I had the amazing experience of being part of history – I attended the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2012.
The purpose of this rally was simply to give a voice to those of us who are non-theists. We are atheists, we are agnostics, we are secular humanists, we are free thinkers.
We are reasonable.
The most amazing part is that there were ~20,000 people in the crowd – in the rain!
I didn’t get to see everyone – it was my first trip to DC so my friend LouFCD and I wandered around to various monuments/and memorials in addition to watching the big name folks who spoke. And when we walked down to the Lincoln Memorial, we could hear the crowd cheering all the way from the rally!
Tim Minchin was, hands down, my favorite. He performed “Confessions” – dedicating it to Rebecca Watson (hands down, the absolute best thing he could have possibly done), a new song called Thank You God (can’t find a video of this one), the Pope Song (check out the interpreter in this one – she was AWESOME), If I Didn’t Have You, and Storm. I literally jumped up and down when I found out he was going to do Storm.
I think it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was eye-opening. I really am not alone in the world. It’s one thing to interact online with the atheist community, but to see this crowd in the flesh was paradigm-shifting. I also got to meet my longtime online friend TechSkeptic, which has been 5 years in the making!
All in all, I am so happy I went. It’s sad that the secular movement had to have a rally like this, but it was quite the experience.
I will leave you with this Tim Minchin song – one I wish he had performed at the rally, but didn’t.