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Reason Rally Irony

Reason Rally Irony

Forgive me for enjoying some irony. Before the Reason Rally, the True Reason group I’ve been co-leading was told  repeatedly, “Don’t come! Don’t spoil our fun! Don’t crash our party!” David Silverman, the lead organizer for the rally, told us that if we “interfered” we would be escorted away by “plentiful” security. And now on Amazon.com a “reviewer”[1. It is unclear whether this person read the book; thus I put “reviewer” in quotes.]  is complaining that he couldn’t find us there….

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Personal, Not Protest Group

Personal, Not Protest Group

In case you see news to the contrary, the “True Reason” group with which I am connected did not show up with signs and did no street preaching. This, for example, was not our group.  I had no interactions with them myself. Without judging them in their motives or intentions, we thought it much more appropriate on many levels to make our interactions person to person; human to human, matching reasons with reasons, evidences with evidences, and thoughts with thoughts.

“Defending Sexism at The Reason Rally” — Reasons for God

“Defending Sexism at The Reason Rally” — Reasons for God

Hemant Mehta, who runs The Friendly Atheist blog, and who has been helping to organize The Reason Rally, has recently addressed a number of criticisms of The Reason Rally. But surprisingly, Mehta’s argument is that the documented sexism of some of the biggest speakers is just not a big deal! As he puts it, “Yes, Bill Maher and Penn Jillette have their faults, but they amplify our way of thinking more than just about anyone else.” Therefore, it is still…

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To Respect Reason Rally Attendees As Thinking Individuals

To Respect Reason Rally Attendees As Thinking Individuals

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…

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Reason Rally Organizer To Reasoning Christians: We Want No Dialogue

Reason Rally Organizer To Reasoning Christians: We Want No Dialogue

On March 12 I wrote an email to David Silverman, president of American Atheists. It was a message from the leader of one organization to another, on behalf of both our organizations. I introduced myself as a leader of the True Reason initiative, which I described to him as “bringing Christians to the Reason Rally for respectful dialogue with atheists there.” I also mentioned that I was involved in producing the True Reason ebook. I proposed that we co-sponsor a…

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The Reason Rally’s Brilliant Strategic Maneuver

The Reason Rally’s Brilliant Strategic Maneuver

I’ve got to hand it to those Reason Rally organizers.[1. It has come to my attention that the National Atheist Party, which invited Westboro, may not be one of the “organizers.” That means the leaders of the Rally may have to credit them for this brilliant strategy.] I’m a strategist, but I have never come up with anything quite this excellent. They are setting themselves up for the world’s most brilliant marvelous strategic maneuver ever. They have a challenge before…

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Reason Rally & True Reason: Not the Same Old Answers

Reason Rally & True Reason: Not the Same Old Answers

We get emails and we see comments from people wondering why some of us are going to the Reason Rally. “You’re not going to tell us anything we haven’t heard before,” they say. I’ve been a part of this conversation for a long time; I know what’s been said, and I think there’s something new to say. We’re saying it through the ebook, True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism. It begins with a question: Do you really…

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Reasoning With Unreason, and Where It Gets You Sometimes

Reasoning With Unreason, and Where It Gets You Sometimes

Two YouTube Videos: The First Video is by an atheist recruiting “like-minded activists” to the Reason Rally. I’ll lift out two excerpts for you: [10:58] Here’s what I want. I want to see religious leaders held accountable for their b***s***. If you state as fact that which is not evidently true, you should be called out as a liar, just like the rest of us would be. Hmmm… is that good logic, good reasoning? Let’s apply his test somewhere else….

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“Are You Ready for the Reason Rally?”

“Are You Ready for the Reason Rally?”

My BreakPoint column for this month: I’m trying to imagine how one conducts a rally for Reason. “Three cheers for Reason! Hip! Hip! True Major Premise! Hip! Hip! True Minor Premise! Hip! Hip! Valid inference to a sound conclusion! Now everybody go give your all for objectively and dispassionately examining evidences, and reasoning through appropriate logic rather than being led by emotion! Let’s go, Go, GO!!” Something tells me that’s not what they mean by a Reason Rally…. [From Are…

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