Reason Rally 2016 Showcases Power of Nonreligious Voters

Feb 12, 2016

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By Reason Rally

Tens of thousands of people will gather at the Lincoln Memorial June 4, 2016, to show the world that reason, science, and freedom of belief are vital to Americans. Reason Rally 2016 is a celebration of fact-driven public policy, the value of critical thinking, and the voting power of secular Americans.

“The goal of Reason Rally 2016 is to show the presence and power of the nonreligious voting bloc, and to put reason back at the forefront of our public and political discourse,” said Lyz Liddell, executive director of Reason Rally 2016. “We want to excite and empower attendees about that message so they take it back home and apply it at the local and state levels.”

Participants will be joined by top-level scientists, entertainers, activists, and atheists who share their concern about the lack of critical thinking in public policy — NASA planetary expert Carolyn Porco, comedian and activist Margaret Cho, renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, and many more.

“If you told me there would be a major national event, where the largest number of nonreligious people ever to assemble will gather, and proclaim that they are concerned about the bold incursions of religious belief into the governance and future of our country and the principles on which it’s built, then I would surely make a point of being there,” said Porco, who is well known for her work on NASA’s Cassini Project to Saturn. “So, am I going to the Reason Rally in DC on June 4?  You bet I am!”

Non-believers are on the rise, and facts — not faith — are becoming more important to voters. A 2015 Gallup Poll [] found that among those between the ages of 18 and 24, 31% claim no religious affiliation. In the 45-49 age group, 16% are unaffiliated. A Pew study [] found that almost half of American adults do not care if a presidential candidate is an atheist.

Reason Rally 2016 will showcase the presence and power of the nonreligious voting bloc, and the desire of this significant bloc of voters to put reason at the forefront of our public and political discourse.

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One comment on “Reason Rally 2016 Showcases Power of Nonreligious Voters”

  • Yay Reason Rally! I’m going!

    Will Tim Minchin be there again for this one? He’s not on the official list yet. Come on Tim – don’t leave us in suspense any longer. Declare it!

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