I feel entirely incapable of writing a summary of the Reason Rally. I may take a stab at it at some point: right now, all I have is a generalized cyclone of sensations and impressions. This was a life-changingly stunning event. I am exhausted, and exhilarated. I feel like I could sleep for twelve hours. I feel like I want to bounce out of bed and take on the world. My voice is still raspy. My smile muscles are aching.
All I have right now is a generalized cyclone of sensations and impressions… distilling into one idea.
If everyone who came to the Reason Rally does just one thing for atheism that they haven’t done before?
This movement will be radically changed.
If you came to the Reason Rally, and you do just one thing for atheism that you haven’t done before? If you tell one person that you’re an atheist? If you start wearing atheist T-shirts? If you start crossing “In God We Trust” off your money? If you start hanging out with your local atheist group? If you organize one event with the local atheist group you already hang out with? If you donate money to one atheist organization? If you run for public office as an out atheist? If you start re-tweeting things about atheism?
If you do just one thing for atheism that you haven’t done before… this movement will be radically changed.
If you came to the Reason Rally, and you feel inspired and joyful and raging and touched and motivated to get involved? If you didn’t come to the Reason Rally, but you wish you could have, and you’re reading reports about it and it’s making you want to be part of it?
Think of just one thing that you’re not already doing for atheism. And do it.
According to Park Service reports (or at least, according to rumors I heard about Park Service reports), there were 25,000 people at the Reason Rally. 25,000 atheists who were joyful and inspired and raging and touched and motivated enough to get in a car, get on a bus, get on a plane, get on the D.C. Metro, and stand around in the rain for eight hours, because they care about atheism. And I have no idea how many thousands of people dearly wished they could have come, and are feeling the energy from this event radiating out of D.C. and into their living rooms.
Let’s take that joy and inspirationn, that rage and connection — and let’s use it to drive action.
You don’t have to become a full-time professional atheist to make a difference. You don’t even have to make atheism your primary hobby. If everyone who came to the Reason Rally does just one thing for atheism that they’ve never done before? If everyone who wishes they could have come to the Reason Rally, and who’s feeling like they’re part of it just from reading and hearing about it, does just one thing for atheism that they’ve never done before?
This world will never be the same again.