This weekend atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists and others of like mind will gather at the inaugural Kentucky Freethought Convention, organized with the aid of the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason in Lexington and the Louisville Coalition of Reason of Louisville–with major funding provided by the United Coalition of Reason in Washington DC. This convention follows in the wake of the Bluegrass Coalition of Reason’s "Don’t believe in God? Join the club" billboard campaign. Members of the press are invited to attend the conference and will be given opportunities to interview speakers.
WHO: Seth Andrews, Annalise Fonza, Edwin Kagin, Jim Krupa, Will Gervais, Gretchen Mann, and Jen McCreight will speak at the conference.
— Seth Andrews was a Christian radio broadcaster for a decade and now hosts the "Thinking Atheist" podcast.
— annalise Fonza, Ph.D, served six congregations in three states as a United Methodist clergywoman before changing her beliefs and turning in her credential. She is now a professional writer and researcher.
— Edwin Kagin, J.D., is the national legal director for American Atheists.
— Jim Krupa, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental and evolutionary biology at the University of Kentucky.
— Will Gervais, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of social psychology at the University of Kentucky.
— Gretchen Mann, M.D., the chief medical officer, Military Entrance Processing Station, Louisville, worked to end worldwide Gideon proselytizing on military bases.
— Jen McCreight is a member of the Secular Student Alliance board of directors, an atheist blogger, and a Ph.D. candidate in genome sciences at the University of Washington.
WHERE: University of Kentucky
UK Student Center
404 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40526
WHEN: Saturday, October 6th, 2012, from 9:00 AM to 6:40 PM.
WHY: Nontheists–atheists, agnostics and others who subscribe to no religion–may feel they have no voice in a time when traditional religions dominate public discourse. They may also feel alone–that they aren’t respected in their communities and are vilified simply because they don’t believe in a god. But now they have a place to turn and like-minded people to know. Come learn more about those who don’t believe in a god and why such a public conference is needed to change common perceptions of secular Americans.
The Kentucky Freethought Convention website has further information ( http://www.kyfreethoughtconvention.com/ ).
The University of Kentucky Secular Student Alliance ( http://www.facebook.com/groups/ukyssa/ ) is the campus freethought group hosting the event.
The United Coalition of Reason ( UnitedCoR.org ) is a national umbrella organization that has provided major funding for the conference and financed the associated billboard campaign in Lexington.
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