Secularists descend upon D.C. for “Reason Rally”

This past Saturday in Washington, D.C., a “Reason Rally” took place. Among other objectives, its purpose was stated as “to advance secularism (in the broadest sense of the word) in society,” and the speakers included entertainers, activists, writers, members of Congress, and public intellectuals – including Richard Dawkins, author of several books regarding secularism, atheism, science, and society.

Want to learn more about sociological research on secularism, atheism, agnosticism, and nonbelief in the U.S.?  Explore some of these resources:

"First Amendment" on Newseum on Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. - cc mr_mayer (flickr)

"First Amendment" on Newseum on Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. - cc mr_mayer (flickr)

Jelen, T. G., & Wilcox, C. (1997). Conscientious objectors in the culture war?: A typology of attitudes toward church-state relations. Sociology of Religion, 58(3), 277-287.

Hout, M., & Fischer, C. S. (2002). Why more Americans have no religious preference: Politics and generations. American Sociological Review, 67(2), 165-190.

Edgell, P., Gerteis, J., & Hartmann, D. (2006). Atheists as “other”: Moral boundaries and cultural membership in society. American Sociological Review, 71(2), 211-234.

Baker, J. O., & Smith, B. (2009). None too simple: Examining issues of religious nonbelief and nonbelonging in the United States. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48(4), 719-733.

Schafer, C. E., & Shaw, G. M. (2009). Trends – tolerance in the United States. Public Opinion Quarterly, 73(2), 404-431.

Smith, J. M. (2011). Becoming an atheist in America: Constructing identity and meaning from the rejection of theism. Sociology Of Religion, 72(2), 215-237.


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2 Responses to Secularists descend upon D.C. for “Reason Rally”

  1. Via says:

    I am respecting those secularist, as they got the rights to have their own beliefs. How was the t-shirts, I wanted to see how it looks like.
    Thank you so much.

    Via from chauffeuse 2 places 

  2. These are some good resources to read. I think everyone should be informed before taking a stand.