Christians Protesting at the Reason Rally

March 4, 2012

If you need one more reason to join us at the Reason Rally in Washington DC on March 24th, here's another:

Christians unhappy about this huge display of rationality are planning to attend, too.  A sampling of their announced plans:
Let's welcome any religious believers to our Rally.  If you happen to meet them, greet them with a simple question: "What's your reason?"  When you can't make sense of their answer, just reply with "Where's your reason?"  These "Faith-sayers" could use a dose of reality from us "Nay-sayers."
As for me, I look forward to civil conversations with Christians about the role of religion in public life.  Don't let any Christian tell you that secularism is about forcing religious people out of politics -- this is still a democracy, and everyone should vote.  Tell them that secularism really means no government favoritism towards religion.  Your religious liberty isn't a license to control other peoples' lives.
Of course, the best reason to attend the Reason Rally is its terrific line-up of speakers. See you there!


#1 Rebecca A. Scott-Bugher (Guest) on Sunday March 04, 2012 at 9:37am

I plan to carry a banner that reads, “I’m NOT anti-religion, I’m just PRO stay-the hell-out-of-my-politics”  I’m not the only atheist I know, but this segment of society in my small corner of the world is very miniscule.  I’m hoping this brings the closet atheist out to protest religion seeping into every corner of the political realm.

#2 Alison S (Guest) on Sunday March 04, 2012 at 10:15am

When confronted, ask why are you against reason?

#3 Paul Simons (Guest) on Sunday March 04, 2012 at 12:24pm

Doesn’t the picture tell you everything that you need to know. “Ask me why you deserve hell”?  Seriously? That this man unfortunately represents the the thoughts of the vast majority of the Christians that I know is undeniable.  This is exactly the mind set that drove me out of church and away from the Christianity that both of my Grandfathers preached.  There is beauty and truth in Christianity as there is all religions that I have looked into, but what American Christianity suffers from is a Arrogance and a lack of basic respect for other view points.

#4 Tom Gilson (Guest) on Sunday March 04, 2012 at 1:27pm

As one of the bloggers you linked to here, I want to thank you, John, for the word of welcome. You have my email address with this comment. If I can make to the rally, which depends on my recovering on time from a foot surgery, I’d like to meet you there for at least a moment to say hi. Thanks again.

#5 Tom Gilson (Guest) on Sunday March 04, 2012 at 1:34pm

P.S. Your headline here says “Christians protesting. . . ”

That word has no precise technical definition, I suppose, but what it connotes is something very different from what our group is planning to do there. We’re actively discouraging others from bringing picket signs.

The t-shirt you have pictured here is the furthest thing from what I or other leaders of this effort have in mind. If I saw it there I would ask the person holding it to be more aware of how offensive it is, and to put a jacket over it. Do you think it stinks? So do I.

We have no intention of being disruptive. It’s an outdoor event, and we know that at least on the edges there will be people conversing. That’s what we plan to do there. You might call that a protest, but as I said, it doesn’t fit the usual connotations of the word.

#6 Jim (Guest) on Monday March 05, 2012 at 11:44am

Be careful with what you say when you confront these people or when they confront you. I guarantee you that many of them will have video cameras in hopes of catching someone off guard and posting a “gotcha” video on YouTube. Not that we won’t outwit them by and large, of course.

#7 L.Long (Guest) on Monday March 05, 2012 at 5:45pm

Laugh at them or ask them why we are going to hell and record them replying and post it on utube.  Bet they would like that much as their statements will look pretty silly.

#8 F. Bacon (Guest) on Friday March 09, 2012 at 6:49pm

I have no intention of engaging them.  I have plenty of neighbors I could argue with at home.  This is going to be our day, and mine away from the irrationality that encompasses us daily.

#9 R OBrien (Guest) on Saturday March 10, 2012 at 9:53am

“Christians unhappy about this huge display of rationality[sic]...”

That is what you are billing it as, but in reality it will be a horde of noxious mediocrities with just enough of learning to misquote, who think, for example, that babbling incoherently about the ontology of virtual particles refutes the cosmological argument, that reciting “existence is not a predicate” refutes modal ontological arguments, that Hume’s maxim functions like a apotropaic talisman, etc.

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