com/InMyUnbelief TCC

    Hey, I know some of those people! Thanks for posting this, Hemant.

  • Mark Macdonald

    Looking forward to the next three parts. It’s very encouraging to see atheism have such a well organised movement and be so vocal. Whereas here in Britain where almost everyone is atheist or agnostic (not including the Muslim community), where you see churches being turned into houses, flats, venues, bars even boxing gyms our atheist voice is no way as loud and as proud as you guys are doing it in the US. I hope that some of your passion might rub of on us and reawaken the British atheists to defend our secular values.


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