Chris Kluwe to headline American Atheists 2014!

This is awesome!

American Atheists revealed details on Wednesday about its 2014 national convention in Salt Lake City, announcing that speakers will include NFL Raiders punter Chris Kluwe, Survivor®: Philippines winner and sex therapist Denise Stapley, and Grammy®-nominated Spin Doctors bass player Mark White. The convention will also feature an art show, workshops, childcare, and a comedy show the weekend of April 17-20.

Kris Kluwe is frakking awesome!  I’ve gotten to speak at the last three AA conferences and, I thought, did ok.  Hopefully I did ok enough for them to invite me back.  I don’t generally fanboy anymore, but I might like a few minutes in the green room to shake Kluwe’s hand and to tell him to ditch World of Warcraft for League of Legends.

This is also awesome:

“We want ex-Mormons to know that there is this entire community of people here for them,” said Public Relations Director Dave Muscato. “Often when people leave the Mormon church, they continue to base their identity in it because they don’t know any other community they can identify with. The 2014 American Atheists National Convention will be the place where ex-Mormons know that it’s okay to take that step and start saying, ‘I am an atheist.’”

I fully support taking it to a religion in the area where it thrives.  If we were in Rhode Island, I’d want to talk all day about Catholicism.  If we were in Utah, I’d want to talk about how Mormonism is bunk.  Sure, this will result in more than a few exclamations of “How dare you?  This is <insert religion> country!”  Tough beans.  You’re the ones who need to hear it the most – and the apostates of your religion in those areas are the ones who need us the most.

Amanda Knief let the cat out of the bag on facebook, but I will be speaking at AA 2014, which means I will hopefully get to corner Kluwe and rescue him from his World of Warcraft ways with the soothing tonic of League of Legends.

That was close.  :P

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    If you had told me that the speakers at a convention were going to include a football player, a reality TV contestant, and a member of a band, I probably wouldn’t want anything to do with that convention.

    However, Kluwe is definitely a pretty okay dude. His writing ability certainly rises well above what one would (stereo)typically expect from an NFL player, and he seems to care about the right issues. I do not know the other speakers, but I imagine that they may also buck stereotypes to similar degrees.

    Should be very interesting to hear from all three of them. It’s good to have sharp, informed atheists in all walks of life.

  • Loqi

    Convince him to transfer to the Gul’dan server. We need people!

  • Andrew T.

    It’s a shame Kluwe never had a chance to challenge Reggie White in a debate. That would have been a football spectacle worth watching.

  • Art_Vandelay

    In light of Kluwe’s mind-numbing misunderstanding of atheism…I’m not sure he’s such a great fit:

    Atheists confuse me. It takes just as much faith to claim something unknowable isn’t real as it does to proclaim it’s real. The only way you’d know for certain, one way or the other, would be to step outside the universe so you could see how everything ticks along and how it all fits together, and at that point, you’ve effectively become God.

    Lee Strobel or Frank Turek could have said that and everyone at that conference would have called them ignorant or dishonest.

  • Leiningen’s Ants

    If you do get to shake hands with Mr. Kluwe, give’m an extra squeeze-pump and a grin for us less-than-muscular types.

    Then we all start our own EVE:online mini-corp, and work from there. Who wants in?

  • EvolutionKills

    Aw man, the Mormons are going to feel so trolled…

  • Loqi

    Looking through the forums on a few football sites is hilarious. Lots of “why are there still monkeys” and “he thinks two rocks had sex and gave birth to a fish.” I’d smack them down, but I don’t want to give the site my email. Based on the quality of the posts, It’d probably sail right over their heads anyway.

  • BionicWoman

    … soothing tonic. JT how high were you when you wrote this?