Well I booked the flight, booked a room, and made a tee shirt online that says "A Canadian who supports the Reason Rally and Tolerance".  I hope the shirt gets done and delivered in time as promised by the web site.

Spending the money to come alone from Toronto to a strange city and standing with a bunch of strangers may use up my idealistic quotient for the next few years.

I will not argue with or try to change the mind of any religious protesters if they show up. I can't even change my wife's mind. But then she does not try and change my mind either.

The type of atheist I would like to represent is one who tolerates a religious viewpoint as long as that viewpoint does not become a requirement of the government  and an impediment to science and reason in the classroom.

In order to have an impact atheists are going to have to embrace religious people who understand the reasons for a separation of church and state. 

Atheists also have to somehow erase the stigma associated with the name.  That one is tougher.  It would be nice to see some simple message tee shirts like "Atheists Are Moral Too"  attending the rally and being broadcast to the larger community.

(Speaking of religious protesters I have a Toronto Bill Maher story to relate to anyone who is interested)

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Comment by Lorien on March 16, 2012 at 11:44am

I see that, but I don't understand it. The webpage for the convention says it is all booked up.

Comment by Russell Pangborn on March 15, 2012 at 8:56pm

Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 5701 Marinelli Road.

I went to their website and saw a two day deal. 

Comment by Lorien on March 15, 2012 at 7:09pm

How did you get a room and one cheaper than everyone else? They said a few weeks ago that the hotel was all booked up. Are you sure you are in the correct hotel?

Comment by Russell Pangborn on March 15, 2012 at 10:44am

Hi Sentient.  I like your Sinclair Lewis quote. 

Video or streaming would be a good idea to involve those that can't make it. It wouldn't hurt to have a set up where live streaming could show the numbers on line Saturday that could not make it but stand in solidarity with the event.  For example this group has something like 25000 members.  It would be nice to show someone that while only 3000 could attend 15000 were showing online support at a specific time. If others who sympathize could be drawn in - then that online number may even sound significant and be worth reporting.

Comment by Russell Pangborn on March 15, 2012 at 8:47am

I will miss the convention on Sunday because my flight is an early morning one. I am staying at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel for Friday and Saturday and got a better deal than the published rate of around $149.  Two nights at $99 per night. Hope to attend the Saturday post rally event there - not sure if people need to sign up or register for that - doesn't sound like it.

I just saw a video "Reason Rally How To" and saw there were buses coming from Canada.  Information that is too late for me - I booked a flight.  When out of curiosity I checked out buses from Toronto, Mississauga, Montreal etc. the response was no buses scheduled due to lack of interest.

Comment by Lorien on March 14, 2012 at 7:53pm

Hope you are going to the convention too. Be a pity flying all that way for just one day of fun. Make it 3 days of fun soon before it gets sold out.

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