American Atheists were planning on attending this year’s CPAC conference in a few weeks with a booth of their own, but CPAC decided today to pull the plug because they didn’t appreciate the “tone” taken by American Atheists and the group’s president David Silverman. Well, despite being disinvited, American Atheists still plans on attending CPAC and engaging in dialogue with religious conservatives.
Silverman tweeted out that he would attend and be live-tweeting and doing interviews during CPAC.
I am still going to #CPAC2014. I will be Live-tweeting and giving interviews after every speech.
— David Silverman (@MrAtheistPants) February 25, 2014
In addition, Silverman posted a statement on Facebook saying that American Atheists would still have a presence at CPAC despite the dismissal over “tone.”
Continuing to conflate religion and conservatism is not a viable strategy; this was apparently too scary for CPAC attendees to hear. America’s religious conservatives can deny it all they want, but soon they’re going to realize that ignoring the growing number of atheist constituents is a losing proposition.
This isn’t over. We’re still going to CPAC, even if they don’t want us there. We’ll be there to represent the interests of the 20% of conservatives who are non-religious and to advocate for our position that religious dogma has no place in government.
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