Student Video Contest Details!

Hello students!

As Jaclyn Glenn revealed in her promo video for the American Atheists 2014 National Convention, a very generous donor has offered to pay the admission costs of 10 lucky students. The convention is April 17-20 in Salt Lake city; more details are here.

You can watch the whole video here:

 

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We have decided to choose which 10 students will receive free admission on the basis of a video contest. Here are the details:

“Students” are those who are actively in school. This includes part-time or full-time students, and is not limited to college: grad school, high school, etc are also accepted.

Video submissions should be a maximum of 1 minute. Scroll down for additional details.

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Students should submit their videos to us for consideration by uploading their videos to YouTube and then emailing the links to us at [email protected].

All submissions become the property of American Atheists upon submission. (This is so that we can post the winning videos on our website and use the videos for promotional purposes after choosing the winners.)

Suggested topics include what atheism means to you, why it is important to fight for separation of religion and government, and why we should choose you as one of the contest winners. You may cover all three topics, or any other related topic as you see fit, as long as you do not exceed the 1 minute maximum time allowed.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2014.

Our donor has offered to cover the admission for 10 students, but unfortunately we are not able to provide travel costs or accommodations for the weekend of the convention, so winners will still have to arrange their own transportation and hotel space. However, we have set up a roomshare/rideshare Facebook group to make it easier for people to coordinate carpooling and splitting rooms. This group is open to anyone, not just students. You can access the group here.

We will choose our 10 favorites, notify the winners, and post the winning videos during the first week of March!

In addition to free admission to the convention, winners will receive a 1 year free membership each to American Atheists.

If you have any additional questions not covered here, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks and have fun!

– Dave Muscato, Public Relations Director, American Atheists
(908) 276-7300 x7
[email protected]

  • Thought Police

    I admire your recognition of the desire of some atheist youth to participate in a community that approves of their skepticism. This further reinforces my hope that the world is not quite as insane as it appears to be.

    • rargos

      Most of the insanity in the world comes from people who make sick comments like these.

      “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

        Dude, you’re a pathetic internet stalker. Go read my reply and pick any of those verses I’ve listed, and we can on any thread here that you’d like discuss the ramifications of your belief in such a deity. We can take inventory of the reasons that your religion is DANGEROUS in such a way as to be a very real threat the future of humanity. I don’t know what kind of mental pervert you are, but your feeble and intellectually crippled musings make me want to physically vomit. You represent the most dangerous kind of person; one who would smile to your face as he evicted a young family from their home in the pursuit of doing god’s work. You’re the kind of person who defends a religious corporation blindly and without question the whole while it’s continuing its physical, emotional, and social rape of the world. You are the filthiest type of apologist, and while you can pander to weaker intellects, I see through your bullshit just as clearly as I see through the air between this laptop and myself. And once again, you are not welcome here.

        • rargos

          Anyone who publically fantasizes about killing children and playing in the gore of somone’s disembowled family members is sick.

          • Thought Police

            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.

          • Copenhagen85

            Hey, at least he’s not a sicko who talks about murdering other people and playing in their “guts” … you really disgust me (and I’m not a Christian either)

          • Thought Police

            That’s right, let’s focus on what’s really important here. Let’s not bother with the meaning and purpose behind the structure or the structure of the conversation itself, let’s focus on the building materials that were used. FALLACIES ABOUND!

          • Copenhagen85

            You can’t have it both ways. You say terrible, nasty things to peopleand about people and then claim to be better than them? That’s really lame. You hurt your own cause when you rant like a spoiled child.

          • Thought Police

            Where in life have you witnessed a clear example of anyone being “better” than anyone else? You assume that I believe that based on what exactly? So you are aware then of your fallacies? You seem to be under the impression that I experience some kind of emotion while writing any of this, which I may assure you is indeed NOT the case. While I may utilize some rather colorful terminology, like any communication between any people, the words that I use are merely tools. Words are tools, you may not like the look of some of them, but any sane person will not argue against that. I get it, you think I should have used a 5/8 socket instead of the channel locks, but if you can step back from your outrage at my choice in equipment long enough, you might be able to objectively look at the work that was done.

