I’m Off to the Reason Rally

I’ll be leaving soon for a bit of vacation and then I’ll attend the Reason Rally in Washington D.C. on March 24, “the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history.”

After that, it’s the American Atheists National Convention (March 25–6), also in Washington.

If you’re attending too, I hope to bump into you. Say hello if you see me.

And if you’re in the Seattle area, the Northwest Freethought Conference featuring Richard Dawkins as keynote speaker will be held March 31–April 1.

I have blog posts queued up for the next couple of weeks while I’m gone, so come back often, but I won’t be able to respond to comments very well.

I’m looking forward to telling you about it when I return!

Faith is superstition disguised as virtue
— Pat Condell

9 thoughts on “I’m Off to the Reason Rally

  1. The “reason rally” boy what an oxymoron . Like the athesit ( who does reason) can account for reason? All reason is in the athesit worldview is chemicals and atoms bouncing around in his brain from random chance mutations.

    • If your point is that science has unanswered questions, I agree.

      What’s especially odd is that you approach your point as if you have a better justification for reason. “My god invented reason!” is a groundless assertion that does nothing to advance your position.

  2. To all,

    It’s funny, but a bit irritating how atheists have made “reason” into their motto and their standard (standard in the sense of flag). As if believers were supposed to lack reason. As if atheists were, by definition, more rational… But maybe I am unfair to them.

    Of course believers are no better when they say that they are God’s favorites and that atheists are lost souls.

    • As if believers were supposed to lack reason. As if atheists were, by definition, more rational…

      As an atheist, I appeal to the reason that I know theists possess. If I didn’t think they had it, I wouldn’t even bother.

      It seems to me most theists are more than happy to use reason to reject all other religions but their own.

      • Hi Retro,

        Yes, of course that atheists think that believers have reason: all normal people have reason. Still, it seems to me that atheists tend to think that believers somehow are unwilling to use it because they are, reportedly, blinded by faith…

        • Still, it seems to me that atheists tend to think that believers somehow are unwilling to use it because they are, reportedly, blinded by faith…

          How do you explain the difference of opinion between believers and non-believers?

          How do you explain the differences between believers?

    • RF2:

      The faithful use reason all the time, just like anyone else … except when it comes to faith. Why turn off reason then?

  3. Hi Retro,

    Sometimes the difference is not due to a lack of reasoning on one side, but on valid reasoning that uses sources different from the other side and puts its trust in different people. In other words, a believer and an atheist can be both rational, because each one relies on his/her own authorities and own theoretical framework. Which does not mean that both can be right.

    • In other words, a believer and an atheist can be both rational, because each one relies on his/her own authorities and own theoretical framework.

      This is why I often argue from Scripture.

      Even when using the same authorities, theists still can’t agree.

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