Press Release: Atheists Announce New Convention Speakers, Free Military Memberships, & Childcare Registration

Cranford, NJ—On Wednesday, American Atheists announced new speakers to its star-studded roster for the largest annual atheist event in the country. The new speakers include Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers, Survivor®: Fiji reality-television contestant and tech executive Yau-Man Chan, and atheist & feminist activist Beth Presswood.

Additionally, members of the armed forces will receive a free one-year membership with convention registration. Families who will attend the convention are now able to register their children for subsidized child care and day camp at www.atheists.org/convention2014/childcare; the childcare options will be provided by Play Action Parties of California.

 

The organization also announced that YouTube sensation Jaclyn Glenn will be the “on-the-scenes reporter” interviewing speakers and attendees for American Atheists’ weekly public access television show, The Atheist Viewpoint.

 

“American Atheists continues to highlight the breadth and diversity of the atheist community,” said President David Silverman. “Atheists are everywhere; all Americans know more atheists than they think. You already like us. With our 2014 national convention, we demonstrate that the atheist community is your community; we’re a growing part of the fabric of America.”

 

The American Atheists’ 40th National Convention will take place April 17-20 in Salt Lake City. The convention will feature speakers such as former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, Survivor®: Philippines winner Denise Stapley, Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors bass player Mark White, Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Maryam Namazie of the Council of Ex-Muslims, popular bloggers PZ Myers and Greta Christina, and American Atheists President David Silverman. The convention will also feature a costume party, live music, stand-up comedy, an art show and silent auction, national and local exhibitors, and childcare options for attending families. For more information, visit www.atheists.org/convention2014.

 

For headshots of the speakers and all convention information, visit http://www.atheists.org/convention2014

For Jaclyn Glenn’s YouTube channel, visit http://www.youtube.com/jaclyn

For childcare registration, visit http://www.atheists.org/convention2014/childcare

American Atheists grants permission to press to reproduce and redistribute these images under the conditions that absolutely no cropping or editing is performed and no overlays cover, hide, conceal, or distort any part of the images (including the title bar with website at the bottom), and that American Atheists is credited for providing them.

 

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that defends civil rights for atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of religion and government; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy. American Atheists was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

 

American Atheists, Inc.

P.O. Box 158

Cranford, NJ 07016

For More Information Contact:

David Silverman, President 908-276-7300 x5[email protected]
Dave Muscato, Public Relations Director 908-276-7300 x7[email protected]

Fax: (908) 276-7402

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  • Thought Police

    I guess there’s nothing here for rargos to argue about.

    • rargos

      If I were American Atheists, I would ban you from their site — unless of course they feel that comments like these are representative of atheists’ beliefs:

      “Your god would not stop me from playing in the guts of your family, and you know it.” – ThoughtPolice

      “How many angels would stay my hand as I raised it to plunge a blade into the throat of pretty little Christian child?” – ThoughtPolice

      • Thought Police

        Once again, I am greeted with more of your feeble shenanigans. See my other reply, and address the issue of your inappropriate campaign on this website.

        • rargos

          Inappropriate? Here’s my definition of “inappropriate”

          “Undo your existence you condescending cunt. How in the holy titty-fucking lowercase Christ did you ever arrive at the conclusion that you are not a fucking troll-ass douche bag?” — ThoughtPolice (posted at American Atheists)

          • Thought Police

            What ever type of behavior would elicit such a response?

          • rargos

            What kind of person openly fantasizes about killing children and disembowling people? Sick, sick, sick.

