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    Fri, 23 Mar 2012 10:42:14

    Bad Religion Set for Reason Rally in Washington, D.C. This Weekend - It's a free nationwide event

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    Bad Religion are appearing at the historic Reason Rally this March 24 in Washington D.C. The event is a free nationwide celebration intended to "unify, energize, and embolden secular people nationwide." Bad Religion's singer, Greg Graffin (author of Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God) will sing the national anthem and the world renowned band will perform a one hour set.

    Slated to be the largest secular event in world history, the rally is sponsored by the top secular organizations in the United States and will feature music, comedy, and addresses by leaders of the secular movement. Scheduled to appear are Bad Religion, author Dr. Richard Dawkins, actor and comedian Eddie Izzard, writer and comedian Bill Maher, comedian Tim Minchin and many more. The event is intended to give secular Americans an opportunity to unite under a banner of reason and community, at a level never seen before.

    Bad Religion's appearance at the Reason Rally is only fitting. Formed over three decades ago in the suburbs of Los Angeles amidst the incendiary punk movement, the popular and influential band has a well documented history advocating for intellectual freedom and secularism. From their provocative name, to their iconic "cross buster" logo to a lyrical canon filled with humanist themes, few other artists have so unflinchingly aligned themselves with issues of humanism and rational thought.

    As Bad Religion guitarist and co-songwriter Brett Gurewitz explains, "People often ask whether I think music makes a difference; whether it's a force for change. Bad Religion's invitation to appear at the Reason Rally (history's largest secular gathering) for me affirms the notion that art has the power to transform social norms, that over the past 30 years our band, through its music and message, has contributed to a real and very positive trend toward secularization."

    The band's singer and co-songwriter Greg Graffin offers, "We thought it was a good gathering of people who want to stress that reason should characterize the citizenry of this country, not affiliation with some religious group or socioeconomic stratum or any other criterion besides the willingness to engage in reasonable debate that is informed by rational knowledge. All I've ever heard from fans (and that includes parents and their kids alike) is that they have been inspired to learn more and care more by listening to our music. I think therefore, that the Reason Rally—like Bad Religion—can be very inspirational."

    The Reason Rally will occur this Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 10 AM – 6 PM at the National Mall in Washington D.C. For more information go here.

    Anyone out there attending?

    —Katie Sheehan

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