In April 2013, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU was able to host Reason on the Bayou thanks to Multi-Speaker Event Funding from the national SSA. This article summarizes the experiences of that event for the group. This group also received our Award for Outstanding Activism for their accomplishment.
Approximately 130 people made it out to the LSU Union Ballroom on Sunday, April 14. They were there for Reason on the Bayou, Louisiana’s first ever secular rally. As the attendees filed in, they were welcomed by an exquisite performance from The Jazz Souls. Indeed, the good vibes provided by the music augmented the warmth felt by those who had never seen so many likeminded individuals before. The event officially commenced shortly after the band stopped playing.
The first two speakers focused on the secular movement itself. The president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics at LSU, Chad Thibodeaux, gave an opening address explaining the purpose of the event and its significance for the state. Gordon Maples followed him with a speech about the state of the movement in the region and in the country at large. He observed that our numbers are growing, and new groups are popping up all over the country.