          • Thought Police

            Just in case you didn’t see it. So my point touches home? Would you like to discuss any of these: Deuteronomy 17:12
            Exodus 22:17
            Leviticus 20:13
            Leviticus 20:27
            Exodus 21:15
            Proverbs 20:20
            Leviticus 20:9
            Leviticus20:10
            Leviticus 21:9
            Exodus 22:19
            2 Chronicles 15:12-13
            Zechariah 13:3
            Deuteronomy 13:13-19
            Deuteronomy 22:20-21
            Deuteronomy 13:7-12
            Deuteronomy 17:2-5
            Leviticus 24:10-16
            Deuteronomy 13:1-5
            Deuteronomy 18:20-22
            Romans 1:24-32
            Numbers 1:48-51
            Exodus 31:12-15
            2 Kings 2:23-24
            1 Samuel 6:19-20
            1 Kings 20:35-36
            2 Samuel 6:3-7
            Isaiah 14:21
            Hosea 9:11-16
            Ezekiel 9:5-7
            Exodus 12:29-30
            Jeremiah 51:20-26
            Leviticus 26:21-22
            Isaiah 13:15-18
            Judges 15:14-15
            Acts 5:1-11
            1 Samuel 15:2-3
            Jeremiah 48:10
            Joshua 19:47
            Jeremiah 15:1-4
            Ezekiel 35:7-9
            Exodus 23:23
            Joshua 8:1-29
            Joshua6:20-21
            1 Kings 14:9-16
            Judges 20:48
            2 Kings 19:35
            Exodus 32:26-29
            Joshua 7:19-26
            Numbers 25:1-9
            1 Kings 18:36-40
            Jeremiah 50:21-22
            Judges 18:27-29 ???
            Can you justify the worship of a god that is so violent and morally reprehensible? If you would claim to be so far above the type of behavior that you have just so thoroughly condemned, then how is it you can pretend such self-righteousness comes from the worship of this deity that you claim is likewise above the murder of children as I’ve just proven without a shadow of a doubt is indeed NOT the case. You are a hypocrite of the sort which is incapable of taking responsibility for their own beliefs, let alone their behavior. You sir are reprehensible in such a profound way that you cannot even begin to comprehend the depth to which I must soil myself to speak to you. But yeah, you’re right, nobody is capable of being as morally righteous as your tragically ironic god.

          • Thought Police

            So you do fantasize about killing children, just not openly? You’re a rather dangerous person and I think I will contact law enforcement so as to ensure that you may not have contact with your children or grandchildren or any children for that matter. You should be in a mental hospital.

          • Copenhagen85

            Dude, you were the one with the sick posts.

          • Thought Police

            The posts themselves are not morally reprehensible, they’re merely compilations of words that form ideas. You don’t like the words, or the ideas? You have a problem with things like the murder of children? Then your real problem is not with what I’ve said, but your inability to exert control where none can be exerted. Perhaps you should seek a covenant with a deity that will promise you the intervention you so desperately crave. May I suggest the child-murdering god of rargos?

          • Copenhagen85

            Yeah, the problem is with what you said — I came here looking for adults and the other guy (rargos) is a hell of a lot smarter and more mature than you.

          • Thought Police

            I’m sure that you’re quite right. What ever shall I do with myself? I have failed my ancestors and brought shame upon my master. Will you assist me in my hara-kiri?

            But wait, let’s take a look at what you’ve just said here. You have a problem with the use of certain words? I suggest that you file a request with the Ministry of Truth to have those words removed from Newspeak.

            You come a callin’ for the big boys, and gotch urself all befuddled when ya run smak dab inta a foul word a two. Buh’t sokay cause there least one dem still gud and rite proper. Yes, I am mocking you. Not because I enjoy it, but because that’s what you want me to do. If you wanted to hold a logical, mature conversation, you would begin one (or enter one) with the use of some logic and maturity. But you aren’t quite up to it are you? Your provocation speaks of your desire for conflict. Are you sure that you’re not a Christian?

          • Copenhagen85

            You need to grow up.

          • Thought Police

            I am certainly not above utilizing the same cheap psychological ploys that others use against me. I actually find it rather amusing, obviously.

          • Copenhagen85

            What is your problem? You think you’re smarter than everyone else? Wow, you need to grow up, little man. My guess is you’re “little” in a certain area and overcompensate by being a loudmouth idiot.

          • Thought Police

            Sweetheart, you’ve just castrated your own argument with the ever-so-sharp blade that is irony.

          • Thought Police

            No, what I need is for you to be cognizant that none of this is real, and that you don’t exist.
            If you want to continue to throw around nonsense, I will gladly participate in your games. Even though I seriously find your droll meanderings rather tedious, I will grant you the attention you desire. You are after all one of my favorite non-existent fellow human beings.

