Participants carry signs supporting atheism during the Ashley Rukes LGBT Pride Parade in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 26, 2011
If the Reason Rally fulfills its own publicity, this Saturday the National Mall will see the largest gathering of atheists in history (estimates range from 5,000 to 20,000, depending on weather). Sponsored by over 20 atheist and humanist organizations, the rally is meant to both unite atheists and – according to David Silverman, chairman of the event committee – let “the religious know that there are nonbelievers among them.” Author and atheism proponent Richard Dawkins will be headlining; Dawkins has said of the U.S. atheist community that “the nonbelieving constituency has not been vocal enough.” So far one religious organization – the Westboro Baptist Church – has a permit to protest the rally.
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Jesse Galef, publicity director for the Reason Rally, communications director with The Secular Student Alliance, a group that helps organize and support campus groups for nonreligious students
Todd Stiefel, president and founder of Stiefel Freethought Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal of gaining respect for freethinkers
Michael Shermer, founding publisher, Skeptic magazine; executive director of the Skeptics Society; monthly columnist for Scientific American; host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech; and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Claremont Graduate University