Hi, all! I have two pieces of kind of monumental news, I'm ridiculously excited about both of them, and I wanted to let y'all know.
Piece of News #1: Do you all know about the Reason Rally? The atheist/ secular March on Washington, set for March 24, 2012? It's kind of a big freaking deal: they're saying it's going to be the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history. There's going to be music, comedy, general fun and hanging out... and, of course, speakers.
And I'm going to be one of the speakers.
No shit. Check out the speakers list. I'm on it -- along with Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Jamila Bey, Hemant Mehta, James Randi, Taslima Nasrin, David Silverman, and a list that keeps on growing.
The Reason Rally is being put together by a kind of incredible coalition of secularist organizations, joining their efforts to make it as huge and inclusive as possible. As of this writing, the march is being sponsored by (take a deep breath): American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance of America, Camp Quest, Center for Inquiry, Freethought Society, Military Atheists and Freethinkers, Secular Coalition for America, Secular Student Alliance, Society for Humanistic Judaism, Stiefel Freethought Foundation, The Brights, The James Randi Educational Foundation, The Richard Dawkins Foundation, and United COR. Who says you can't herd cats?
I am more excited and proud to be part of this than I can possibly say. This event should be entirely made of 100% Awesomnium, and if you possibly can make it, you should. Make your travel plans to DC now! And spread the word among your godless friends and colleagues -- the more people who know about this, the more awesome it's going to be!
Piece of News #2: Do you all know about the new Freethought Blogs network? The new network of atheist/ freethought/ godless bloggers, started by PZ Myers of Pharyngula and Ed Brayton of Dispatches from the Culture Wars?
I'm going to be one of the bloggers.
No shit. The network has been launched with an initial core of bloggers -- PZ and Ed as mentioned above, plus Comradde PhysioProffe, Digital Cuttlefish, This Week in Christian Nationalism, and Zingularity -- and they're currently working out the usual technical glitches associated with the launch of a big new Interweb project. They'll soon be expanding that initial core of bloggers... and I'm going to be one of them.
So be prepared. This blog will be moving. I don't yet know the exact date; I'll keep you all in the loop as soon as I know. I'll keep the Typepad blog up for archival purposes, to keep old links from getting broken, etc. ... but once I switch over to Freethought Blogs, this blog will essentially just be for storage, and Freethought Blogs will be my new home. So be prepared to switch your bookmarks/ blogrolls/ RSS feeds/ carrier pigeons/ Pony Express lines/ etc. to the new site.
I am tickled pink about this, and I keep jumping out of my seat to do a little happy dance whenever I think about it. Freethought Blogs is going to be a major nexus of atheist thought and conversation and community on the 'Net, and I am proud beyond words to have been invited to be part of it. And I am grateful beyond words to every reader of this blog who decided they liked my ideas enough to follow them and spread them. I love you guys. And I love being part of this movement. Seriously.
I'll keep you all posted about the move as soon as I know what's what. Woo-freaking-hoo!