Did you attend the Atheist Alliance Convention 2008?

If you attended the 2008 Atheist Alliance International Convention we'd love to hear your thoughts, offer you a place to post pictures, and link to your own stories about the convention. 

How'd you like it?  What was your favorite part?  

Feel free to post links to pictures, videos, or blogs with details. 

Billboard up in the city of angels...


LA Billboard

The famous "Don't believe in God?" billboard has now reached the other side of the country, going up in Los Angeles on "the 5" - heavily travelled Interstate 5 between downtown L.A and Anaheim. This sign is tagged with AtheistAlliance.org, in support of the Atheist Alliance International led by the irrepressible Margaret Downey. We expect tremendous support from the large and growing nontheist community of Southern California.

Minnesota Atheists cover Atheist Alliance Convention (video)

Atheists Talk cable program by Minnesota Atheists. "Atheist Alliance Convention 2007" recorded 10/4/2007

George Kane interviews Steve Peterson about the 2007 Atheist Alliance Convention in Washington D.C. They discuss Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and others. Minnesota Atheists practices positive, inclusive, active, friendly neighborhood atheism in order to: - Provide a community for atheists - Educate the public about atheism - Promote separation of state and church.


Atheist Campus Group Denied Recognition

We know of dozens of stories like this.  If you have a similar story to report.  Post it in the comments.

Posted by August Brunsman at the SSA on Sat, 2008-02-02.

This post originally appeard on Hemant Mehta's blog friendlyatheist.com.  Hemant is the chair of the board of directors of the Secular Student Alliance. 

Anatoly is vice-president of a campus atheist group that meets at Wilfrid Laurier University, a public school in
Ontario, Canada. The goal of the “Laurier Freethought Alliance” (LFA) is: “to promote science, freedom of inquiry, skepticism, and a good life without the need for superstition or religious belief.”

Sounds reasonable, no?

Atheist officer resigns from military

Wayne Adkins(atheist) case of Army Discrimination: FULL STORY FROM WAYNE HERE

Here are some snippets of what Wayne writes, you can view the pictures at his page.

AAI 2007 DVDs available

AAI PRESS RELEASE: November 19, 2007

2007 Crystal Clear Atheism DVD collection Now Available

AAI is pleased to offer for sale a beautiful 2007 Crystal Clear Atheism DVD collection. The full set consists of eight individual DVDs which include workshop presentations and a convention highlights disk. Those additional disks can NOT BE FOUND ANYWHERE OTHER than through this exclusive AAI offer! The DVD collection is presented in a keepsake binder with original Gary Smith artwork on the cover. The cost of the full eight DVD set is $80.

Featured convention speakers listed below are available on individually mastered disks for optimum digital quality! The individual speaker's disks are available at $10 each. Single disks are available for:

  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Sam Harris

Also available on a single disk are the following combined plenary presentations:

Christ out of Christmas article: Philadelphia Weekly

Taking the Christ out of Christmas


Santa is pissed. He's roaring abuse at the Christmas-stealing atheist grinches who've erected a “tree of knowledge” between the nativity scene and the Old Glory statue on the Chester County Courthouse lawn.

It's a comical sight. Pissed Santas always are. But it's more than that. It's symbolic. It's about Lyra from The Golden Compass with her gypsy and polar bear chums fighting against those God tells to bomb abortion clinics and fly planes into skyscrapers.

Unless you sympathize with those folks, of course. In which case it's about the ongoing campaign to rip America from God's bosom.

Margaret Downey Discusses Tree of Knowledge on Fox Network


Originally posted on YouTube by Ryokibin, who has a very nice write-up of Margaret's appearance on Fox news.

Tom Paine assembly, visiting Alton Lemon, 2008 party plans and Widener speakers

It’s three days after the presentation of “The Life of Thomas Paine” at the Philadelphia Academy Charter School and I’m still glowing from the experience. Interacting with children who are receptive to learning is so gratifying. The audience was comprised of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. It was a wide range of ages, but I think the text reached across the discrepancy of ages.

I ran a little late that day, but Kelly and Brian from the Rational Response Squad were there ready to unload my car, set up the room and help me into my costume. I could not have done the assembly without them! It was the first time they have seen me perform and yet they knew immediately how to set up the table of Colonial games and the PowerPoint. We were ready within a half hour of my arrival.

Kelly and Brian wore “I love Margaret Downey” T-shirts. It was so nice of them not only to be there to help, but to show the students and teachers that they support my efforts. I was so proud!

My first blog post here

Well, it's just two days before I am to present "The Life of Thomas Paine" to 100 children at the Philadelphia Academy Charter School. There is a lot of work to be done in preparation of the assembly. I have a stock supply of Colonial themed items to gather and count. All the children will be getting an assembly souvenir.
Thomas Paine assemblies provide me with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. I just love interacting with children and the children I have met so far have been delighted to learn all about Thomas Paine.