A lot of people talking about how they will definitely “…be at next year’s Reason Rally.” It is very important to note that the Reason Rally is NOT an annual event. Having it every year would take away the point of it. From inception to finish it was just over three years of planning. It would be great to have one every year, but it’s not feasible nor is it necessary – an annual event removes the potency of what was accomplished by 20K+ people on The Mall.
Blair Scott, Communications Director of American Atheists, shared it to his own wall and added this:
The potency and message of the Reason Rally would be lost if it were an annual event. Not too mention all the planners would go insane trying to do it every year. It is not something you throw together at the last minute.
Ex-preachers, now out of the closet as atheists, on the stage at the 2012 American Atheists annual convention. Blair Scott, Communications Director of American Atheists and MC of the conference, is in the white jacket at left.
I posted the following, and decided to cross-post it to the SASHA blog for archival & sharing purposes:
I agree, Blair. The Reason Rally was a rally, not a conference. The  AA conference directly followed it, yes, but they were separate events. The point of a rally is to raise awareness and get people fired up about a cause, which the Reason Rally accomplished. Now it’s up to us – the attendees, and those who agree with the message of it – to kick our activism into the next gear.
This will certainly mean more conferences, but unless we have a future need to raise awareness on the national level AGAIN about the existence & prevalence of atheists in the USA, then another rally is the incorrect tool for the job.
We should think of this the way we think of The Great March on Washington on August 28, 1963. This was the event where MLK gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. It was the event which was credited with helping to get the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed. It was a one-time thing. Clearly our country’s problems with discrimination and related things didn’t disappear overnight (and many are still here), but there was never another Great March and there could never be another one. It’s purpose was fulfilled on that day in 1963.
The Reason Rally was our Great March. It’s purpose was to bring up the topic of atheism. We have accomplished this. Now it’s time to do on-the-ground activism. Now it’s time to blog, bring guest speakers to campuses, grow our student groups, grow our local groups, get more atheists running for office, and so on. The Reason Rally fulfilled its purpose. Now it’s our turn. See you guys in Austin! 😉
The bit at the end refers to the fact that at the 2013, American Atheists will host it’s 50-anniversary conference in Austin, Texas. SASHA will be going, and we’d love to see you guys there!
More about the Reason Rally, including lots of pics, is coming soon.
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