A New Atheist Gathering Over the 4th of July

For the past two decades, the Freedom From Religion Foundation has worked with local organizers in Alabama to host the Freethought Advance gathering at Lake Hypatia, but this year the organizers have been unable to put it together due to health issues. So some of the longtime attendees have organized an alternate event in Tennessee instead. Here are the details:

Smoky Mountain Freethought Advance (Not Retreat!)

Because the Lake Hypatia July 4 “Advance!” is not being held this year, we have good news!

The Rationalists of East Tennessee is holding a substitute event in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, in Townsend, TN, July 3 and 4th.

Cost $120/person (children under 18 are free). Meals are a la carte at an additional fee. Lodging and Advance are at Tremont Lodge and Resort, 7726 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882-4039 (865) 448-3200 or (844) 448-3200 with a 10% discount if RET is mentioned as the Group. A block of rooms will only be held until May 29, so reserve soon!

There is a stunning list of speakers already confirmed with more to come, plus there will be the traditional “Freethought Jeopardy” and even fireworks.

For more information contact Aleta Ledendecker at aledendecker@me.com.

I’ve long wanted to go to the Lake Hypatia event but never had the chance. Hopefully that event can return next year, but in the meantime this one sounds pretty cool too.

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  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    You Athiests are awful! The ONE time each Year (July 4) when Jesus personally comes to visit his favorite Country, you guys celebrate not Beleiveing in Him!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    theschwa, now you’re just being ridiculous. Jesus is in America every day. He simply considers our country’s birthday extra special, much us Patriotic Americans do His.

  • theDukedog7 .

    Ironic that folks who deny that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights would hold this soiree on the anniversary of our founding document.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ theDukedog7 . : Hey, I got a challenge and some questions for you to contemplate here :


    You up for that?

  • dingojack

    Dog – that’d be ‘the Laws of Nature’ & ‘Nature’s God’, correct?* .



    * as opposed to the sun god your favourite Bronze Age goat-herders invented..

  • dingojack

    I don’t think your ‘jealous’ god is gonna like you breaking rule number one, better be careful!


  • Don

    @Dingo #5: If you read Exodus you’ll see it’s actually Pele in disguise…

  • dingojack

    I never knew god played soccer!


  • StevoR

    Two days later and despite leaving his dogshit all over plenty of other threads the DukeDog thought to be known as Egnornace the ignorant has failed to be up for my challenge at #4 here.