Lobby Day and Secular Summit

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As a nonbeliever, do you wonder why politicians are so inclusive toward religion and ignore atheists? It’s because we don’t knock on their doors and demand the attention and respect our numbers warrant. Learn how to raise your voice for secularism and make a real impact at the 2014 Public Policy Summit and Lobby Day, taking place in Washington, DC, June 12-14, run by our ally, the Secular Coalition for America.

Join some of the brightest stars of the secular movement for information on the intersection of science, religion, politics and the law. Learn how the promotion of science can have a positive impact on public policy debates over climate change, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights. You’ll be introduced to new skills and refine old ones, such as how to write an effective press release, organize campaigns that build relationships with the media, and get to the next level on social media.

 

You’ll not only gain the tools to make a difference in your state and nationwide, you’ll also have great fun and find inspiration by meeting with other secular activists. Bring your business cards on Friday to network with prestigious speakers and workshop leaders, including staff from the Richard Dawkins Foundation.

This event by the Secular Coalition for America is intended to get atheists and other nonbelievers to stand up and demand politicians acknowledge us as the important constituency we are. Of course, if you’ll be traveling from out of town, it’s your chance to explore the capital, with its free museums and where many secular groups have their nationwide headquarters. We are looking forward to meeting you!

We have a limited number of discounted tickets available! Hurry. Get 50% off your registration fee by using code: dawkins2014.

Written By: RDFRS

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21 COMMENTS

  1. I have often wondered why politicians are permenantly fawning over religious people and kissing their rings so to speak….but I answered my own question…..could it be that the religious people would generally believe anything you tell them like a bunch of old fairy tales or justification for future war agendas and the like…. while extracting donations for the christian governement nuclear fund…..and your average atheists are a little more questioning of so called trustworthy leaders, less gullible, harder to corral, non compliant, completely diverse and perhaps a great deal more informed than the sheeple….mehhhh….

  2. Politicians suck! They cow down to the largest check book regardless of the damage their inaction or action in the wrong direction will do. There aren’t many people for whom I have a lesser opinion.

    • Well said! In reply to #2 by Mormon Atheist:

      Politicians suck! They cow down to the largest check book regardless of the damage their inaction or action in the wrong direction will do. There aren’t many people for whom I have a lesser opinion.

  3. politicians acknowledge us

    For younger voters, the mountain is coming to them. To wit – individual candidates want to reach the young voting sect via technology. Considering it’s the ‘millennials’ who are less religious, seems logical to “make a stance” on facebook, twitter, ect. – digital delivery method.

  4. This event by the Secular Coalition for America is intended to get atheists and other nonbelievers to stand up and demand politicians acknowledge us as the important constituency we are.

    Best wishes for those making efforts in the US.
    Back in the UK, I exert an influence, by working on campaigns for politicians whose views I find sympathetic, – where I can talk to them personally on a regular basis. or occasionally write reports for them to use or circulate to other MPs or councillors.

    • In reply to #6 by Zieber:

      The Government is on their own stupid program. Who cares. Everytime i’ve agrued logically with an atheist they can’t argue logically. they turn into hate and intolerance.

      How are you connecting those two points? Are you talking about when you argue with an atheist in general or about gov’t?

    • In reply to #6 by Zieber:

      The Government is on their own stupid program. Who cares.

      Government programs have a habit of affecting all of us, so it could be worth making an effort to influence them.

      Everytime i’ve agrued logically with an atheist they can’t argue logically. they turn into hate and intolerance.

      Would that theistic circular “logic” which starts with preconceptions and goes around in semantic shuffles to come back to the notions first thought of?

      they turn into hate and intolerance.

      Really?? Perhaps you should read some reasoned discussions on this site. Perhaps many are intolerant of those who don’t care about damaging decisions which affect other people, or just project their own hate and intolerance on to other people who do not share their biases.

  5. As a nonbeliever, do you wonder why politicians are so inclusive toward religion and ignore atheists?

    No. I used to wonder but then it dawned on me that any religious or otherwise superstitious belief serves to reinforce another.

    It doesn’t matter which god (or gods) you believe in, the fact that there are so many million of you that believe in the supernatural gives my belief credence. The idea that you think your invisible friend is better than mine causes me discomfort but that’s nothing compared to the crippling thought that my invisible (but deeply cherished) friend does not exist.

    Surely we should join forces to rid our world of the infidels and then we can get back to squabbling over who has the better mythology.

  6. Its a little upsetting to me that RDFRS would advertise an event, that costs money to register for, when the messaging for that event, at least in the above description, has it attendees paying to participate in the circus that is DC politics.

    Washington DC moves on two numbers. Numbers in terms of $$$, and numbers in the form of voters. To attend an event whose purpose is to “learn” to speak their language….? Their language, is, “Oh, you’re a billionaire or billion dollar corporation in my district, schedule a meeting at once, Mary.”

    That’s a free seminar, your welcome.

    Put a half a billion dollars into DC, and/or a half a million people on the Mall in DC. Marshall your dollars and efforts around your best asset – Richard Dawkins, and leave the clowns to play themselves.

    • It’s sad but necessary that the method in which secularists need to use in order to make a difference is this bullshit system. But in the current climate this is the only way to get things really done. Logic and reason only play a small part in this system,but in a system that is so full of shit we unfortunately have to use some similar bullshit methods to attain certain goals. It’s unavoidable, but sitting there thinking about an alternative won’t make much gains whilst dealing with folk who have very little time for logic and reason and ,c’mon,it’s the USA.What are you gonna do? Kind of reminds me of how you might reason with a tribe of headhunters in Papa New Guinea not to eat you. You have to be creative. Saying,your meat might be bad for them,or that they should not kill you because it’s ethically wrong might not work. One might have to be creative ha. OK,I probably need breakfast …

  7. Learn how to be heard by politicians?… Sounds like learn how to practice democracy. Which there is obviously very little of. Church is kind of political organization isn’t it? There had always been a strong connection between crime, politics and church. Always. But, generally, I was always wondered why there is very little referendums in USA, if people want to change their social life.

