41st Annual FFRF Convention 2018

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The strong lineup of speakers and entertainers already includes HEADLINER Salman Rushdie, who has achieved worldwide fame both as a writer and as a resolute defender of freethought and free speech."Mythbuster" Adam Savage, actor John de Lancie, activist Sarah Haider, child author Bailey Harris, comedian Leihann Lord, and activist Debra Deanne Olson. See the full schedule here: https://ffrf.org/outreach/convention/2018-national-convention/schedule

Friday Reception - Complimentary
Light refreshments, including cash bar.

Saturday Nonprayer Breakfast - $60.00
Breakfast includes chef’s bakery selection, freshly scrambled eggs, locally cured Hobb’s bacon, breakfast potatoes, chilled juice and coffee.

Saturday Dinner - $90.00
Potage Parmentier (potato leek soup), Crispy Shallots, Chive Crème Fraiche; Champagne Brown Butter Chicken, Tarragon Mushroom Fond, Cipollini Onion and Comte Risotto; Steamed Broccolini; French Pear Tart, Frangipane, Vanilla Cream. Cash bar.

Ala carte registration fees:

$60 for members
$65 for non-members accompanying a member
$105 non-members
$0 students

Discounted Registration & Meals Package
Get a $20 discount when you bundle all meals and registration
$190 for members
$195 for non-members accompanying a member
$235 for non-members
$130 for students

New this year: Discounted registration & meals package! Save $20 by bundling 2 meals and registration. Includes Saturday breakfast and dinner. Or, register ala carte; pick your registration fee and one or no meals.

More on Salman Rushdie from FFRF:
Rushdie has been formally knighted by Queen Elizabeth and has been ranked among the greatest writers of modern times. He has received several international honors.

Rushdie’s many novels and nonfiction writings include “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” “The Ground Beneath Her Feet,” “The Enchantress of Florence” and “Step Across This Line.” He’s best known for his masterpiece of magical realism: “Midnight’s Children,” a saga of modern-day India. It not only won the Booker Prize, but also, on two separate occasions, the “Best of the Booker”, i.e., the best-ever work to have received the Booker. Rushdie has also written novels for children, such as “Luka and the Fire of Life” and the highly acclaimed “Haroun and the Sea of Stories.” His latest works are “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,” a New York Times best-seller, and, most recently, “The Golden House,” a depiction of current-day U.S. society and politics.

But it is his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses” (1988), that brought him to the attention of freethinkers. Its controversial treatment of the origins of Islam led Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa on Feb. 14, 1989, calling for Rushdie’s death. Rushdie had to go into hiding under police protection, a difficult time he dealt with in his memoir “Joseph Anton.” “The Satanic Verses” was banned in several countries and engendered worldwide protests, some of them violent. A number of people associated with the book were severely harmed.

Rushdie’s experiences have made him an active proponent of freethought. He is an advisory board member of the Secular Coalition of America and a patron of Humanists UK.

“Battle lines are being drawn today,” he once remarked, quoting one of his characters. “Secular versus religious, the light verses the dark. Better you choose which side you are on.”