13 Crazy Photos from the Atheist 'Reason Rally' in Washington, D.C.
11. Black people can be atheist, too!
The Black Nonbelievers made a splash at the Reason Rally, showing that secularists aren't all spindly, young, pasty white guys! Hurrah for diversity.
12. I support reason, science, and secular values in _____.
All throughout the Reason Rally, people were holding these signs, meant to be personalized, saying "I support reason, science, and secular values in _____." Some people wrote their home states, and "Rhode Island," "Pennsylvania," and "California" each made their appearances. Many attendees were from the West Coast.
13. Keep your theocracy off my democracy!
These signs also featured prominently among attendees. Secularists wanted the religious to "keep your theocracy off my democracy," and signs argued that the U.S. Capitol Building is not a church.
Naturally, these attacks miss the point. Many conservatives use Christianity to defend their values on diverse issues -- from opposing abortion, to teaching the Bible and religion in public schools, to acknowledging the faith of many of our Founding Fathers.
There are good, secular reasons to support these things: conception is the beginning of life for a fetus with discernible unique human DNA (male or female by biology), religion is an important influence for people across the world and throughout history and understanding it is important to understanding religious people and our heritage, and many of the Founders were deeply Christian and argued for freedom due to their faith.
It is important for Christians to articulate their beliefs in the public square, but it is also important for them to make it clear that their positions are not based on blind faith, but a reasonable one. This is how we combat a confused secular ideology -- with rational appeals, not angry insults.