Upcoming Podcast & a Godless Assembly in Tennesseee

Upcoming Podcast & a Godless Assembly in Tennesseee March 26, 2014

If you’re interested, I’ve got a couple of upcoming public appearances, one of which can be caught online and another which will happen in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

humanist02First, I’ll be interviewed for an upcoming episode of The No God Cast podcast airing Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm.  The No God Cast is a part of the Secular.FM network and has in the past few weeks featured interviews with the likes of Peter Boghossian, Dale McGowan, James A. Lindsay, and James Croft.  Not sure how I landed a spot amidst those names, but I’ll pretend like it makes perfect sense and maybe nobody will notice the incongruity.  You can access that podast either through the link above or else you can like the Facebook page and follow the interviews that way instead.  Most recently, Tanner Campbell interviewed Madison Kimrey, the twelve year-old who has been campaigning against the more restrictive voter registration laws in her home state of North Carolina.  I expect we’ll be hearing a good bit from her in the future.  If you like his format, you should consider becoming a patron to help support his effort to bring more helpful interviews to the web.

humanist01Then if you happen to live in the Chattanooga, TN area, on Sunday, May 11th at 4pm I’ll be speaking to the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly.  This group recently began meeting on the second Sunday of each month to provide a place for skeptics and humanists to mix and mingle with like-minded folks.  You won’t find many such assemblies here in the Deep South, but hopefully that will change in the near future.  Many have been using meetup groups for some time, but groups tend to come and go because in the Bible Belt it’s pretty difficult to achieve the critical mass required to establish a thriving group like this.  Many atheists are closeted and cannot publicly identify as such for fear of social and professional repercussions.  It’s also a real challenge getting non-conformists to join a group of any kind!  But I believe organizing ourselves into communities is an essential next step to making life a little better for people like myself who don’t fit into the Southern religious mold.  It’s a great way to meet people, and from time to time you can even gather around a project or a cause, accomplishing way more together than any one or two individuals could ever do alone.

I’ll provide a link to the interview once it’s up, and as more opportunities like this arise, I’ll be sure to let you know about them.

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  • Thinker1121

    Congrats Neil! You’re an excellent public speaker and author – a rare talent. Good luck! I’ll be listening.

  • David W

    ^ +1

  • I would not be concerned with how or why you landed a spot with the other names. I can’t think of a better representative for all atheists. I wish I could make the assembly, but we’re using all of our vacation time now. Looking forward to the podcast.

  • Gra*ma Banana

    I hope I live long enough to see the Atheists of the deep south grow their numbers to a point that those of us who are closeted can safely venture out into the public arena without having to wear a “Scarlet A” on our chests. Neil, you will be leading the way for “Southern Skeptics”. I will be looking forward to seeing the interview.

  • Neil,

    Thank you for mentioning us in your blog. We are looking forward to seeing you in Chattanooga!