THE CROWDED MALL

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Things are go­ing to get a lit­tle tight on the Mall: The tea party and the athe­ists are both plan­ning huge ral­lies — at the same time on the cov­eted ver­dant public spa­ces be­tween the U.S. Capi­tol and the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial. The Tea Party Pa­tri­ots, the na­tion’s largest um­brella group for the grass-roots move­ment, plans a big “Road to Repeal Rally” to protest the “mon­stros­ity” of health care re­form and gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence. The date? March 24 on the Mall. Then there’s the “Rea­son Rally,” or­ga­nized by 20 groups in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Athe­ists and the Na­tional Athe­ist Party, billed as “the largest sec­u­lar move­ment in world his­tory” and the “Wood­stock for non-be­lief.” They in­sists the event is not out to trash re­li­gion, say­ing it is a chance for those with a “god­free” life­style to both run for of­fice and “come out of the closet.” The event is also sched­uled for March 24, and

on the Mall.

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