Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Reason Rally

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Reason number 10 to attend the Reason Rally on March 24 in Washington: Ben’s Chili Bowl! Check it out at 1213 U Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The best chili since 1958. Now you can eat where the President eats!

Reason number 9: D.C. ain’t that far away! With gas prices as they are, why not take a vacation close to home – make a weekend out of it.

Reason number 8: Have coffee and bagels at Hugh’s home before going down to the rally. We live a pleasant half-mile walk from the Takoma Metro which can whisk you down to within a half mile of the rally in 14 minutes. We aren’t far from I-95, and it’s much easier to park near our house than to park downtown. RSVP to leader@bmorethical.org so that I have enough coffee and bagels!

Reason number 7: This may be the world’s largest gathering of freethinkers and non-believers! (Yea, you could be a little part of history.)

Reason number 6: The excitement of the unexpected: With so many freethinkers in one place, you never know what may happen!

Reason number 5: This is a great chance to explain to others what is unique about Ethical Culture – our focus on deed before creed, our explicit non-theism, our naturalistic humanism, our congregational warmth, and the support we give each other and our relationships. As a movement, Ethical Culture shares many values with our friends who identify as atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, engaged Buddhists, Unitarian Universalists, deists, secular humanists, and more. But we are a distinct and unique lineament in humanism that should be better understood. This is our chance to be ambassadors for Ethical Culture!

Reason number 4: Sightseeing! (Have you seen the new MLK Jr. memorial yet?)

Reason number 3: It’s a great opportunity to remember all the other great moments on the National Mall, such as King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, numerous civil rights marches, and the inauguration of many presidents.

Reason number 2: There is a great lineup of speakers – including Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth; Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters; PZ Myers, blogger at Pharyngula; Taslima Nasrin, activist for gender equality, free thought, and human rights and author of more than thirty books; Lawrence Krauss, author, most recently of the New York Times bestseller A Universe From Nothing: Why There is Something Rather Than Nothing; Hemant Mehta, “The Friendly Atheist” and chair of Foundation Beyond Belief; David Silverman, President of American Atheists; Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association; and Rep. Pete Stark, the first openly atheistic member of Congress.

The number one reason to attend the Reason Rally: Reason is a good thing! For more information visit reasonrally.org.

Hugh Taft-Morales

Leader at the Baltimore Ethical Society
Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia.

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