Note: This event is not sponsored by our group. I'm only promoting it because it may be of general interest, it is a big local event, and I also plan to attend. RSVP'ing here won't do anything (however, if you rsvp here, you can later add a comment about your experience regarding the meeting). You need to register at the main event website, mentioned below. (FFRF stands for "The Freedom From Religion Foundation.")
The main event website with all details:
35TH ANNUAL FFRF NATIONAL CONVENTION - 2012
WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 12-13, 2012
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Ave
CONFIRMED: RICHARD DAWKINS (pictured right), SARA PARETSKY, JULIA SWEENEY, KATHERINE STEWART, TERESA MACBAIN, JERRY DEWITT, ANNALISE FONZA, JESSICA AHLQUIST, MAX NIELSON, DAN BARKER, ANNIE LAURIE GAYLOR, REBECCA MARKERT AND ANDREW SEIDEL.
Joining previously confirmed speakers Richard Dawkins and mystery novelist Sara Paretsky are actress and playwright Julia Sweeney, journalist Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, Clergy Project “graduates,” Teresa MacBain, Jerry DeWitt and annalise fonza, as well as student activists Jessica Ahlquist and Max Nielson. DeWitt, director of Recovering from Religion, openly parted with the Pentecostal ministry last year. MacBain, who is now acting director of the Clergy Project, left the Methodist ministry in March with much media attention. fonza is a former United Methodist clergywoman and joined the Clergy Project in July. Ahlquist was a plaintiff in a successful ACLU federal lawsuit challenging a prayer banner at her high school in Cranston, R.I. and Nielson is a student plaintiff in FFRF's ongoing South Carolina lawsuit over a district policy that sanctions graduation prayer.
Barker (photo on the right), "The Singing Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" will perform at the piano and Gaylor will be the Emcee for the weekend. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert will discuss FFRF's legal activism and Seidel, FFRF's newest staff attorney will "debunk the 'Christian Nation' myth."
Official events begin Friday at 7 p.m. with dinner on your own. Dawkins will speak Friday night.