From the very beginning, the True Reason group I am helping to lead has made it clear that we are not going to the Reason Rally to badger, bother, harass, interrupt, or disrupt any person’s enjoyment of the day. I believe I have re-stated this commitment almost every time I have spoken of our plans to be there. Yet still we get comments like this one:
We have no issue with anyone who wants to come and stand there with a sign without being disruptive to our rally, but if Christians are going to badger us with unwanted proselytizing, we will consider it hostile. We are merely asking religious persons to respect our wishes to be left alone to enjoy our rally. We do not want debate. That can be organized for another time.
One level this person is asking us to do exactly what we have promised to do. On another level, we cannot believe that those who say “we don’t want debate” are speaking for everyone, for we are confident that Reason Rally attendees do not all think the same thing about everything.
We think it very likely that in a crowd of up to 30,000 (the last estimate I’ve heard) there will be some individuals who will be interested in respectful conversation, at a location on the National Mall where it won’t interfere with others’ experience of the Rally. They are the ones with whom we hope to converse.