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 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

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