AAI changed by Margaret! BIG STEP!


Humanist Network News #10

Aug. 30, 2006

Segment 4: An Atheist Cold War Thaws?

Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, speaks in the studio with Margaret Downey, new president of the Atheist Alliance International. Downey explains why Atheist Alliance International and American Atheists, the two largest U.S.-based atheist organizations, hold their annual conferences on the same day. Downey says she favors moving the AAI conference date to foster more opportunities for the two groups to collaborate.

The audio is from show #10 of Humanist Network News


Margaret is trying to unify the atheist groups and we should follow her lead.  There are still some holdouts!  Who knows what opportunities have been missed as a result of core atheist groups not working together?  Unification of atheist groups could make everything we are trying to do much easier. Instead of working against each other, we could accomplish much more by working together. It is time to stop being "old school". The groups that have not yet unified could be holding us all back...let us work together and form one strong, unified group.

If you have yet to come on board please understand, Downey's Rottweilers hope to see all atheist orgs take a meaningful step towards unity within one year. 

The audio discussion above is now of historical significance as we look at Margaret Downey's feelings and opinions before she was successful at achieving her goals.  Unfortunately, the venue for the convention wasn't big enough. She wanted a venue that could accommodate 700+ speakers and attendees, but had to settle for a venue that could accomodate about 450 people. Margaret was outnumbered by other members of the board who voted for a smaller venue.  And she was right, as the venue sold out and had a waiting list of 600 people.  Only 600 were on the waiting list because many had heard that the list was already so long and didn't bother to add their names to the list.

- Downey's Rotweilers

(As of posting, this was not read by Margaret Downey.  Commentary in this post is solely that of the biggest, baddest atheist activist machine in the country, of which you would never want to be on its bad side because...we ain't Margaret.)