At the upcoming joint conference between the AHA, SSA, and IHEU, I have the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion on a topic that’s important to a lot of us in the atheist blogosphere:
Making the Case for the New Enlightenment: What are the best ways to get people to value scientific and critical inquiry, naturalism, democracy, secularism, and human based ethics?
In other words, what are the best methods to get people to respect who we are (as non-religious people) and what we represent? For example, should we take a more aggressive stance or should we use softer rhetoric?
The panelists include:
- Matt Cherry, Executive Director of the Institute for Humanist Studies
- Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain of Harvard University
- Jeff Nall, community activist and freelance writer
- Kelly O’Connor, of the Rational Response Squad
- Greydon Square, atheist rapper
- Rebecca Watson, founder of Skepchick (tentative)
What questions would you like to see them answer?
I’ll use your suggestions at the event and try to post audio/video/transcript — or at least a rough analysis of what was said — afterwards.
By the way, I’ll be on the Rational Response Squad radio show tonight to discuss the panel! You can listen in at 8:00 p.m. EST by clicking here.
[tags]atheist, atheism, American Humanist Association, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Secular Student Alliance[/tags]