6th Annual Heretic's Barbecue

  • Oct 27, 2013 · 11:30 AM
  • Letterman Park

Join the Central Valley Alliance of Atheists and Skepticsas we uncover the

masqueradeDuring our 6th annual  Heretics Barbecue!

This year’s theme is “Deception in Science and Religion”.

Our special guest speaker this year is popular blogger Ed Brayton.

Join us for a Tri-tip barbecue as we explore the ways that science and religion has intentionally deceived us.  There will be a presentation on famous deceptions, and how they were found out, followed by questions, answers and discussion.

Our special guest speaker is Ed Brayton, from the popular blog, “Dispatches from the Culture Wars“.  He will be giving the talk: “By Their Love: Violence in Defense of Christian Privilege”.

You are welcome (and encouraged) to attend in costume!

Event Information

• Date:   Sunday, October 27, 2013

• Time:   Arrive for “meet and greet” at 11:30 am.  Lunch is served at noon to 12:30.

• Location:   Our venue is located at Letterman Park, at 1009 Villa Avenue, Clovis CA 93612.  (Click for Google map) Tickets:  You can purchase tickets for this event at the CVAAS Online Store.   

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the event – so purchase your ticket now to help us welcome everyone.

Speaker Information

Mark Boyd

Co-founder and past president of CVAAS, Mark will give the talk, “Deception in Science and Religion“.

Ed Brayton

Ed Brayton is the voice behind the popular blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars. He is the co-founder of Michigan Citizens for Science and also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Inquiry – Michigan. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow show and on C-SPAN and is a frequent guest on nationally syndicated radio shows discussing religion and politics.

Ed will give the talk: “By Their Love: Violence in Defense of Christian Privilege“.

Give us your support

Help us advertise!

You can help CVAAS by advertising the Heretic’s Barbecue.  And we have made it easy for you to do.  You can download our handy flier (PDF), print it out, and distribute it to everyone you know.  or you can tell everyone about us on Facebook or the social media of your choice


As we do every year, we will hold an auction of used books and other goods.  We are asking for donations – a book (or anything else) that you found fascinating and that you think other secular and skeptical folks would find interesting.  We will auction these items off to help us pay for our yearly operating costs.


We need help to pull this off!  We need people to watch over auction sales and to welcome new guests.  We need people willing to help us set up and tear down.  We need a cook’s helper.  If you are interested in giving a talk, please let us know that too.  Most of all, we need a couple of people with vehicles to volunteer to be Mr. Brayton’s chauffeur!

If you want to be part of the volunteer effort, send an email to [masked], or sign up for the BBQ planning committee on Meetup.com.


CVAAS has always run on a shoestring.  Our yearly budget is about a thousand dollars, which is covered by the proceeds of this barbecue and membership sales.

To bring interesting speakers to this and future events we need YOUR help!  Now is a great time to become a new member, and at the same time you will be helping CVAAS bring Ed Brayton to Fresno.  This is also a great time to renew your membership!

Also, we need your donation.  Donations help us bring Ed Brayton and other future speakers to Fresno.  As a skeptic or atheist in the San Joaquin Valley, how many times have you wanted to see one of these great speakers, but couldn’t afford the time or money to travel to see them?  Now CVAAS is trying to bring them here – so please help us out!

If you would like to purchase or renew your membership, or if you would like to buy shirt or cap with our CVAAS logo, now is the time.

Last, CVAAS has opened a CafePress store with T-shirts and other logo items.  A portion of each purchase there goes to CVAAS, and will be used to help us operate.

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  • julia

    The two talks - both Ed Brayton & Mark Boyd - were very very GOOD!!

    2 · October 28, 2013

  • John B.

    Thanks also to everyone to who donated items to the auction and purchased items!

    3 · October 28, 2013

  • Cart D.

    In a word ... FABULOUS!

    2 · October 28, 2013

  • Mark B.

    First, thanks to EVERYONE for making this year so great. A special thanks to our guest speaker, Ed Brayton - who even after a personal problem kept him from being here in person was still willing to come here virtually!

    Good food, good friends, new friends, an auction and lots of very serious conversation made this a great event! Thanks everyone!

    4 · October 27, 2013

  • Russ

    I was told that I was supposed to get a link to a page where I'd buy the tickets and I haven't received a email with that link answer me please send me an email so I can purchase the tickets today thank you

    October 26, 2013

  • Ken

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it this year. Hopefully next year. BTW, I hear David is putting together a South Valley Skeptics Darwin Feast on Feb. 9, beginning at 2 p.m in Visalia. Be there. Ken

    October 26, 2013

  • Skay D.

    Gah - sorry I'm going to have to miss it this year. Hopefully next year things will be better and I can be there for sure. Hope everybody has a great time and that it's a huge success!

    October 26, 2013

  • julia

    By the way WHO IS President of CVAAS now? Sorry I missed that. Also as for "Science and religion intentionally deceiving us" I would just have to say: that is then not REAL science(?) but certainly could and/or would be REAL religion.
    [Added note: I sure hope at least some of us are going to the "Freethought Day" in Sac soon after this annual "Heretics" BBQ - Saturday October 12th - I am looking to carpool to attend & donate to the event, plus gasoline $] Thank-You For Reading This Message :)

    September 18, 2013

    • Anthony N

      Sounds close to "no true scotsman". If you define science as the human endeavor of investigating the natural world and the associated community of people called scientists, then sure, it can deceive.

      September 19, 2013

    • julia

      I just read up on the "no true scotsman", that doesn't fit here. I am only loyal to science, and not to the "scientists". I was merely going by the "deception" being intentional, and once again there it would not be REAL science. Whereas REAL religion of course is purposeful deception. But maybe after I hear this talk I will have a new and/or different perspective - I am always open to REAL education.

      September 23, 2013

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