With a great lineup of speakers from all walks of life, Reason Rally 2016 promises to be a fantastic event, bringing together tens of thousands of freethinkers to help raise awareness of the power of secular voters.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is one of the major sponsors of the event, happening June 4 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Advocacy days, parties and other events will be held from June 2-5.
The six tenets of the Reason Rally are:
Public policy should be based on facts, not faith.
Medical research should be based on scientific rigor, not corporate or ideological influence.
Being patriotic has nothing to do with believing in a god.
Religious litmus tests for candidates are wrong.
Rational thought is important in personal and public life.
Democracy works best when everyone's voice is heard.
Besides FFRF, other sponsors include American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Center for Inquiry, Richard Dawkins Foundation, Secular Coalition of America, and Stiefel Freethought Foundation. FFRF and other sponsors will be visible with booths and have a brief opportunity to speak.
For more information, go to ReasonRally.org. Freethought Today will carry updates.
This year's speakers
Hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman
Movie and TV writer Kelly Carlin
Comedian Margaret Cho
God Delusion author Richard Dawkins
Actor, singer and comic John de Lancie
SciBabe, the pseudoscience fighter Yvette d'Entremont
Actor and humanitarian Johnny Depp
Actress and activist Amber Heard
Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss
StarTalk co-host Leighann Lord
Activist Maryam Namazie
The Science Guy Bill Nye
NASA Cassini Project imaging team leader Carolyn Porco
Biologist Cara Santa Maria
Musician Killah Priest
Director and comic Paul Provenza,
Magician James Randi
Journalist Dr. Andrés Roemer
National Center for Science Education chair Eugenie Scott
SNL alumna Julia Sweeney
Musician Mark White