This is the first installment of my 28-day blog series about the Reason Rally, which is being held in Washington, D.C. on March 24. It will be the largest gathering of atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, and non-religious in history.
As an outspoken atheist, I felt compelled to be a part of this rally. There are other reasons that I wanted to make the trek from Crystal River, Florida, though. Being from a very small town, there aren't too many people around me who share my passion for atheism. I do know several atheists, but they are either not adamant about it or they're afraid to "come out." I'm hoping that my involvement with the Rally will inspire those still "in the closet" to come out and for the quiet atheists to gain the courage to let their voice be heard.
I'm also looking forward to meeting atheists from all over the world. The idea that I am part of a much larger group makes me feel like I belong and my ideas and opinions matter. One of humanity's strongest urges is the desire to be part of a group, and of something bigger.
Finally, I want to be a part of history. I want to be able to say to my grandchildren that I was there on the National Mall the day atheism made its presence known. I would find it akin to being present at Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. The sheer emotion of being part of the act that sparked secular change in America would be overwhelming. I foresee this event will be a turning point for my life, my country, and my world.
If you are atheist, agnostic, or simply for secular values, I urge you to join me on the National Mall on March 24. Stay tuned to this blog for more about the countdown to my trip and my experiences at the Rally.