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.