Star power was added to the upcoming Reason Rally this week, as it was announced that A-list actor Johnny Depp will be speaking at the event. The rally already had names such as Bill Nye, Julia Sweeney, James Randi, Kelly Carlin, Margaret Cho, and Richard Dawkins on the bill, but Depp is certain to bring the event to another level, attracting many fans who might not otherwise have been motivated for a trip to D.C. The Reason Rally is slated for June 4, taking place on the Mall in Washington. I hear through the grapevine that more big names might be announced as well — stay tuned!
Check out the Reason Rally 2016 web site here.
Several of the nation’s largest secular groups are joining forces to sponsor another Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. Like the first Reason Rally in 2012, the event will be a celebration of secularity, with a festival atmosphere and a lineup of speakers and entertainers. Tens of thousands of seculars from all over the country and beyond attended the 2012 event (including yours truly), which was a great success despite being held in March with raw, damp weather.
The 2016 Reason Rally is scheduled for June 4, and promises to bring out an even bigger crowd. The rally takes place at the Lincoln Memorial, on the Mall with the Capitol in the background. The idea of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers coming out in numbers and marching on Washington would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, so the rally has to be seen as a sign of the increased visibility of the secular demographic. To stay up-to-date on new announcements about the speakers and other details, follow the Reason Rally on Facebook. I’ll be posting more about it here from time to time as well.
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David Niose is author of the bestselling books Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason and Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of...