|Yes, the 2nd Ave Deli does look |
like the Kabba, and this area of
Brooklyn looks like Saudi Arabia.
The annual Godless Schlep pilgrimage is one of the world's greatest events for skeptics, humanists, and, of course, atheists. The multitudes flock to City Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to the birthplace of Carl Sagan and pay homage to the memory of the great man. The faithless (as against to the faithful) will congregate for five days to discuss, reflect, and tweet as one community as they perform the rituals, like circling the 2nd Ave Deli (where young Carl would frequent) seven times.
|Pro-planet Schleppers squaring |
off against Pro-star Schleppers
This year's Great Schlep will be celebrated on October 13th to the 18th. There is some debate on when the exact time of the pilgrimage starts. The endless discussion hinges on whether to begin when the first star appears in the sky or the first planet. Regardless, the Schlep is considered to be one of the Five Pillars of Atheism (Schlep, Oxford-style debates, Satire, Fasting during TAM, and the Five Daily Readings from Hitch-22).
What is the history of the Schlep?
Artie Carbunkle, Sagan enthusiast, started the pilgrimage in 1998. (Artie is pictured to the left. He is in the middle.)
What are the Steps of the Schlep?
First, schleppers go to the City Hospital lobby and don the special clothing (pictured) and sign the special Visitor's Guestbook. They then visit the actual room where Mrs. Sagan gave birth to Carl. Since the room is still functioning the guests may witness the non-miracle of birth. Next they drink from the Zim Zam water fountain down the hall where Carl's father supposedly drank from. Afterwards, the pilgrims circle the deli seven times before going to watch Cosmos: a Personal Voyage marathon.