In March of 2012, as estimated 20,000 atheists gathered in Washington, D.C. for the “Reason Rally,” reminding our elected officials that church/state separation matters, that atheists vote, and that they can’t ignore us any longer. Whether it had a significant effect on the political landscape is debatable, but I can tell you that most atheists I met there had never experienced anything like it before. They were surrounded by like-minded people for the first time in their lives and it was a transformational experience for them.
Seth Andrews had a wonderful recap of the experience here:
This weekend, as leaders of the country’s major secular groups gathered to discuss shared goals, a board was formed for the planning of a 2016 Reason Rally:
But all that discussion will take place down the road. The question facing the board now is whether there’s enough interest (and financial support) to make this event a reality a little over a year from now.
I’m sure if you have thoughts on the matter, they’ll see the comments below…