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Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: Into the Lions' Den!

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 8:44 PM

Thanks, Sam! No, I didn't get it but was informed of their back-out by Ian's post.

Awhile back someone on the forum (maybe Glen?) posed a question as to why most American non-theists tend to be more to the left. Here we have displayed the foremost answer.

On Feb 25,[masked]:14 PM, "Sam Salerno" <[address removed]> wrote:
Did everyone else get this message?

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From: "David Silverman, American Atheists" <[address removed]>
Subject: RE: Into the Lions' Den!
Date: February 25, 2014 at 6:19:24 PM EST
To: "Salvatore Salerno" <[address removed]>

Salvatore --

Almost as soon as we announced that we would be attending CPAC, religious conservatives started to voice their outrage. 

This afternoon, I received a phone call from the American Conservative Union Executive Director Dan Schneider informing me that the ACU board is breaking its agreement to permit American Atheists to host an information booth at CPAC.

Schneider cited "the tone" of a quote from me in a CNN article about our booth.

This is exactly the problem. The ACU, which has invited CPAC speakers such as Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and Sarah Palin, is afraid of my tone? My ‘tone’ was clearly an excuse to back out after our press release angered religious conservatives.

Continuing to conflate religion and conservatism is not a viable strategy; this was apparently too scary for CPAC attendees to hear. America’s religious conservatives can deny it all they want, but soon they’re going to realize that ignoring the growing number of atheist constituents is a losing proposition.

This isn't over. We're still going to CPAC, even if they don't want us there. We'll be there to represent the interests of the 20% of conservatives who are non-religious and to advocate for our position that religious dogma has no place in government. 

I'll keep you updated. 


David Silverman

PS: Our outreach work is only possible because of the generosity of our members and supporters. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.


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From: Dave Muscato, American Atheists <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM
Subject: Into the Lions' Den!

American Atheists


CPAC logo.

Salvatore --

American Atheists has a surprise for you: We're going to CPAC!

We are announcing tomorrow morning that we're going to Washington, DC next week to exhibit at the nation's largest annual conservative political convention, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

It's important to remember that atheism crosses political lines. In fact, according to Pew Forum, a fifth of conservatives say religion has little to no importance in their lives. Therefore, changing conservatism from within seems to be not only a possibility, but a feasibility.

American Atheists is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We're a civil-rights organization, and civil rights are for everyone—even conservatives. We fight discrimination; we fight for the separation of religion and government, and we fight for the rights of atheists. On March 6, we're going to take these fights behind "enemy" lines. 

We're grateful for the support of our members. To our knowledge, no atheist organization has ever exhibited at CPAC. We see this as a tremedous opportunity to reach out to other atheists, but we also face strong opposition—which is why Dave likes it so much! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to American Atheists today.



Dave Muscato
Public Relations Director

PS: Once again, watch American Atheists President David Silverman's regular appearance this Thursday, February 27 at 2:30 PM Eastern on "The Real Story" with Gretchen Carlson on FOX News. Make sure to tune in to hear what he has to say!


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