O come all ye faithless. Johnny Depp, is to be a star attraction at what is being hailed as the largest gathering of non-believers in the world – the Reason Rally, scheduled to take place in Washington DC on June 4.
Depp, who once said “religion is not my specialty,” is one of the scheduled speakers at the rally, a project organised by seven national atheist, humanist and other secularist organisations
Other speakers include television personality Bill Nye, scientists Lawrence Krauss and Carolyn Porco, comedians Margaret Cho and Julia Sweeney and musicians Killah Priest and Mark White of the Spin Doctors.
“Up until now, for a celebrity, politician or athlete to identify as openly non-religious has been regarded as career suicide,” said Lyz Liddell, the Reason Rally’s Executive Director. “The fact that these big, mainstream names are beginning to openly support our work and become involved in our community means that the entire cultural attitude towards non-religious Americans is shifting towards acceptance and inclusion – and that’s wonderful!
Richard Dawkins, who suffered a mild stroke in early February and whose foundation is one of the sponsors of the rally, is also slated to speak, though his appearance will depend on his health, Liddell said.