In case you haven't heard, the end of the world is nigh. The Rapture is supposedly coming on May 21 of this year, and if you haven't made things right with the Lord by then, it'll be too late. (Look, he's been very patient with us, but he has things to do, and a deadline is a deadline...)
To mark this momentous occasion, American Atheists is holding a party/ RAM (Regional Atheists Meeting) in Oakland on Rapture Weekend, May 21 - 22. And I'm going to be speaking!
If you're in the Bay Area, you may have seen this billboard on the approach to the Bay Bridge. "The Rapture: You KNOW it's nonsense. 2000 Years of 'Any Day Now.' Learn the truth at our Rapture Party, May 21-22. atheists.org/oakland ." You may have even seen/ heard/ read the news coverage about the billboard. This is the thing the billboard is advertising! I'll be speaking there, on the entertaining and enlivening topic, "Why Are Atheists So Angry?" Summary:
The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. What are so many atheists so angry about? Is this anger legitimate? And can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?
Other awesome speakers will include Mr. Deity, Jen McCreight (Blag Hag), Matt Dillahunty (The Atheist Experience), Rebecca Watson (Skepchick), and many more. There'll be stand-up comedy from Troy Conrad and Keith Lowell Jensen, as well as the fun, inspiring talks and an after- conference party. It should be a hootenanny! And it's pretty cheap -- just $49 for the entire weekend, $39 for American Atheists members (you can join when you register), and $20 for students (for advance purchases).
The party/ conference will be held at the Oakland Masonic Center at 3903 Broadway: it's near MacArthur BART, and is wheelchair accessible. It goes from 9am to 9pm on Saturday, May 21, including lunch, dinner, and the party, and -- assuming we're all still alive by then -- from 9m to 1pm on Sunday, May 22. (Lunch and dinner cost extra, but not much -- just $25 for both. It's strongly recommended that you get the meal package, since dining options in the area are limited.) It'll be a great opportunity for community building, activism, networking and just plain fun. There'll be planning being done for the Reason Rally, the godless march on Washington, D.C. in 2012... and more immediately, for the godless contingent at the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade this year. There'll also be a special breakfast on Sunday morning (again, assuming Armageddon hasn't begun), fundraising for Camp Quest West, and you'll get to eat and schmooze with the speakers -- including me! Not that I promise to be very coherent at 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday, but you'll have the privilege of watching me fall asleep into my French toast. (Tickets for the breakfast are limited, so if you want to attend, register now.)
Sounds like a good time? It will be! So register for the conference. party now! Hope to see you there!