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10 Best Signs at the Reason Rally in DC

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A whole bunch of people stood around in a light rain on the National Mall in Washington DC today, knowing that the churchies were going to say the lousy weather was baby Jesus weeping on them.

But a few sprinkles didn’t deter the thousands of godless atheists who seemed to really enjoy the parade of speakers at the first ever Reason Rally. There was Adam Savage of the Mythbusters television show, for example, who got a huge reaction just for pointing out that the Earth is more than 4 billion years old.

At about 4 pm, headliner Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene and probably the world’s most famous atheist, took to the podium and, in a few lines of impeccable English, explained the meaning of life, disproved the existence of God, and ended the need for any future Reason Rally, ever.

You should have been there.

Anyway, we managed to snap a few photos of the signs that best captured the moment. We hope you find them diverting, heretical, or hilarious, whichever the case may be.

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#10. The Westboro Baptist Church meme was everywhere.

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#9. As was the Westboro Baptist Church itself! A few minutes after this photo was snapped, Nate Phelps, son of Fred, took the stage at the rally to explain how he managed to flee the notorious family and eventually became a freethinker.

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#8. The best thing about the Rally was the sense of humor on display everywhere.

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#7. The debates going on at the counter-demonstrations were nearly as fun as the main attraction.

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#6. Many people were wearing personal declarations of their non-belief.

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#5. A lot of the humor was a bit off-color, naturally.

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#4. Hands down, the very best counter-protestor, the guy trying to warn everyone that Cthulhu is coming.

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#3. And hands down, the most depressing counter-protestor. This isn’t Kansas anymore, Dorothy.

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#2. The rally had its own message for kids.

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#1. But this kid, at least, has already figured out some things.