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While I would also like to see more diversity in the lineup, why be so sure that none of the people to whom you respond "who?" fall into the "not very well-known, but should be" category?

I suspect that Bad Religion being there means that their singer, who is an evolutionary biologist, will be doing some speaking. Perhaps that will be of interest even if their music isn't your cup of tea.

Also, did you really just assess the quality and relevance of a band's output by how well they did on the top-40 charts? O.o

Ah, actually... *points to Greg Graffin in the list above*. That's him. Interesting guy from everything I've heard.

Also, did you really just assess the quality and relevance of a band's output by how well they did on the top-40 charts? O.o

No, I assessed whether or not a band deserves the title "Legendary" based on whether or not they had actually made an appreciable and long-lasting impact upon popular culture generally, or even just the genre within which they worked. They don't seem to clear that hurdle.


why be so sure that none of the people to whom you respond "who?" fall into the "not very well-known, but should be" category?

There are any number of people who might be interesting to have at this rally, and I'm sure that many of the people I've listed as "Who?" will rise to the occasion. My concern, however, is that we have a whole truckload of Generic White Dude From Some Foundation Or Another, and it's not immediately clear that these people are going to represent different constituencies or say substantially different things. If we could cut half of them off the bill without losing anything, this would not only be a good idea on its own merits, but it would create room to showcase more skeptics and atheists from other communities. (And I'm not just talking about PoC and women here: what about queer skeptics? Blue-collar and working-class skeptics? Atheist conservatives? Any number of groups are absent from this rally.)

Michael Shermer is a name I've definitely heard before. On wikipedia it says that he's the founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine "Skeptic". I think that's enough to qualify him.

Asides from that I'd agree with pretty much everything.

That said, on the Bad Religion thing, it may be that they were the most high profile musical entertainment who were interested in getting involved. Heck, even if you DID get Marilyn Manson involved in an event like this, you'd have trouble giving him anything less than centre stage...

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