On the National Mall, Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 24th.
It was a spirited time even in the rain. A lot of people delivered their A-game. Tim Minchin was most often cited as a favorite. His was certainly the most energetic performance. (Anybody know how I can get his song out of my head? …But a lovely ballad, that.)
Speakers, entertainers and the whole bill of faire moved along with about 15 minutes each to do their thing. Dawkins was sharp and none of the speakers seemed dampened by the weather.
It was also interesting to see the promotions for various up coming secular meets. Everyone I spoke to thought there are a lot more than there used to be. We all concurred that that’s a good thing. I hope there’s never a burn out factor with more meets than there’s interest in. For now, these things do seem to give us a sense of community, energize us, and help to raise our profile. That was the theme and urging of the Reason Rally–Come OUT. Be visible. Run for office. Get involved. We can stop hiding. Do it not only for those who will come after, but for us, here and now.
Thanks to Dayton Freethought for organizing the jaunt for us. I got to know a few more of their friendly faces and hope to know more and more as time goes by.(I sent my 20 bucks in.) The Rally bus we were on broke down about 2:30 am Sunday morning–which ended the sleep period because it stimulated a lot of punchy wit from the bus-lagged crowd. Fortunately, nobody thought to sing Tim Minchin’s song while we waited. (I think I heard that on Youtube a while back. Maybe that’s why it’s sticking with me so much.) A short five hours later, we were on the road again.
Anyway, it was all fun and for a good cause–OURS.
Our larger community is perking. It’s exciting. We have a future. Let’s make it happen.
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