Secular Movement Builds Momentum, Canadian Atheist Convention Sells Out

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The global movement toward a secular world, governed by reason and evidence, continues to gather momentum. Imagine No Religion 2, which has sold out weeks in advance, will bring together world-class speakers, thinkers and activists at an atheist convention to be held 18 - 20 May 2012 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Hosted by the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought (KCFRT) and supported by Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and the Centre for Inquiry Canada (CFI Canada), speakers at the convention include Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist and bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing, Maryam Namazie, an activist and commentator who founded Iran Solidarity and is Spokesperson for One Law For All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, PZ Myers, biologist and author of the Pharyngula blog, Desiree Schell, host of the Skeptically Speaking radio show, Christopher diCarlo, activist and author of How To Be A Really Good Pain in the Ass:  A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions, and many others.  Further information on the convention speakers can be found in the Appendix.

Bill Ligertwood, Director of the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought, said "KCFRT is excited to be hosting Imagine No Religion 2.  We have doubled attendance from last year's convention, with people attending from as far away as Amsterdam and from all over western Canada and the US.  This year's convention marks the largest of its kind in Canadian history and for a relatively small organization in a small city, it's an accomplishment that KCFRT is very proud of.  KCFRT continues to put the secular worldview out front in British Columbia and Canada - this is especially important right now with an avowed right-wing Christian federal government in power." 

Imagine No Religion 2 is part of a growing international movement.  There was record attendance for the 2012 Global Atheist Convention in Australia last month, the first Southeast Asian atheist convention was held in the Philippines recently and Imagine No Religion 2 is a fantastic part of this series,” said AAI President Tanya Smith. “Globally, atheists and freethinkers are demonstrating that we will no longer remain silent and we demand that public policy is based on reason and evidence, not religious interpretations. Atheism is no longer taboo, nor is it something to hide; instead it is a point of pride.”

Michael Payton, National Director of CFI Canada said "It is truly a pleasure to work with such esteemed collegues as AAI and KCFRT to present this convention to the public. Imagine No Religion 2 is easily set to be the most successful, educational and enlightening event to take place for atheists and skeptics in Canada and we are happy to welcome our guests, speakers and fellow leaders to take part in moulding a more inclusive and cooperative environment for all freethinking people in Canada and across the world." 

Further details on the convention and related events, including a comedy gala and public debate, can be found at the event website (http://www. imaginenoreligion2.com) and on the convention's Facebook
page (http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Imagine-No-Religion-2- Convention/).

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Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought 
Bill Ligertwood
Director
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kcfrt.com

Atheist Alliance International
Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is a global alliance of atheist/freethought groups and individuals, committed to educating its members and the public about atheism, secularism and related issues.  Atheist Alliance International's vision is a secular world where public policy, scientific inquiry and education are not influenced by religious beliefs, but based upon sound reasoning, rationality and evidence. Atheist Alliance  International's mission is to challenge and confront religious organisations and faith and strengthen global atheism by promoting the growth and interaction of atheist and freethought organisations in countries and regions around the world and undertaking international educational and advocacy projects.

Tanya Smith
President
t: +33 6 44 32 70 52
e: president@atheistalliance. org
languages: English (interviews in Spanish, German and French can also be arranged)
www.atheistalliance.org 

Centre for Inquiry Canada
CFI is an educational charity with a mandate to educate and provide training to the public in the application of skeptical, secular, rational, and humanistic enquiry. CFI Canada engages the public across Canada through conferences, symposia, lectures, and to develop communities where free thinking individuals can meet and share their experiences.
 
Justin Trottier
National Communications Director
t: +1 416 402-8856
e: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.cficanada.ca
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Appendix - Imagine No Religion 2 selected speaker information


Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Origins Project at the Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing.

Maryam Namazie, an activist, commentator and broadcaster on Iran, rights, cultural relativism, secularism, religion, political Islam and other related topics. Namazie is founder of Iran Solidarity and Spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. 

PZ Myers, biologist and author of the popular Pharyngula blog.

Matt Dillahunty, President of the Atheist Community of Austin and host of their live television program The Atheist Experience.

Desiree Schell, host of Skeptically Speaking, a syndicated live radio show and podcast that broadcasts across North America.

Dr. Andy Thomson, staff psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Virginia Student Health Services, as well as the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy. Dr. Thomson is a trustee for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Joyce Arthur, Founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada 

Christopher diCarlo, an author, outspoken activist for freethought and secularism, an adviser to CFI Canada, fellow of the Society of Ontario Freethinkers and board advisor to Freethought TV. His latest book is How To Be A Really Good Pain in the Ass:  A Critical Thinker's Guide to Asking the Right Questions.
 

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