Washington, DC—On Tuesday, American Atheists announced it will sponsor an information booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation’s largest such annual gathering. Believed to be the first-ever atheist-sponsored CPAC booth, American Atheists leadership will be available to answer questions throughout the March 6–8 event at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Upwards of 10,000 people are expected to attend. A special promotion will allow anyone attending the conference who visits the American Atheist booth to sign-up for a free 1-year membership.
“‘Conservative’ isn’t a synonym for ‘religious’,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “In fact, a fifth of conservatives seldom or never pray, and the same number state religion is not important in their lives.”
“If conservatism doesn’t embrace religious neutrality, its influence will wither and die,” Silverman said. “Atheists are a growing constituency—an increasingly united constituency—and conservative legislators ignore our vote and our voice at their own peril. We demand equality and fairness—nothing more—which is the very foundation of American values. Imposing religious dogma on its citizens should not be the role of the small government advocated by conservatives.”
“We are the fastest-growing religious demographic in all 50 states, and our growth is coming in large part from young people,” said Public Relations Director Dave Muscato. “Twenty percent of Americans are not religious; this climbs to ⅓ for those born after 1980. Atheists are everywhere, including the conservative right, and elected officials who refuse to listen to atheists won’t remain in office for very long.”
The CPAC conference comes just six weeks ahead of American Atheists’ own 40th National Convention, which will take place Easter weekend in Salt Lake City. The convention will feature such speakers such as former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, Survivor®: Philippines winner Denise Stapley, Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors bass player Mark White, Oscar-nominated director David A. Silverman, astrobiologist Dr. David Morrison, Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Maryam Namazie of the Council of Ex-Muslims, popular bloggers PZ Myers and Greta Christina, and American Atheists President David Silverman. The convention will also feature a costume dinner, live music, stand-up comedy, an art show and silent auction, national and local exhibitors, and childcare options for attending families. The convention takes place the weekend of April 17-20, 2014.
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