I suppose I ought to preface my remarks here with one simple observation on my part: Never in my life have I ever been to an event this exciting with a crowd so energized. I have been to my fair share of large gatherings, such as sporting events, only to see fairweather fans skip out at the 7th inning stretch or bail at the first sight of rain. There was none of that here. From the opening remarks to the closing ceremonies ~20k atheists cheered, jeered, sang, and danced through the cold and the rain.
Leaving a religious lifestyle can be a hard thing. I will never deny this. You lose a support network, you have to think in ways you have never thought, and predominately on your own. This is why I think secular groups on campuses and in local communities are important, but that is a topic of another post. Still, the way in which one could describe this schism between you and your former life could draw upon parallels to breaking up with a significant other. What happens when poets and musicians go through breakups? They write albums. That is exactly what David Bazan, formerly of the Christian indie group Pedro the Lion, did.
Hey everyone! Our outreach department and friends are as busy as ever and getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C. to attend the Reason Rally. Center for Inquiry is a major sponsor and one of the founding sponsors for the event, so we are glad that so many people are planning on going. Also, I want to say that I am happy to see so many organizations working together. We might not want to admit it, but sometimes it can be difficult to get groups to coordinate (does the expression herding cats mean anything to you?), especially in such a big way. This is going to be epic!
So I watched a really crappy movie last night. Not only was it a crappy movie, it was a remake of a crappy movie. Perhaps you have heard of it? The abomination goes by the name Footloose. The original from 1984 featured Kevin Bacon and by this feature alone it is only marginally better than the one I saw last night. Anyway, there was a song that is featured in both movies originally by Kenny Loggins that goes by the same name as the title of the movie and is today's Music Monday song of the week!
Sorry to our regular readers about not posting many blog articles for the last week. Several of our outreach staff and I went to Orlando for the Moving Secularism Forward conference, and are still catching up. I took some notes while I was at the conference and want to share what I learned about Dr. Rita Swan.