Editor's note: At Saturday's rally, religious references abounded, including a benediction by Father Guido Sarducci, the awarding of a reasonableness award to 'Dude you have no Koran's' Jacob Ison, a spirited debate between Colbert and Stewart, "Reason is how mankind advances," Stewart said, and an appearance by Muslim basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "A real friend understands that no matter what religious position someone plays, we're all on the same team."
Stewart closed by insisting that his event "was not a rally to ridicule people of faith," but added, "We live now in hard times, not end times." He referenced recent debates about Islam: "The inability to distinguish terrorists from Muslims makes us less safe, not more."
In the final monologue, Stewart said that while Americans' beliefs are often in opposition, we find away to get along 'concession by concession.'
"There will always be darkness and sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn't the promised land. Sometimes it's just New Jersey. But we do it anyway, together."
Our weekly question:
The "rally to restore sanity" took place two months after Glenn Beck's religion-infused "Restoring Honor" rally. Beck said he was called by God to hold the rally. Now atheist groups are planning to use Stewart's event to promote "reason." Are "reason" and "sanity" the opposite of religious belief? Is taking religion out of the political debate the answer for restoring reason? Or do we need more faith?
Read more Washington Post coverage of the Stewart/ Colbert rallies here.
Elizabeth Tenety on October 25, 2010 3:28 PM