Five Hundred and Five freethinkers arrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend one of the largest Freethought Conventions in the United States of America—FreeOK 2012 on Saturday, June 23, 2012.
First of all, this is amazing that a community of reason, which includes Atheists, Agnostics, Humanists, Freethinkers, Nonbelievers, Nontheists, Scientists, Unitarian Universalists, and the Unaffiliated, established a freethought convention in the reddest of red states and in the reddest of red cities.
Most importantly, it is an increasing trend to have more and more freethought events throughout the nation.
This is great news for individuals who want to escape the clutches of religion or have escaped from religion but feel alone in their neighborhoods.
So what takes place in a Freethought Convention like FreeOK 2012?
Believe it or not, there is not much talk about doubting an existence of a god or gods or outlining the reasons why religion gets it wrong.
The people that attend these freethought conventions already doubt the existence of the supernatural and are already aware that religion gets it wrong.
The major themes of the convention were discussions on the scientific method (how do we know what we know), equality, and political action.