PATRIOT & ATHEIST: Kansas City Regional Atheist Meeting

PATRIOT & ATHEIST: Kansas City Regional Atheist Meeting

Patriot & Atheist: Kansas City Regional Atheist Meeting

 

Are you a non-theist who believes in the American Dream? Do you hold that the separation of church and state is a fundamental part of our national ethos? Do you want public policies based on sound science and reason? If so, you won’t want to miss the Patriot & Atheist: Kansas City Regional Atheist Meet, scheduled for Oct. 5 to 7! Nationally known speakers will present workshops and talks on raising the voice of rationality this election season and beyond.

 

Press Release

Speakers & Presenters

Nate Phelps

Dogmatic Faith is Destructive to Children and Other Living Creatures

Darrel Ray

Sex in Our Politics and Workshop: Creative Conflict Resolution

Rebecca Watson

Legitimate Threat: What the War on Women Means To Atheists

Shawn Lawrence Otto

God, Science & the Elections

David Silverman

Kicking Butt on the National Legislative Scene

Katherine Stewart

The Good News read more here www.medicinedrop.com Club: The Religious Right’s Assault on America’s Children

Amanda Knief

The Golden Calf: Why the Faith-Based Initiative Needs to Be Sacrificed: The Problems Created by the Current Faith Based Initiative Program and its History

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Workshop: Great Godless Lobbying: How to Make Elected Officials Work for Us

 

Harry Shaughnessy

Workshop: Fun in Fundraising

Joshua Hyde

Workshop: Showing the Humanism of Atheism: Service and Philanthropy

JT Eberhard, Hemant Mehta, and David Burger

Workshop: Campus Activism

Patriot & Atheist

VENUE

Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center
Rooms will be available at a rate of $99 per night until September 21st. Attendees can call the hotel at 866-837-4214. Make sure to mention that you are attending the Regional Atheist Meet in order to get this rate!

 

TICKET PRICING

Conference ticket prices includes Saturday & Sunday lunches.

  • $69 — pre-registration, through Sept. 21
  • $79 — late/door registration
  • $20 — student price

 

In addition to the speaking events and workshops, there will be a marriage equality debate Friday night. Tickets will cost $10.
Tickets also are available for a banquet dinner Saturday night at which Nate Phelps will speak. The cost is $32.

  • $99 — Full package: Conference + Debate + Saturday night banquet dinner
  • $55 — Full student package: Conference + Debate + Saturday night banquet dinner

$10 discount for members of KCAC! Members can contact us for the discount code.

 

 

Register now for the Kansas City RAM

Reasonfest 2012

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition had a great time at ReasonFest 2012. The Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics’ (SOMA) did a fantastic job of putting together this free conference.

We enjoyed getting to hear Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History, and Greg Epstein, author of Good Without Good: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, speak.

We also enjoyed the debate “Can Science and Christianity Co-Exist?” between JT Eberhard and Dr. Michael Murray.

Most of all, we love getting to see all our friends from across the country for a weekend of learning, fun, and REASON!

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Raising Hell

Oct. 28, 2011 KCAC celebrated Halloween in heathen fasion at Angel’s Rock Bar drinking and dancing the night away till 3 a.m.! Best of all, thanks to the generous donations of KCAC members and guests, we raised several overflowing buckets of art supplies and children’s books for Children’s Mercy Hospital!
Check out the full album on our Facebook page!

Santas for the Separation of Church and State

Dec. 28, 2011 the Kansas City Atheist Coalition gathered outside the Kansas City Convention Center and gave attendees of the “OneThing” IHOP convention an alternative point of view.

As Santas for the separation of church and state, we wore nifty Santa hats, passed out candy canes, waved, smiled, preached the wonders of morals without mythology and stood against religious zealotry!

Check out the full album on our Facebook page!

Morality Through Reason

Nov. 27, 2011 Adam Brown, KCAC’s PR and marketing director, and Sarah Hargreaves, KCAC’s president, gave presentations at the weekly gathering of the Community of Reason, the oldest freethought organization in Kansas City. Adam’s “What If I’m Wrong?” talk challenged the moral authority of the Judeo-Christian construct of God, and Sarah’s presentation, “Morals Without Mythology,” explained what KCAC is doing to de-stigmatize the word “atheist” in our community.

Check out the full album on our Facebook page!

