Where Is The Love, Oh Silly Christian Propaganda Group Who Hate The #AtheistCon?

I am in such a snit at the moment. I could almost start devoting days at a time to action role-playing computer games as a result. Because (oh be still, my bruised ego!) – it appears I have been left out of the cabal of hipsterness, the club of coolness, the…

Well, I wasn’t sent a sodding spam email, even though I’m at the 2012 Global Atheist Convention. HURT.

Actually, no. But I am counting my (non-Christian) blessings that I don’t have one more thing to delete from the in-box:

In case that isn’t too clear a picture – it’s Stella Young, who is a presenter at the Global Atheist Convention: a comedian, disability advocate and Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia. She’s most puzzled about some unwanted correspondence.

Then, there’s a response by the equally awesome Shelley Segal, who has everyone raving about her music, particularly her newly-released “An Atheist Album”. She’s also been sent daft messages about her appearance at the convention.

[Oh, in passing - if you're thinking of attending the Dinner, you probably have only a few hours left to nab a ticket, so do so!]

What the? Well, they’ve both been bothered by some group calling themselves The Regal Standard.

not that kind. But they are indeed the kind of people who should be taunted mercilessly by the French for their spamming:

Here’s a summary:

The Regal Standard was designed as a response to the second global atheist convention which is to be held in Melbourne. The atheist convention seeks to deny God, blame Christians for many evils in the world and discourage people from the faith. The Regal Standard acknowledges and honours God, proclaims the many great things he has done through his followers, and encourages people to follow God. The media will not be sympathetic to Christians. We need to produce our own.

As Protium has kindly written out on the AFA forum, their chief weapon is prayer!

10. Q. Are there other things we can do to complement The Regal Standard strategy?
A. Yes. Pray. Have 40 days of prayer prior to Easter. Have weekly prayer events culminating with the event. Plan special activities for the convention weekend. There will be much interest in God at this time. Extend invitations to your community and arrange special programmes, hospitality, welcoming gifts and information etc. Consider having a number of testimonies during your Sunday service or whenever, to let people see the reality of God in people’s lives.

You didn’t expect that, did you? NOBODY EXPECTS THE… hang on, they’ll come in again. Spam filter got in the way.

Of course, by the time I started writing this blog-post, my disappointment at not being sent any such spam has dissipated and I’ll instead devote my sulking-time in wearing a different atheist or secular or skeptic shirt for the Forty Days before the convention starts. Take that, elderberry-spammers!

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Aliasalpha

    I have to ask, is the underlying pythonic theme of this post my fault for mentioning them earlier or is it just a coincidence?

  • Aliasalpha

    Also, just because someone is going to post it after mention of spam…

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Congratulations! You win all the spam!

  • Jason

    Me three!!

    • Kylie Sturgess


      You have better hair than anyone else in the convention.

      Even AC Grayling.


      • Aliasalpha

        Hmm, you didn’t take my hair suggestion and not long after you don’t get spam whilst someone with great hair does… coincidence?

        Well… yes

        • Kylie Sturgess

          If I sulk any harder, my face will cave in.

          • Aliasalpha

            I shall carve you a replacement face, out of spam!

            The downside is that you will look like you have nasty smelling jelly on your face though. It might not look much like you either since it’d be done with my dremel and I’m not that good with sculpture. Think of the advantages though, you could rob banks and noone would ever believe the witness descriptions!

  • http://rixaeon.blogspot.com Rixaeton

    40 days of intense prayer before the event? This sounds like a great opportunity for a Science Experiment!

    Let’s see if the convention is a greater success than last year, with added prayer.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Agreed. Mind, last time they had one sole protester out the front (with kids who were suffering in the heat). Everyone was very disappointed when the best argument he had was ‘Irreducible complexity’. PZ practically offered to give him tutoring to improve his case!

  • nemothederv

    You know the great thing about magazines? You don’t ever have to defend your position. Sure you get “letters to the editor” and maybe emails but no one ever gets to see those if you don’t want to show them.

    It’s like back in the 80′s, the golden age of televangilism, when you could broadcast any crap you wanted to the masses and anyone disagreeing with you would go unheard unless they could get their own T.V. station.

    Poor babies can’t dominate this series of tubes.

  • http://netaxxs.com.au Davo

    How deceitful to email presenters as if officially sanctioned by the GAC >:-(

    • Kylie Sturgess

      I think they should be viewed as spammers, dismissed and irrelevant. The GAC prevails regardless.

  • lordshipmayhem

    As Protium has kindly written out on the AFA forum, their chief weapon is prayer!

    You are fighting a battle of wits against an unarmed opponent.

  • http://furiouspurpose.me rorschach

    I’ll sulk just a little about the fact that I wrote about this like a month ago, that’s obscurity for you. But I thought the regal standard was a newspaper type thing ie that they encouraged Christians to read and/or buy and distribute, not something they spammed atheists with. Ah well.