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How big will the Reason Rally be?

I just booked two tickets for the Reason Rally bus and tickets were going fast.  There were only a few spaces left on the bus.  This may be a bigger turnout than I anticipated.

If you are a secular American and you’re tired of our government bowing to the religious who throw bronze age rules and regulations in your face, consider attending.  Richard Dawkins is going to speak as well as Adam Savage from Mythbusters, Greta Christina and many others.  The purpose of the rally is to demonstrate our numbers and that we can be a formidable voting bloc.  This voting bloc wants reason to prevail in the way we run our government, make our laws, educate our children and maintain our privacy.  You do not have to be a non-believer to attend this rally.  All that is required is a desire to protect the separation of church and state.

The attack on reason is gathering steam.  In addition to the new regulations on abortion and contraception sweeping the nation, Tennessee has just passed a Monkey Bill which will mandate that science classrooms teach that evolution and climate change are controversial subjects.  While reasonable people can debate the degree to which human activity contributes to global warming, there is nothing “controversial” about the subject of evolution.  It happened and continues to happen. I see it in the sequences I download and proteins I study every day.  There is no better evidence.  The only thing that is controversial about it is scientists’ opinion on why the religious right refuses to believe an incontrovertible truth.  Some say it’s stupidity, while people like me say it’s indoctrination.  It’s a controversy.  Can we discuss that in Tennessee classrooms?

And for those of you who just can’t get enough politics, here is a very informative video of Sean Faircloth, author of Attack of the Theocrats on the strategy for secular success.

Saturday: Sean Faircloth on the political fight against the Christian Right

I installed new lighting in my bathroom without electrocuting myself!  Whoop! Whoop!  Now, I can finish the sucker off.  Just need to finish up painting and replacing the faucets.   THAT should be fun.  What are the chances that I can do my own plumbing without recreating the Great Flood?

Anyway, I’m going to be a bit busy this weekend doing this home improvement stuff and some other job related stuff, like more endless applications and cover letters.  I see a lot of low level analytical flunky jobs like the kind I did when I first graduated.  Not my cup of tea anymore.  It’s too much like flipping burgers (no offense to burger flippers) and once you get used to 4 weeks of vacation, going back to two just doesn’t cut it.  But every once in awhile, a gem shows up in the list of dead end jobs.  So, I’m going to write a nice cover letter and see what happens.

In the meantime, I’ve been listening to podcasts while I spiff up the bathroom.  As I’ve mentioned before, the New Atheist movement seems to have sprung up in the last few years out of nowhere.  It’s got a lot of different coalitions and flavors and with the Reason Rally coming up on March 24, a more visible political presence.

The podcast I’m recommending for your listening pleasure today comes from the show Ask An Atheist based out of Tacoma, Washington.  This podcast from last year features Sean Faircloth, former Maine legislator who is now involved in representing secular interests in Washington, DC.  His take on the religious right and organizing a secular presence fills in a bit of the background of what is going on with our federal legislators and Obama administration.  One of the questions about the Obama administration is telling in the way Sean answers it.  Pay close attention.

Sean gives very good answers why secular people should organize as quickly as possible. Even if you are a religious person but strongly believe in the separation of church and state, you will want to get in on the act.  Sean makes a compelling case and explains why your perfectly reasonable representative votes the way he or she does.  Time to change that.

(Why is it that so many of the regulars on these radio shows look like linux system administrators?  Strange…)

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Other things of interest: I would LOVE to have one of these in my backyard.  The Vorizo model costs about $14000.  Now, which of my kids do I have to sell for this and how do I schlepp it back to the northeast from British Columbia?

Katiebird could visit and stay in my gypsy caravan!  How cool would that be?

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