[Today’s post is by Kelsey and Kristine!]
walking around with three heads. On the one hand, the moment I arrived at the
Reason Rally I felt myself at home with
those who think as little of religion as I currently do. And yet as I found
myself cheering and laughing along to the speakers, who ranged from the famous
Richard Dawkins to youtube celebrity vloggers, I was jerked back to an
awareness of my three heads with shouts like “A woman’s womb is not
property. We need to stop those
misogynist bigots who seek to enslave women and occupy vaginas!”
Kelsey: I got in last night, and American Atheists had a party to celebrate the success of the Reason Rally earlier that day. I was introduced to the music of Australian artist Shelley Seagal, who I would later learn is pro-choice but very open-minded and friendly. This afternoon, the two of us wound up discussing abortion and the right to life for a good half an hour, after which we took a photo together.
defend [the pro-life] view with reason and rational arguments.” Another young man stated after a lengthy discussion that while he still disagreed with me “It’s
nice to be able to talk to someone who can articulate their position without
throwing baby Jesus in your face.”
Kristine: One grandfatherly man with a most friendly smile politely informed us that one day when we realize we are wrong, they would forgive us. He left me almost as dumbfounded as the woman who insisted that “religion ought to be kept out of my panties.” I smiled and asked her whether it was okay to put science in her panties.
Kelsey: That cracked me up. But my favorite debate moment came toward the end of the day. A pro-choice guy had been chatting with us, earnestly trying to understand our position, when a woman angrily walked up and thrust an “I’m pro-choice and I vote” bumper sticker at us. The guy we had just been debating turned around and debated her for us, using many of the arguments we’d just used on him!
Kristine: The adventure continues tomorrow!