Atheist Woodstock: Christopher Hitchens & Richard Dawkins Together in Houston

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Christopher Hitchens is coming.
For crissake, the Hyatt Regency downtown is going to be one godforsaken place next month.

Noted atheist Richard Dawkins had long been scheduled to appear at the Atheist Alliance of America/Texas Freethought Convention October 7-9, but now there's a special guest -- perhaps the other most famous atheist around, Christopher Hitchens.

Hitchens will receive the Richard Dawkins Award from Dawkins in a ceremony October 8.

"It was uncertain whether Mr. Hitchens's schedule would allow him to appear in person," says AAA president Nick Lee. "Now we will have both of these great thinkers in the same room on one evening. We are honored, and look forward to an incredible evening of insightful remarks and spirited discussion."

"Spirited"? We don't believe in that superstitious mumbo-jumbo crap like "spirits"!! Leave it to the rubes.

Besides speakers, the convention will feature "interactive panels, a vendor fair, live music, a comedy night, and workshops focusing on secular student leadership and secular parenting."

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B. D. Gordon, M.D.
B. D. Gordon, M.D.

How do I contact both Hitchens and Dawkins?  I would like to send them something I've written which adds to their position on religion.  Have admired both of them for years.Dr. B. D. GordonYarmouthPort, MA 02675 

Mediocrates
Mediocrates

''For crissake, the Hyatt Regency downtown is going to be one godforsaken place next month.''HA!

For evermore, one can hope.

Glen Sitton
Glen Sitton

Looking forward to it.  Never read anything from Dawkins or Hitchens.

VeroniqueD
VeroniqueD

Enjoy the event!! I hope Hitchens is able to be there but last I heard, he is unable to speak. A sad day for all of us and for him as speaking and words is his life.

Dawkins is an urbane academic with a passion. That makes him interesting and he is very familiar with his subjects.

Do I understand you properly when you say you haven't read anything written by either Hitchens or Dawkins? Or Harris or Dennett? Or Stenger or Wolpert? And lots of others on these topics addressed in the Atheist Alliance Conference.

If so, then you have a lot of enjoyable, pleasurable and enlightening reading ahead of you. Lucky you:-)

Travis Ringstaff
Travis Ringstaff

Richard Connelly, you made me instantly regret reading this article. You start by using a stupid phrase like "for crissake" which is misspelled urban slang not even used in the proper context and later on show that you have no idea what spirited means. Not to mention the tell-tale sign of an annoying fool using double punctuation to try to make a bad sentence look good. Houston Press, you have failed me.

Ribalding
Ribalding

You mean Christopher Hitchens is REAL?

All this time, I thought it was Tim Roth doing a Borat kinda thing.

Copa
Copa

I abhor people who shove their atheism in my face just as much as people who shove their religion in my face.

Glen Sitton
Glen Sitton

I am amused by people who go out of their way to be offended.

River Lizard
River Lizard

What?  Are they knocking on your door?  Did anyone say you had to go to the event?  Then again, did anyone put a gun to your head and force you to read this article?  No one is shoving anything in your face...I could only guess that you clicked on the link to read the article so you only have yourself to blame, can you handle that or do you want to blame someone else?

H_e_x
H_e_x

Hitchens is a blowhard who supported the wars in the middle east. He says some good things every now and then,  but the man has a mean conservative streak.Dawkins can be kind of a prick, but I toss that up to being an academic with poor social skills. Says some pretty damn good things though.He uses logic and science to prove his points, not some book rewritten countless times by men who had an agenda to hold onto power.

KiefnerC
KiefnerC

A blowhard? Wish you could blow 1/1000 as forcefully or eloquently in your lifetime?

He's an anti-fascist, anti-imperialist mainly, which explains his recent foreign policy positions. What do they have to do with his stance toward god/atheism?

Nothing. Don't be small-minded HEX. You can hold a few points in your head at the same time. Can't you?

H_e_x
H_e_x

He argued in favor of invading Iraq. That is a fact. If that's not imperialist, then please tell me what is. He may have changed since then, but that means absolutely nothing. It's easy to support something as horrific as war then recant, because then you have appeased everyone. He doesn't have a leg to stand on when talking about war because he was a chicken hawk.What does this have to do with atheism? Nothing more than some context to a man who so easily changes his positions on a whim. He says that religion is a force of violence, but he supported the invasion of Iraq, itself a violent act. And as for your last sentence, well, that was adorable. I love insults, but for crying out loud, why can't they be funny? You're just as bad as the people who yell "demoncrats."

IslandAtheist
IslandAtheist

I'm so happy to hear Hitchens is going to be there.

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