Ronald Bailey on Atheists and Rapists



This past weekend at the Rally for Reason, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and other assorted godless folks had themselves something of a "coming out" party on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The relatively young crowd of 20,000 or so nonbelievers was treated to talks, rants, and routines by such faithless luminaries as biologist Richard Dawkins, American Atheists president David Silverman, professional skeptics Michael Shermer and James Randi, mythbuster Adam Savage, profane musician Tim Minchin, and via video comedian Penn Jillette. Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey went down to the Mall for the day to join in the fun and ponder why it is that so many Americans claim to dislike their irreligious fellow citizens.