Skepticon IV

Another year, another fantastic Skepticon! Notable highlights included David Silverman’s opening, “Skepticism, Atheism and Our Common Movement” and Greta Christina’s talk, “Why Are Atheists So Angry?”

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David Fitzgerald’s talk, “The Complete Heretic's Guide to Western Religion: The Mormons,” and Hemant Mehta’s “The Need for More Critical Thinking in Math Education” generated a lot of enthusiasm.

KCAC was extremely proud to have our very own Darrel Ray present on his favorite subject, “Sex & Secularism: What Happens When You Leave Religion.”

JT Eberhard ended the weekend with a very personal and powerful address, “Why Atheists Should Care About Mental Illness.” Go toHambone Productions to view all the outstanding talks from Skepticon IV.

Of course, when the talks are over, the fun is just beginning at Skepticon! The party scene at Skepticon IV outdid itself in weight and measure. Farmers Gastropub brought in a record, earning $8,000 on Saturday night and $15,000 for the overall weekend!
No skeptics conference is complete without a little controversy, and Skepticon IV was no exception. After catching a portion of Atheist Evangelist Brother Sam Singleton’s “Atheist Revival!” a local gelato shop owner took offense and posted an ill-considered sign on his storefront.

A few quick pictures and a post on Reddit later, and we have the now-infamous “Gelatogate.” The local shop owner apologized profusely for his impulsive and hostile reaction. The organizers of Skepticon and the atheist community at large accepted what seemed to be a sincere apology.

Happily, KCAC received some positive press while at Skepticon. President Sarah Hargreaves and Secretary Sarah Nessel were quoted in a local publication.

Adam Brown, KCAC’s PR and marketing director, was bestbbwdatingsite interviewed for KSPR-TV 33.

Skepticon IV was a smashing success, with great talks and great times! Thank you to Katie Hartman and all the Skepticon IV organizers for an exceptional weekend!

 

Heathens for the Holidays

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition’s Heathens for the Holidays event was a great success. We had food, drinks, karaoke and a Tree of Knowledge that ended up on the Friendly Atheist blog!
In addition to hosting the general festivities and merriment of the night, KCAC raised more than $700 for two adopted families.Check out the full album on our Facebook page!

Supporting Slutwalk

Sept. 17, 2011 KCAC, along with KC Metro NOW, MOCSA, GaDuGi,Missfits, Hollaback Lawrence, and EQUAL, allied with SlutWalk KCto stand against the pervasive and harmful practice of victim blaming and slut shaming in our society.

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Men and women donned fishnets, corsets, and clear heels waving and cheering as cars drove past the JC Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza. Many passers-by honked their horns and waved back in support of the gathering. Some participants painted messages such as “No Means NO!” on their faces, chests, and abdomens. Several carried witty signs and wore clever t-shirts with statements such as “Consent is Sexy” and “You say Slut like it’s a Bad Thing!”

“Whatever we Wear, Where ever we Go, Yes means YES and No means NO!” was chanted as we marched to Southmoreland park where DJ Sheer Madness was blasting club beats. An impromptu dance party broke out. Adam Brown, KCAC’s marketing and PR director, did a fantastic job displaying our “Positively Godless” and “Morals without Mythology” banners. We were pleasantly surprised at how warmly KCAC was received by the SlutWalk participants. We were enthusiastically approached by several men and women wanting to to learn more about our organization and get involved in our activities. We gained lots of new members and many more signed up for our newsletter and/or took our informational postcards.

Two local burlesque artists kicked the speaking portion of the event off right with a gorgeous performance. We heard moving speeches from representatives of MOCSA, EQUAL, GaDuGi, and local survivors of sexual assault. Sarah Hargreaves, the president of KCAC, also gave a speech titled Rape and Religion which focused on five religiously-rooted victim blaming, slut shaming, and generally unsupportive attitudes prevalent in our culture.

The event closed with a candlelight vigil in honor and remembrance of all the lives lost to sexual violence.

Huge thanks to the SlutWalk KC Team for putting on a meaningful and inspiring event and allowing KCAC to be apart of it!

 

Movie Night

Sept. 3, 2011 the Kansas City Atheist Coalition celebrated our inauguration over Labor Day weekend by hosting a movie night at Darrel Ray’s, author of “The God Virus” and “Sex and God.” We watched the first season of “Mr. Deity” while socializing with friends.