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 editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • 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!

  • lloydsev

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

  • Edmond

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

  • Georgina Smyth

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

  • 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).

  • TCC

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