    • Copenhagen85

      I looked at your comments about hurting children and it made me feel sick inside. Only an evil mind would come up with disgusting examples like that.

      • Thought Police

        That’s an interesting opinion. However, what more effective way is there to illustrate the inability of any god to affect the outcome of any real event? Perhaps you should pray that I use less effective examples in the future.

        • Copenhagen85

          You’re examples just make you look mean, vulgar, and stupid. Stop flattering yourself.

          • Thought Police

            How you ever discerned a lack of intelligence from my posts is beyond me, but then that is perhaps because you are correct, and all of these big fancy words and my superlative syntax, impeccable grammar, extensive vocabulary, and apparent….there’s no point is there? Your like so many Christians, once you’ve made up your mind to believe something, there’s no convincing you of otherwise. Enjoy your stagnant “reasoning”.

          • Cthulhu21

            While I agree that what you said was just an example of why there is no god I think you could have used a better one. You know how these guys takes what is said and take it out of context. You’re sounding like a good example of an atheist being an asshole and that’s not helpful to you’re position.

          • Thought Police

            What then is my position? If it’s not clear enough by now, I have absolutely no reservations about writing things that lead to my being perceived as an “asshole”. People are responsible for their own emotions, and I will continue to manipulate weaker minds that so willingly offer themselves to me as eager pawns. I am very good at whatever I do; but don’t you worry my good sir, I grow weary of this site and the lack of intelligence here. I will likely soon abandon it to pursue entertainment elsewhere.

          • Cthulhu21

            You can still maintain your position, I’m just saying you can use different examples to help build a better case for yourself. But seeing as your doing this for your own amusement than really trying to defend a position your probably making more of this than what’s neccecary, as am I for engaging with you. I mean there’s better arguments against theism than the ones you used against rargos. But, yeah, I’m not you, you don’t need me telling you what to do. So sorry for imposing on you, just wanted to share my views.

          • Thought Police

            Yes, there are more logical approaches to disproving the existence of a god. But honestly I’m not worried about disproving the existence of something that doesn’t exist. If you were to engage in an argument about the existence of the tooth fairy, such an argument would essentially be for the sheer entertainment of the engagement. Deep down inside the very core of everyone’s being, they know that there is no god.

          • Cthulhu21

            Then why don’t you spend more time questioning their beliefs and less time attacking them?

          • Thought Police

            I’m not a one-trick pony. I can offer the best of both of those things.

  • Cthulhu21

    There is a lot of good to be had in an atheistic viewpoint coupled with healthy skepticism.

    • Thought Police

      Is not atheism a derivative of skepticism?

      • Cthulhu21

        I probably could have word that better.

        • Thought Police

          I wouldn’t sweat it. I was bored so I threw together some words. Your point was not lost amidst my pompous pseudointellectual rambling.

  • rargos

    “I have absolutely no reservations about writing things that lead to my being perceived as an “asshole”. People are responsible for their own emotions, and I will continue to manipulate weaker minds that so willingly offer themselves to me as eager pawns. I am very good at whatever I do;” – ThoughtPolice

    That’s about the best summary of atheism I’ve ever read.

    • Thought Police

      Whatever helps you sleep at night.

    • Cthulhu21

      He’s not a sole representative of atheism, nor are people who share a similar mindset to him. I ask you, can you really determine how a whole groupe of people operates if your only interacting with a small fraction of said groupe? You condem atheists for doing the same thing to Christians and other theists, so why the reverse?

      • Thought Police

        rargos is not capable of comprehending your or anyone else’s logic. Debating a theist is like playing chess with a pigeon. They knock over all of the pieces and shit on the board.

      • rargos

        “I ask you, can you really determine how a whole group of people operates if your only interacting with a small fraction of said group”?

        Agree completely. So why attack all religions and all religous people when it seems that most atheists oppose religion because of specific issues like homosexuality, abortion, creationism, etc.?

        I don’t have a problem with people being atheists — I have a problem with atheists who attack, insult, and misrepresent me simply because I’m a believer. Live and let live.

