Son JMS and I are in the midst of the American Atheist Convention here in dreary downtown Des Moines, IA. And so far it has been interesting.
In addition to rubbing elbows with the likes of PZ Myers, Lawrence Kraus, and Andy Thompson, (Oh, and Greta Christina for those of you who appreciate her writing), we have been privy to some interesting news.
The Atheist/Freethought/Humanist/Secular movement is combining on some exciting, in your face projects:
- For July 4, banners promoting Atheism, to whit reading “Godless America”,will be flown over major sporting and other events in every state in the nation where atheism/agnosticism is “the fastest growing religious segment” according to recent polls. For those of you who might be unaware — that would be all fifty states. Ought to be a hoot. And
- In the spring of 2012, every non-theist organization in the country is sponsoring, and AA hosting, a Reason Rally in Washington, DC, which is predicted to be the largest gathering of non-believers in the history of the world. Among others, Richard Dawkins has committed to attend. The FSM willing, I’ll be there.
Well, gotta get back to the show, I’ll report more later — including on Christopher Hitchens couching and compelling letter to the convention.