  8. Nice… I am new to this blog,I am from south africa,I know what i’m about to say might not correspond with what is posted above. I was raised in a christian household for16years until I met this other friend of mine who was an atheist and he gave me a book to read called ”The God Delusion”-Richard Dawkins,I didn’t even get to the end of it, my mind was completely blown away,this book made me realize I was living a lie,I was living in a false reality and it took me some time to get over this whole christianity thing but I finally did and now I’m a pure atheist,although,here in south africa people are not fond of atheist. I really want to thank Richard dawkins for writing this amazing book, because of him I seek true knowledge,I’m interested in science more than ever before. I lost some of my close personal friends because they thought I was possessed by an ”evil” spirit,but I really don’t care,they can go on living in their fantasy ”God” fearing world,while I on the hand continue to live freely and happily,to all the atheist out there,You guys rock!!!!. lOGIC!!!!!

  9. I have just joined the Richard Dawkins group, because being an atheist, I felt that I would be “at home” with anyone connected with this institution. I was raised in a devoted catholic family, but it only took me a very few years before I felt uncomfortable with what I was hearing or being told. Consequently, by the use of my “common sense”, which I have heard is the least common of all senses, I completely woke up and understood that I am a 100% ATHEIST!

    I would like to let you know through this very first message from me, that I have been retired for a couple of decades; therefore, I will not be able to make financial contributions to RDF. On the other had, if I am still welcome, I feel that I may be able to contribute in many other forms to the continued success of this group.

    It’s unfortunate that I am not able to express my feelings in a more impressive manner, but I am sure that I could make myself valuable to you all.

    I will await with great interest what my come out of this, my very first declaration.

    Thanks!

  10. secular power and religion are intertwined at a level that requires a complete overhaul of the way the world is run. Take the queen of england as an example. She is what she is because god ordained it – the coronation isnt just a day out in the cathedral. So in reality she has no true authority but try telling that to the pyramid of wealth she sits atop…I believe boston brakes is the US term for that sort of thing.

    • In reply to #14 by yeander.wolf:

      Take the queen of england as an example. She is what she is because god ordained it – the coronation isnt just a day out in the cathedral.

      And your evidence for the existence of this god would be… what, exactly?

      Steve

  11. Most of the reason religious organizations have such exaggerated influence in government is simply through being organizations. When the backwash of centuries of socially and/or legally privileged status means you can claim to represent x million people, then you get invited to the White House and Congress because you are presumed to speak on their behalf, whether your views reflect that membership’s actual beliefs or not. For politicians, who are accustomed to building coalitions of voters in units of millions, they’re simply another coalition that needs to be brought onside, so having them wrapped up and delivered in neatly packaged denominational bundles makes them all the easier to engage with and manage.

    That’s why it’s important for people here to join secular organizations. We may scoff at the idea of signing up, we may be proud of the fact that we’re not “joiners”, we may like the image of being cats who can’t be herded, and we may point out till we’re blue in the face that the whole point of our position is that you don’t need to replace churches with anything else. But the fact remains: if the Freedom from Religion Foundation had 10 million members instead of the 19,000 or so it currently has, then Dan Barker and Annie Gaylor would get invited to the White House too, and listened to with just as much fawning attention as any evangelist or cardinal. The more people organizations like the FfRF can claim to speak for, the more powerfully the secularist position will be heard, and the more weight it will be given, when political decisions are made.

    • In reply to #16 by Jonathan Dore:

      Most of the reason religious organizations have such exaggerated influence in government is simply through being organizations. When the backwash of centuries of socially and/or legally privileged status means you can claim to represent x million people, then you get invited to the White House and C…

      I´ve said something similar in another discussion.. we cannot expect to get things done if we are as disorganised as we are as non-beleivers.. christianity has 1,5 billion members, how many do we number?

      • In reply to #17 by Anti-theist preacher:

        In reply to #16 by Jonathan Dore:

        christianity has 1,5 billion members, how many do we number?

        Globally? If you mean non-religious, then about 9.66% of the global population (look for “world” in the list given). If you mean explicitly atheist, then about 2.01%, at least in 2010 and as estimated by the CIA. With a global population of roughly 7.095 billion people, that gives about 685 million non-religious, and 143 million atheists.

        • In reply to #18 by Zeuglodon:

          In reply to #17 by Anti-theist preacher:

          In reply to #16 by Jonathan Dore:

          christianity has 1,5 billion members, how many do we number?

          Globally? If you mean non-religious, then about 9.66% of the global population (look for “world” in the list given). If you mean explicitly atheist, then about 2…

          thank you lots for this info ;).
          143 million is not a lot by the way.. but together with the other 685 we make a nice numer to be reckoned with..

          • In reply to #19 by Anti-theist preacher:

            There’s also the matter of geographical distribution, though. The countries with the largest numbers of atheists come from most of Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, other SE Asian countries like Singapore and Taiwan, and former communist nations like China and Russia (debatably). In the USA, New England states have higher proportions of irreligious and atheist populations than other states do. However, with the possible exception of a couple of South American countries, one or two northern US states, and Israel, we’re practically invisible everywhere else.

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