Reason Rally 2016 Was a Flop

From RNS:

Organizers had hoped for an attendance of 30,000, higher than the estimated 20,000 at the first Reason Rally in 2012 — when crowds contended with pouring rain. They estimated by mid-afternoon that 15,000 to 20,000 were in attendance on a warm, sunny day. But observers said the numbers seemed strikingly smaller in number than the previous year.

And I’ll bet the 15,000-20,000 number is a significant overestimate by the organizers.

So they threw another rally to flex their muscles and it turns out that the second rally was probably about half the size of the first rally.  Maybe if they hold a third one in 2020, they can brag about the hundreds of atheists that showed up in some hotel conference room.

I guess it’s now time to figure out why the rally was a bust flop.

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3 Responses to Reason Rally 2016 Was a Flop

  1. The Friendly Atheist (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2016/06/05/where-was-the-crowd-for-the-reason-rally/) already has his theories, but even he said that the event was about half of the 15-20,000 currently estimated (so about 8,500 avg)

  2. TFBW says:

    I see two stand-out quotes in the Friendly Atheist blog entry linked above.

    By inviting speakers who promote critical thinking in general, instead of ones who mostly focus on the problems with religion (like last time around), they hoped to draw even more people to the Rally. That may have backfired.

    Paraphrase: rally needs less actual reasoning, and more religion-bashing. From the summary I saw, there was plenty of religion-bashing to be had, but nothing quite like Dawkins’ fever-pitch exhortation to “mock them, ridicule them — in public” of the 2012 rally. Chilly neutrality isn’t enough for Mehta: The Friendly Atheist likes his rallies with an extra dose of anti-religious bigotry.

    Even Trump’s bone-headed ideas aren’t idiotic for religious reasons; they’re just bad ideas, period.

    Wow, Mehta, you’re practically making out with the genetic fallacy in public there. Bad ideas he can handle, but ideas held for religious reasons (which are, ipso facto, bad ideas) — that’s beyond the pale.

  3. “By inviting speakers who promote critical thinking in general, instead of ones who mostly focus on the problems with religion (like last time around), they hoped to draw even more people to the Rally.That may have backfired.”

    That is code language for “we tried to make illiberal regressive left social justice issues the centerpiece of our event and most atheists voted with their feet in response, but i lack the intellectual honesty and courage and insight to publicly admit this so I will post a long list of made up nonsense “explanations” while denying the presence of the regressive elephant in the room.”

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