THE CROWDED MALL
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.