A Chance to Win Free Tickets to the Pennsylvania Atheist/Humanist Conference

The Pennsylvania Nonbelievers are hosting a statewide conference in September — students can already get in at a steep discount — but you can win free tickets!

All you have to do is send your favorite freethought quotation and contact information to contest@atheistpa.org. The winner will be selected randomly and will have their name and quotation read by Dan Barker at the conference!

(***Edit***: Only PA residents over 18 are eligible to enter the contest and that travel and lodging are not included as part of the prize.)

Either way, you can check out the impressive speakers’ list and get tickets here!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://twitter.com/TominousTone Thomas Lawson
  • thepoint2012

    how the divine pen of Michel Nostradamus crushed the international atheist movement

    http://dissidentphilosophy.lifediscussion.net/t1310-the-boobquake-911
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3lwG4MytSI

    one applicant right here…

    get the POINT, Randi….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rhoades/100000175617377 Scott Rhoades

    To take nothing away from PA Nonbelievers tremendous contribution to this conference, the conference is the result of a coalition of state and national organizations, including PA Nonbelievers, Lancaster Freethought Society, Secular Coalition for America, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Nittany Freethought, Steel City Skeptics, Pittsburgh Secular Freethinkers, and American Atheists. Just want our partners and sponsors to get the credit they deserve.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fieldsb Brian Fields

       Agreed – this is a joint effort, and the work and contributions by every organization involved is vital to this conference’s success!

  • Parse

    I could go to this.  I have the money for it, I have the time.  I’m even not that far away from the place, so travel isn’t a concern.
    But I won’t.  At least, not while Justin Vacula is speaking there.  Given his participation in the ‘slime pit’ – including posting Skepchick’s Surly Amy’s home address (https://twitter.com/SurlyAmy/statuses/236725192502689792) – I feel that attending this conference would show my support for his actions, and I refuse to do that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rhoades/100000175617377 Scott Rhoades

       Justin was included in this event because he is a PA native and public atheist speaker. The conference has no connection to Skepchick and will not benefit them in any way. If one speaker causes you to miss all the other great speakers at this event I respect your stance on what is important to you but I think you are truly missing out on something great. Perhaps during the 45 mins that Justin has for his presentation you can get something to eat, take a walk, or even go somewhere else to talk with others that feel the way you do.

      • Parse

        I understand the reasons why he was invited; do you understand why I think he shouldn’t have been?  The fact that the conference has no connection to Skepchick isn’t important; my issue is with his behavior and actions, and the thing I linked to is simply a recent example of them. 
        And yes, I am willing to miss the other great speakers because of Justin Vacula.  If I just vanish for his presentation, would anybody in charge notice?  How would that work towards making things different in the future?  Instead, I’m letting you (one of the people responsible for the event) know that the problem exists, and exerting what power I can to change it.  

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rhoades/100000175617377 Scott Rhoades

          Thanks for your input but the speaker lineup will not change. I am personally distressed by this sexist/feminist infighting in the freethought movement. I think sexism certainly exists but not in any greater proportion than any other conference. This is certainly something we should work on (see the conduct policy for our conference) but not something that should dominate the conversation and split us as a movement. It dismays me that people that have grouped together in the freethought movement are allowing this to distract us from our real mission of promoting positive atheism and defending the separation of church and state.

           Instead of acknowledging that the movement has different perspectives within in it, not surprising in a movement based on the rejection of faith based belief systems and nothing else, and that this issue is not black and white but has many shades of gray, we continue to spend energy arguing with each other instead of spending it where it counts the most for our cause. There has been an appropriate response to this issue and I don’t know of any conventions that have not adopted a conduct policy as we have done. There will always be people from both sides of the issue that are not happy with the final versions of these policies but that is to be expected from members of a movement as diverse as ours.

           I hope we can get to the point where we don’t snub entire conferences because we disagree with one of the speakers. Each speaker will a have a Q&A section where these issues can be addressed if you so desire. If you wish to actually have your views heard and possibly affect change as you state you do I suggest that such a forum would be of more use to your goals than simply not attending a conference, something that most people will not even realize happened.

          • http://twitter.com/SallyStrange Sally Strange

            Translation: unless you actually show up to our events, we don’t want to hear about your stupid issues.

            Nice outreach there, guy.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rhoades/100000175617377 Scott Rhoades

              I apologize if I did not make myself clear enough. I’ll try to fix your translator for you :) Parse indicated that attending would somehow indicate support for Justin. My suggestion was attend a conference that he seemed interested in despite being turned off by one speaker and to use the Q&A portion of that one talk to address him personally on the issues that concerned him. Not attending at all gives us no data to work with; no indication of displeasure. Attendees also received surveys in which he could have voiced his opinion. This is the first of what will be a yearly state conference and the surveys will certainly be a part of determining repeat appearance of speakers.

              Now, with that all being said, his remarks were taken seriously by me but they came at a time when the conference was close and the schedule was already set. I’m sorry if anybody missed either the event, which turned out to be great, or a chance to directly question the person they had a problem with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Rhoades/100000175617377 Scott Rhoades

    Hemant, can you please change the post to read that only PA residents over 18 are eligible to enter the contest and that travel and lodging are not included as part of the prize? Full Official Rules can be found here: http://atheistpa.org/contest/

    Thanks!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Done and done.


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