Reason Rally … not quite
|March 20, 2012||Posted by News under Culture, Atheism, Free Speech, News|
Hip hip, Major premise!
Hip hip Minor Premise!
Yay! Yay! Yay!
Uh, no. Not if you go by supporter group Deep Fried Thinkers (March 19, 2012),
Responding at the Reason Rally: There’s been a bit of upset in the secular community about some of the people invited to speak at the Reason Rally. Some people don’t think Bill Maher should be speaking because of his vaccine denial, support for alternative medicine, and allegedly misogynistic views. Others are unhappy that Senator Tom Harkin will be speaking because he’s a Catholic and a big friend to alt med as well. I even saw that some are unhappy that Laurence Krauss will be there because of his defense of a pedophile.
Wow. Maybe it was wiser not to hold a Reason Rally if all this unsorted stuff comes tumbling out of the laundry basket at once … ?
Meanwhile, Hey Hey, Ho Ho
Contradiction gotta go …
Also, True Reason’s Tom Gilson contacted a key organizer to ask if there could be a dialogue component (Dawkins vs. Craig is preferred), and received the reply,
Make no mistake – you are not welcomed guests at the rally. We are not going to DC for ‘dialogue’ with people who believe ridiculous things – we are going to have fun with other like-minded people. Those who proselytize or interfere with our legal and well-deserved enjoyment will be escorted to the 1st Amendment pen by security, which will be plentiful, where you can stand with the Westborough Baptists and shout yourselves hoarse.
Spreading out among the crowd is not a substitute for a permit. Indeed, I will be meeting with the Parks Commission on Thursday to discuss how to handle your infiltrative permitless counter-protest.
Dr. Dawkins has made it clear that he doesn’t want to debate Mr. Craig. I am not sure how much clearer he (or I) could be.
Fun with other like-minded people … yay
“Spreading out among the crowd is not a substitute for a permit”? So far as we know, spreading out in a crowd for free speech purposes is a constitutional right in the United States, if not an inevitability.
Hey Hey Ho Ho
Constitution gotta go?
This is something the news desk has been trying to talk about for a long time. These new atheists’ bitch is not just with organized religion. It’s way deeper and broader.
It’s a war on human nature and on reality.
No question who’ll win. It’s the prospective casualties that concern us.
Note: Deep Fried wants us to know that “We are a people who support free speech. Let’s show the world how it works.” Actually, they could get started in their native Britain, which rivals Canada for speech police, but certainly not in activism against them.