Richard Dawkins Down Under!

From the Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) comes the exciting news that Richard Dawkins may be appearing at the AFA Convention next year. From the AFA Forum:

Wonderful news everyone! A very exciting occasion is heading our way next year. Atheist Alliance International, of which the Atheist Foundation of Australia Inc is a member, is proposing we combine with them in having a convention in Melbourne in March 2010. With guest speakers the calibre of Richard Dawkins, Phillip Adams, Catherine Deveny, and yet to be finalised notable international and national presenters, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed. The convention will run from Friday night 12 March until Sunday midday with the cost of registration and meals about $250 per person and less for concessions. The theme is “The Rise of Atheism.”

We are still in the early planning stages but it would be of great assistance if those who have an interest in attending the convention contact head office by phone, letter or email and let us know. An estimate of numbers is critical to the success of this venture. Just write the word “Convention” in the subject line when replying by email.

See you there!

David Nicholls (President AFA)

I know  a lot of you out there, like me, would love to see Richard Dawkins and other atheist luminaries present speeches and discussion sessions, so why not go along. Contact details are available on the AFA website, let them know if you are interested in attending.

Apart from meeting various atheist luminaries it may also be interesting to meet some of the many atheist bloggers, forum readers and twitters face to face. Closer to the time I may put a call out for a few get-togethers with long time blogging friends, if you are interested in having a few drinks and a chat, let me know.

One more thing, if you are not already a member of the AFA, why not join up? If you can’t afford to join or don’t want to publicly put your name to a group such as the AFA, then at least why not invent a nickname, create a Gmail account with that name and join the AFA Forum? You can get involved as little or as much as you want.

While you are at it, if you are not already on twitter consider signing up and following a few of the interesting atheists on there.

You can follow me on twitter at OzAtheist.

I’ll be posting blogs and tweets as I find out more information about the impending Atheist Convention in 2010, hope to see you all there.

One last thing, in-case any of you are wondering why I have, quite a few times, tried to encourage people to join groups like the AFA or Australian Skeptics it’s for one reason: NUMBERS.

One of the reasons that the religious get so much attention is because they have “the numbers”, there appears to be lots of them. However, there may  also be a lot of atheists in Australia, (possibly 30% of the population, roughly 7 million people) but not many of them are in any atheist/skeptic/freethinker/humanist societies, clubs or whatever. Perhaps the only way we atheists will ever get treated seriously by government and the media etc, is if we can prove we have “the numbers”. So consider joining a group that suits you ideals. Become a number.

PS. I had a freakin great time at Groovin the Moo yesterday, just thought I’d let you know. 🙂

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5 responses to “Richard Dawkins Down Under!

  1. seantheblogonaut

    I’ll be going. I am planning on buying a house on the yorke pen. if I am not moving, unemployed or poor I will be there.

  2. I wish I could go…..

    Glad you had fun at Groovin’ the Moo even though I have no idea what THAT is….
    Maybe I’ll Google it!!
    🙂

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  5. I wish I could go as well. My responsibilities would have to travel with me, which given the location, is unlikely (albeit not impossible.)

    Don’t really care for Catherine Deveny though.

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