We here at Atheist Alliance of America collaborate with many other national and local groups and would like to take this time to thank them for their help and support. The leadership of all atheist groups take the step to help other groups without any fear of competition. We fight this fight together:
American Atheists: www.atheists.org
American Humanist Association: americanhumanist.org
Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism: www.ammsb.org
Mark W. Gura is the Vice President of the Atheist Alliance of America and co-presenter of the Richard Dawkins Award, which was recently given to Dr. Lawrence Krauss at “Reason Rally 2016” in Washington, DC. Mark is also the media spokesperson for the United Coalition of Reason in Atlanta, the host of the “Blind Faith Vaccine” TV show, and the author of the book, Atheist Meditation Atheist Spirituality. Throughout his life, Gura has lived in and explored nearly 80 countries. He has more than 20 years’ experience in practicing mindfulness meditation/Vipassana. He is also the Executive Director of the nonprofit Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism
Secretary, Dustin Kemper
Dustin is obsessed with the ocean and spends most of his free time on the beach. Dustin joined AAA a few years ago and has been a big asset and support to our group and Board. Dustin currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Atheist Alliance of America and the Richard Dawkins Foundation of Science and Reason are pleased to announce Dr. Lawrence Krauss as the 2016 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award.
Dr. Krauss was born in New York City, N.Y. but grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics with full class honors at Calelton University in Ottawa, Canada. He was awarded his PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Dr. Krauss is not only a great theoretical physicist but he is also a passionate advocate of atheism and reason known throughout the world. Because of his remarkable ability to make a very complicated subject not so daunting, he engages many audiences easily and makes them want to learn more about the subject of physics and the laws surrounding the formation of our universe,” says Melissa Pugh, President of Atheist Alliance of America. She also says Krauss “is a light of reason in a world darkened by the excess of religion.”
The Richard Dawkins Award will be given this year by Mark W. Gura and Melissa Pugh to honor an outstanding atheist whose contributions raise public awareness of the nontheist life stance; who, through writings, media, the arts, film, and/or the stage, advocates increased scientific knowledge; who, through work or by example, teaches acceptance of the nontheist philosophy; and whose public postures mirrors the uncompromising nontheist life stance of Dr. Richard Dawkins. Previous recipients are James Randi, Ann Druyan, Penn and Teller, Julia Sweeney, Daniel Dennett, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bill Maher, Susan Jacoby, Christopher Hitchens, Eugenie Scott, Steven Pinker, Rebecca Goldstein and Jerry Coyne.
2016 CONFERENCE 10/21/16 | TURNER HALL | FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1-9 PM
The Mythinformation Conference brings a day full of education to the secular community – with speakers from all across the freethought spectrum. Mythicist Milwaukee focuses on educating the freethought/skeptic/atheist community about the mythological origins of religion, and our conference does that and more. This year’s conference features one of the secular world’s most anticipated debates between Dr. Robert Price and Bart D. Ehrman arguing the existence of a historical Jesus Christ.
Dr. Robert Price is a former Baptist minister who holds PhD's in systematic theology and the New Testament. Dr. Price is professor of Biblical Criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute and will assert the Jesus Myth Theory which holds there are flaws with the evidence for an historical Jesus and will make the case that he is no more than a mythological figure.
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A.Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1988. Professor Ehrman has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, and will support the stance that there is strong evidence for the existence for a historical Jesus.
Comforting Hatred: How to Approach Hateful Thoughts Towards AtheismAllie Jackson is the CEO of Atheist Republic, a non-profit organization that provides news,blogs,book publications and more.They have over one million followers and fans worldwide. Jackson focuses her personal time on providing emotional support to atheists in religious countries and helping them find resources for asylum. Through her work, blogs and YouTube show, Devils in God's Country, she fights the negative misconception about atheism in general.
Jackson will be speaking about how to approach hateful thoughts and acts towards atheism/atheists and provide comfort.
Thomas Smith-The Good Book Isn't. Believe me, I've Read ItThomas Smith, a multi-podcaster and alleged comedian, read the entire bible, adding quips and commentary for his creatively named podcast “Thomas and the Bible.” The show started in 2010 and was recently completed. Thomas also hosts “Atheistically Speaking,” which tackles tough areas of disagreement within the atheist community.
Thomas will be speaking about some of his favorite biblical absurdities and why they shouldn’t be ignored.
Rob Moore-Of Mice and Mythicism: A Movement and It's Golden Child
Rob Moore is host of the“Mythicist Milwaukee Show”podcast, and has interviewed dozens of the top personalities from the secular world. President of the Kenosha Racine Atheists and Freethinkers, Moore is an activist, blogger and poet who has strengthened the presence of Southeast Wisconsin's secular community through his efforts.
Moore will be exploring the topic of mythicism, the Christ Myth Theory and its impact on the larger secular movement. Is it a temporary trend, or a timeless tool?
Dan Barker: GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All of FictionDan Barker is the current co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He is the co-host of Freethought Radio, a national weekly talk show. He is a contributing editor of Freethought Today and is involved with the Foundation’s state/church lawsuits. He regularly travels the country and the world giving lectures, performing concerts and participating in debates with theists, often at college and university campuses.
Barker will be speaking about his new book, "God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction."
1 pm: “Of Mice and Mythicism” with Rob Moore 1:30 pm: “The Good Book Isn’t. Believe Me, I Actually Read It” with Thomas Smith 2:15 pm: “Comforting Hatred” with Allie Jackson 3:30 pm: “God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction” with Dan Barker 4:30-6 pm: Break (on your own) 6-9 pm: Buzzed Belief Debate with Dr. Robert Price and Bart D. Ehrman* 10 pm: VIP afterparty, location TBD
After a fun taping for a scene in Batman and Jesus, a movie produced by Mythicist Milwaukee (Look for me, I’m Wonder Woman!) Melissa Pugh, former President of AAoA was able to sit down with the crew from Milwaukee and discuss some things that were important to her, the movement and our group so check it out! Hosts were Sean Fracek, Antonio Blandon and the podcaster of podcasters, Rob Moore! They had a great time and AAoA was able to surprise a Milwaukee school with a special donation. Please, after you give it a listen, donate on our website! Enjoy!
Are you ready? Are you ready for the largest freethinking gathering in the nation? Are you ready to demand our rights as atheists, agnostics, secularists and humanists? To tell Washington that we are NOT second class citizens and we WILL join together as one and say NO MORE! NO MORE STOMPING ON OUR SECULAR CONSTITUTION!!! We are here, we are many and we demand change.
Who’s coming to the Reason Rally in D.C. in June??? WE ARE!!!! Please join us at the largest meeting of secular people in the world on the National Mall on June 4th, 2016. We’re all joining together to celebrate, listen to some amazing speakers and meet many new friends. The Rally is free and if you need hotel accommodations or a ride with a local Rally Bus, please visit http://reasonrally.org. Visit us at our table in the Merchant’s Tent and peruse a variety of items including books written by our 2016 recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, Dr. Lawrence Krauss and former pastor Steven Uhl! Sign up soon for the Rally Bus because seating is limited!!!
Reason Bus–All the information you need about the Rally Bus in your area!