Saturday, March 24, 2012
Where Is The Reason Rally Coverage?
There is one interesting thing to link to, however. This "belief blog" post on CNN's back pages talks about the Reason Rally as a moment for atheists in this country to come out - there is a video featuring Richard Dawkins, too. And this one, posted yesterday, features Dave Silverman of American Atheists (one of the main organizers of the Rally).
The most interesting part is that there are well over 2000 comments below these two blog posts lost in the obscurity of CNN's back pages. CNN blogs rarely garner huge numbers of comments, especially this quickly. (Compare the comment number for these two entries with comments for the posts immediately preceding and following them). As usual, just the very idea of atheism sparks irrational outrage and backlash from theists. Most of the usual angry atheist/immoral godless tropes are dutifully trotted out in these comments.
Don't read them unless you want your day ruined!
Updated to Add: Mano Singham from FTB linked these three stories earlier this week.
Nonbelievers pull together... (The Washington Times)
Reason Rally, Religious freedom rally... (The Washington Post)
Atheists to cheer for godless USA... (USA Today)
ETA: Found this old post on Yahoo...with over 9,000 comments:
Atheists holding Reason Rally in Washington DC this weekend...
And this amusing example of "up is down, good is bad" rationalization from FauxNews:
Why the Reason Rally is unreasonable In there, you will find the usual accusations that atheists are arrogant and self-important, coming from those who believe that they know everything that needs to be known in the universe and that the earth, all of its living forms and the entire universe exists solely for their benefit. Classic.
I am of the opinion that articles like this from the "folks" at Faux is confirmation that they are aware that their ability to keep people in fear and ignorance is waning at long last. Reasonable people are standing up and that is making the right wing extremists - including their political arm, the Republican party and their chief propaganda arm, Fox media - very nervous.