        That said, I haven’t met many believers who brag about their own imagined intellectual superiority to others, who fantasize about harming children and mutilating peoples’ family members, or who use pretty vile profanity towards people they disagree with — seems like that’s pretty common among atheists, present company excluded, of course.

        • Thought Police

          If you didn’t have a problem with people being atheists, then what exactly are you doing here? Identify your reason/s for being here. Were you reading the bible and all of a sudden taken with the idea that some atheists somewhere needed your two cents? Religions are inherently dangerous if for no other reason that the fact that they are based on lies and mislead millions of people into focusing work and effort that could otherwise be spent towards the betterment of humanity in general. That’s if you can dismiss the various inquisitions, crusades, jihads, inbuilt racism, sexism, intolerance, as well as the overabundance of other facets of religions that have been and continue to be detrimental to the development of mankind.

          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 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 degree 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.

          Since you obviously have missed it everywhere else that I’ve posted it. Or are you just going to ignore what you can’t explain? Can you explain why you place yourself and everyone else under a deity that is so violent? Can you excuse away and dismiss out of hand the FACT that your deity will not save you, me, or anyone else from the very things that it has promised to? Will you clarify some of the contradictions in your bible? If you can’t find any, I’m quite sure that I can produce more than you’d like off of the top of my head.

          So, when are you going to respond to the FACT that you worship such a violent and disgusting god? How can you excuse your dear precious LORD’s behavior? You can’t, because first of all, your deity doesn’t exist to have any behavior to excuse. You’re just as much of an atheist as I am, the difference between you and I is that you’re holding on to useless and detrimental traditions for selfish reasons. If you really believe that your god exists, and you really believe that Jesus has saved your non-existent soul from a hell that doesn’t exist, then why are you still alive? What are you waiting for? Where in the bible does it say that suicide is a sin? Would you not be in a much better place if you blew your worthless brains out? What’s stopping you from killing yourself and joining your perfect god in heaven?

          I’ll tell you exactly what keeps you from killing yourself. You KNOW. You K-N-O-W that there is no god anywhere to save your non-existent soul from a non-existent hell that was not created to eternally torment you for being what you were supposedly created to be in the first place. It’s all a bunch of bullshit and you know it, and you’re taking your anger with yourself out on strangers because they have the balls to face up to reality where you don’t and you’re jealous of our freedom from the shackles that you’re too simple-minded to shake off.

          You argue with strangers because you have nothing better to do with your time, and you artificially create problems where none would otherwise exist. Why? Why are you still here, why are you still pestering a bunch of people for being more in touch with their humanity than you?

        • Thought Police

          Live and let live? Meanwhile, the LORD instructed one of the group of prophets to say to another man, “Strike me!” But the man refused to strike the prophet. Then the prophet told him, “Because you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, a lion will kill you as soon as you leave me.” And sure enough, when he had gone, a lion attacked and killed him. (1 Kings 20:35-36 NLT)

          So really, what is at stake here is the development of humanity. When you offer up absurdities as the rule by which people should structure their laws and lives, you are waging war against the prosperity of your own species. You are a traitor of the highest degree rargos, and as such, you render your thoughts and words meaningless.

  • Thought Police

    So, does anyone have an idea where American Atheists’ next convention will be?

    • Dave Muscato

      🙂

  • rargos

    “It’s all a bunch of bullshit and you know it, and you’re taking your anger with yourself out on strangers because they have the balls to face up to reality where you don’t and you’re jealous of our freedom from the shackles that you’re too simple-minded to shake off.” – ThoughtPolice

    Maybe someone could use this guy in your videos — very entertaining (except, of course, when he’s not spewing profanity and fantasizing about killing children and playing in the gore of one’s family members). [see below]

    “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

    “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

    • Thought Police

      Your concern is worthless rargos, not unlike your opinions about the nature of reality. You may repeatedly protest the words that I’ve used, but neither you nor your non-god can refute my points. None of which either of you have bothered addressing. If reasoning and logic were clothing, you’d be completely naked.

  • Jaclyn Glenn

    Maybe she should submit some of her other deep, intellectual videos like this one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJQ-_WfR-bs&app=desktop

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