          • Thought Police

            The power of three strikes again! I hope you weren’t using Christian magic on me so that I catch god-AIDS or some ridiculous imaginary disease.

            What’s that you say? That didn’t make any sense? So you mean to tell me that nonsense is only acceptable when it’s your nonsense? You people have ruined this site for me. Mostly it’s been you sograr and your lady friend 58negahnepoC that have shit all over my hopes of finding intelligent atheists to communicate with here. But, I’m not one to pass up the opportunity to make some goddamned lemonade out of your ignorant-bullshit-lemons.

          • Thought Police

            rargos is perpetually instigating unnecessary, unwarranted, and unwanted conflict here. So, I (rather dramatically) illustrated a very valid point. A point to which, of course, he has not, can not, and will not respond.
            The very best he can manage is to constantly take my words out of context and plaster them everywhere he thinks is appropriate and clever. If you bother reading all of the posts here over the last month or so, you will get a very clear picture of an intellectually and emotionally crippled rargos that’s in desperate need of some serious help in the logic department.

          • Thought Police

            I challenge anyone reading this to find a comment expelled by rargos that does not include the use of a fallacy.

          • Copenhagen85

            As a mother, I’m appalled at your language and your gory posts and hope no children are reading your filth. You make all of us sceptics look bad.

          • Thought Police

            That’s an interesting opinion, one however that I will not lend credit to. As a loving devoted father, I can clearly see just how such words can affect the minds of people. Would you counter that I failed to get my point across? It’s not just children that are on a daily basis all over the world abused, exploited, neglected, raped, tortured, killed, and a litany of other not-so-pleasant things. But you’re right, nobody should ever, under any circumstances offend anyone else in any way for any reason. Are you mentally retarded? Are you likewise incapable of comprehending the purpose of the various communication styles that I’ve employed here?
            If I build you a palace made out of shit, it’s still a fucking palace, and the intent of doing so is not negated by the material used.

      • Cthulhu21

        You do realize that those were analogies to the bible, right?

        • rargos

          You do realize that you’re completely wrong about that, right? And even if you weren’t, even you posted that you found ThoughtPolice’s violent comments non-helpful. Philosophical differences aside, I’m convinced that he’s a danger to himself and others, especially his own children, in a very real and immediate way.

          • Thought Police

            Just like you’re convinced that there’s an invisible man in the sky, watching everything you do, but never bothering to intervene where help would be most appreciated and appropriate? You can make yourself out to be the victim of words, but humanity is the ultimate victim of the words some goat herders from thousands of years ago. I postulate that ANYBODY who would subscribe to the god of the bible is a very real danger to themselves and others, and if they’re a member of the Catholic church then chances are they are also a very real threat to children, whether their own or not.

    • Copenhagen85

      Dear American Atheists – Can you please remove this persons posts about killing children and playing in people’s guts? I also don’t think that profanity should be allowed here … isn’t this site supposed to be family-friendly? Signed a concerned mother

      • Thought Police

        And while you’re at it American Atheists, why don’t you please remove all of the other things from the world that upset anybody? Copenhagen, I have some bad news for you: the world is not a nice place, and life isn’t fair, sometimes you will experience things that you don’t like. May I get you a tissue, or perhaps a band aid for your eviscerated sense of right and wrong?
        The point was that no god anywhere is capable of preventing the very things that they promise to. If you don’t believe me, grab a bible and go lay down with some lions.

        • Copenhagen85

          Gotta hate, don’t you? I feel sorry for your kids.

          • Thought Police

            Hate? Where did you get hate from? Is that what you’re currently experiencing? I feel sorry for your children, poor little things being raised by a mother that so easily loses control of her emotions. Somebody really should have the State step in and evaluate the situation. You know, just to make sure that their development isn’t being delayed by your lack of sanity.
            You see how that works? It’s really very quite easy to fall back on nonsense. How about you put in the work and communicate something that is logically sound? Or are you merely on a quest to reinforce stereotypes about women? Or is it that your mission is to discredit atheists? Would you like some objectivity? I have plenty to spare.

    • Thought Police

      Well color me embarrassed, if he can’t find something to be contrary about, he’ll create it.

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