The Angry Atheists are meeting today, this time in DC, and evidently they’re expecting an uppity crowd, because their Code of Conduct for Reason Rally warns of a host of harassments that might be perpetrated by an unruly crowd of “free thinkers”.
Now you never see one of these codes of conduct at, say, chamber music concerts, seminars on Thomistic theology, or at meetings of particle physicists, yet atheists are so frightened of what they might do to one another, they had to post prominent warnings.
The Reason Rally Coalition does not tolerate harassment of or by participants in any form. Prohibited conduct may include—but is not limited to—harassment related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces (not related to convention sessions or materials), deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
That’s a lot of categories! Apparently, attendees are thinking so freely that their reason gets the better of them. Brutal crowd. It’s so awful that atheists must be warned “Racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic conduct will not be tolerated.”
Reason Rally organizers emphasize they are “consciously working to create a safe space for members of the LGBTQ community.” Not just working, friends, consciously working. This includes creating “gender-inclusive” pissiors so that atheists wondering what other people have beneath their skirts can take a peek.
The have a detailed list of where to go if you are harassed, too, and we can only hope that these trauma centers are well staffed, because it looks like there’s going to be lots of inappropriate conduct.
What kind of event is this that creates all these opportunities for harassment? Hard to say. The Speakers page lists prominently six rap personages. Fellows like Gza (“said to have the second largest vocabulary in hip hop”), Method Man, Cappadonna, and Killah Priest. Killah “worked with Ol’ Dirty Bastard” and he (the pronoun is, of course, an enormous presumption on my part) “illustrates much of his work with a variety of religious references.”
Such as? How about “I Killed The Devil Last Night lyrics“? You too might be in a harassing mood after listening to his “The Elders Gave Us Aura.” Maybe the Reason Rally organizers will get the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington (who will be there) to sing that one.
Bad music isn’t the only possibility. Bill Nye will be there, too. That’s enough to send the sanest thinker over the limit.
Lizz Winstead is also slated to appear. She was head writer of The Daily Show. Who could have guessed that that program was anti-Christian? Winstead doesn’t end the celebrity parade. There’s also ex-game show host John Davidson. You remember him. He did the revival of the The $100,000 Pyramid. That’s some free thinking.
Q is coming. John de Lancie, the actor on Star Trek and Murder She Wrote. Is there a name for the malady which results from actors identifying too closely with the characters they play?
Forget all that. Maybe it’s the “issues” themselves focused on by the Reason Rally that make people harass. Just what is it that interests self-labeled free thinking rationalists? The problem of evil? How something was created from nothing? The limits of science? No, sir. None of that. Instead, “LGBTQ Equality”, global warming, women’s non-reproductive “rights”. Because when you think atheism you think global warming.
Oh, also “sex education“. Doubtless the atheists will stand in close groups and day, “Religious people are obsessed with sex. Sex sex sex. All they think about is sex! Hey. Let’s talk about sex. That’ll prove we’re free thinkers. Sex. Sex.”
Kidding! Instead they say, ‘It’s in society’s best interest to have sex-education programs founded on science, fact, and rational analysis.” Such as the science which “proves” “that the incidence of teenage pregnancies and births remain positively correlated with the degree of abstinence education across states”.
It’s been a while since I cracked open a biology book, but back in my day science said abstinent teens couldn’t get pregnant. Things change.
Not only can abstinence nowadays cause teen pregnancies, “abstinence-only programs neglect the needs of LGBTQ students, leaving them feeling alienated and preventing them from accessing the information they need.”
That’s the saddest thing I heard all day.