Anybody want to sit with the superstars?

I got my speaker book for the Freethought Festival in Madison this weekend and on page three I saw the following sentence.

Seats will be reserved for speakers in the front row of the lecture hall.

Ugh, class distinction.  So I wrote back and asked the organizers if I could give up my seat.  They said sure.  So I’m going to go sit in the audience and let other people sit up with the superstars (and there will be a lot of them there).

There will be lots of talks.  If multiple people want the seat, we can work something out for who gets it and when.  Leave a request for it in the comments here and I’ll work something out.

Also, if you’re going to be at the Freethought Festival leave a comment so I can be sure and get a hug from you!  :)  If there’s enough of us there, maybe we can all grab lunch or something.  :)

  • Nicole

    Aren’t you perpetuating the idea of class distinction by enticing folks to sit with “superstars”?

    Just a thought.

    • Kenny Flagg

      The idea is more orientated at giving people the opportunity. JT speaks at a lot of conferences. He’s had the chance to sit with fellow speakers. “Why not give it up” is the rationale, I think.

      The organizers of the conference have a separation, and JT isn’t going to change that, so this is the next best thing.

      Wish I could make it by the way. I will be just over in MN! :/

    • JT Eberhard


      They are the most popular people in this movement. Acknowledging that creates no more of a class distinction than acknowledging that one atheist is stronger than another.

      It’s when they start getting different treatment that the distinction starts to form. I don’t like it. So I’m sitting with everybody else and giving my seat to some other person. :)

  • Anton (not that one)

    Good! I’m coming on saturday and sunday with friends. Hugs for this youngster will be appreciated :)

  • Stephen

    My girlfriend and I will be there on Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately we had already made plans for Friday night months ago. We can’t wait. This will be the first big atheist gathering we’ve been able to go to.

    • Garfitor

      Rock on! My girlfriend and I are gonna be there Saturday, it’s also our first atheist event, and we’re totally stoked!

      Sitting with the rock stars would be awesome, but I wouldn’t want to be separated from my girlfriend. We’re both totally down with hugs though! :D

  • neatospiderplant

    I really wish I could have gone. It’s my birthday on Saturday and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 30th than hearing so many awesome speakers. Unfortunately, there are two giant lakes in the way that doubles the driving distance and spending 13 hours each way takes away just enough awesomeness the weekend would have that I decided to sit this one out.