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Reason Rally Video Roundup

If you’re like me, you might be foolishly missing out on what looks like one of the best events of this year. The 2012 Reason Rally in Washington DC. The Reason Rally is a yearly meetup of non-religious people to celebrate a life of reason, free from the tyranny of religion.

This year’s list of guest speakers is awesome. Richard Dawkins, Adam Savage, Tim Minchin, Jessica Ahlquist, James Randi, Lawrence Krauss, and many more inspirational and intelligent free-thinkers. I am a fan of every person on the list, really. Why am I not there? I don’t know, but it’s taking a priority next year. It must be so much fun to be surrounded by so many like-minded people.

Because I can’t be there I am scouring the internet for anything I can find about the event. I’m posting that stuff here and will continue to update it as I find new stuff. First up is an 8 minute talk given by Adam Savage. It’s no secret around here that I’m big fan of the guy. Who wouldn’t be? Who? Seriously, point them out…

Here is a quote from his talk to demonstrate just how awesome he is.

I have concluded through careful, empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me. Keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less then I ought, giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I am capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think and they still love me and I’ve concluded after careful consideration that this person keeping score is me.

Here is a video of that talk.

Adam Savage

Reason TV

Here’s a video from ReasonTV. They are just rounding up some of the stuff they are seeing around rally grounds. The reporter asks several people why they went to the rally, the answers vary greatly. Make sure to stay long enough for the guy who claims evolution is a hoax to trick us into a new world order… Why? Because Hitler believed in evolution. Think he is aware of the theme of the event?

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin, singing his song, Confessions. If you don’t know about Tim Minchin you are missing out. He’s a singer, song-writer, and a comedian, he’s really funny, and on top of all that he is a skeptic and an atheist. The videos below have NSFW language, just in case you are put off by that kind of thing. Also, if you are new to Tim Minchin’s work you really must check out his stuff on his website and his YouTube channel, Storm is one of my favorites.

More Tim Minchin

Speaking of Storm, Tim Minchin performed it at Reason Rally.

And… Even more Tim Minchin, it’s okay, there’s no such thing as too much. In this video he plays “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Pope Song”

Richard Dawkins

Professor Richard Dawkins giving his speach (still not sure why we don’t call him Doc Dawkins). Dawkins is, of course, at the forefront of this movement. He is a brilliant speaker and he takes a firm stance against religious nonsense. The audio is scratchy from the wind so turn up the volume and listen close. If you want to see further proof of his brilliance then you should see how he demonstrates the evolution of the eye. It is of course the fall-back of the creationists to say, “how could something as complex as the eye evolve.” Here is part 1 of Dawkins giving an informed and clear answer.

Jessica Ahlquist

Jessica Ahlquist making her speech. I was looking forward to this one. Jessica is a 16 year old girl from Rhode Island who took on her school when the refused to remove a religious prayer on a banner at her school. Since taking action she has faced public ridicule, even by political leaders, she has had death threats, heard every manner of despicable insult you can imagine. Her family has been threatened. Local businesses refused to do business with her or her family. She didn’t back down. She stood up for herself. She continued to speak publicly to raise awareness and to testify in court. Jessica Ahlquist won and the banner had to be removed. Make no mistake, she is a badass, she is courageous, she is intelligent, she is an evil little thing…

Cristina Rad

Cristina Rad making a ten minute speech. Cristina Rad is a video blogger on YouTube, under the name ZOMGitsCriss, she is popular for making great arguments against religion. She lives in Romania and traveled all the way to Washington DC to give this talk.

When people tell me that I am part of a religion because I am an atheist I tell them that yes, I have a personal relationship with reality

-Cristina Rad

Nate Phelps

Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church. The church is well known for being some of the most ignorant hateful people in the world. They regularly pull tasteless stunts like protesting funerals. They believe that every time America suffers it’s because we allow gays to live. Total assholes. Nate Phelps escaped this nonsense, he is now a champion of reason. He has some interesting things to say from the perspective of fundamentalists.

I’d call this a target rich environment for any self respecting deity, and yet not a natural disaster in sight.

-Nate Phelps

Confronted with the god of my father’s, rebellion is the only moral option.

-Nate Phelps

Al Jazeera

A short clip from Al Jazeera’s coverage of the event. There is a couple clips of James Randi and others present at the event.

James Randi

James Randi giving his speech. James Randi is, of course, one of the men who started it all. He has spent his whole life debunking myths and woo. He is a true hero of the skepticism movement.

Michael Shermer

This is the Christopher Hitchens tribute that was played (only partially due to technical difficulties) at the rally. It was made by TheThinkingAtheist. It’s a great tribute video of one of the most powerful voices of our time.

Lawrence Krauss

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2 Comments

  1. Timothy Heater

    03.25.2012

    Reply

    Thank you so much for this ! I can NOT believe the Reason Rally was not covered extensively on the networks. I can find little to nothing about the rally from any of them.

  2. Shawn

    03.25.2012

    Reply

    No problem. I wish it was covered also, it's such an awesome event. Check back later, I'll be adding videos as I find them.

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