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    Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:05pm

Atheists holding Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., this weekend

 
 

A billboard erected by atheists in Oklahoma City reads "Dont believe in God? Join the club." (AP Photo)

Richard Dawkins (AP/Manish Swarup)Richard Dawkins (AP/Manish Swarup)An organized group of atheists and some of the biggest voices from their movement will hold Reason Rally on The National Mall this weekend to raise awareness for their cause and to encourage members of Congress to respect their views.

"We need to stress to the theists that we are here," David Silverman, chairman of the rally committee and president of the American Atheists, told CNN's Belief Blog. "Atheism is growing in all 50 states. What people don't seem to understand is all we demand at American Atheists is equality."

Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins, arguably the most famous living atheist in the world, will headline the Reason Rally. Dawkins says he hopes the event will pressure members of Congress to respect the views of nonbelievers in America.

"The nonbelieving constituency has not been vocal enough, and it therefore has been politic for them to be ignored by their congressmen, by their senators," Dawkins said.

The event is advertised as the largest gathering of atheists in history, but reports of a gloomy weather forecast could significantly reduce the rally's participants. The National Parks Service says it is prepared for up to 30,000 participants, but Silverman told CNN that rain could cut that number down to 5,000.

Todd Stiefel, Founder of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation, is helping to cover about half of the event's estimated $300,000 in expenses.

And while there are plenty of critics of atheism, CNN reports the only group to have officially registered for a competing spot of land to protest the rally is the Westboro Baptist Church, a group infamous for its picketing of funerals of American servicemen and servicewomen.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:07pm
Didn't read the whole thing...but can they go sit their backsides down and stop protesting about something they claim not to believe in.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:09pm
I enjoyed it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:12pm
LMBO I was wondering why I was seeing so many white folks with atheist shirts and buttons

This one atheist woman was jamming to Drake on the metro about an hour ago lol

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:12pm
Lol, we were protesting all the religious dogma that makes its way into our laws.  They talked a lot about the war on women specifically.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:14pm
Originally posted by miana79 miana79 wrote:

 

 

will hold Reason Rally on The National Mall this weekend to raise awareness for their cause and to encourage members of Congress to respect their views.



Everytime I hear a republican making reference to the Bible, or some sort of Christian values when it comes to policy or bills, I always think, "what about the Atheists/Buddhists/Ceiling Cat lovers?" As a...well, Im not too sure where I stand in terms of religion at the moment, but as a non-atheist, I see no issue with it. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:16pm
Originally posted by Lilaca Lilaca wrote:

Didn't read the whole thing...but can they go sit their backsides down and stop protesting about something they claim not to believe in.



Seems like you didnt read at all...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:19pm
Not aethist but I would go if Trayvon didn't take all my energy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:21pm
Yeah, he was mentioned in a few speeches too.  The rapper that performed wore a black hoodie.  Heart
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 24 2012 at 7:21pm
Making separation of church and state a reality instead of a figment of our imagination would be nice.

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