The National Atheist Party first approached me at the Reason Rally, asking if I would represent them in some way. Originally their convention was supposed to be in Boston just shortly before the presidential election. That would have been great -speaking at a political rally in New England when the political environment was at its most charged. However that event had been relocated to the other side of the continent and rescheduled for this weekend.
Over the last several months, I’ve heard some discussion over the idea of having an ‘atheist’ political party. Strangely the NAP has actually attracted some Christians who are frustrated with how the Religious Right took over the Republican party, and how the Democratic party panders to God in their political platform -regardless of the majority vote on that decision. So there has been some discussion about changing the name, and that will doubtless come up at this event too.
So this Saturday, March 9th, (at 9:00am!) I will be at the South San Francisco Convention center for NAPcon2013. I’ll be happy to see some friends again, Jamila Bey, Jessica Ahlquist, Shelly Segal. Richard Carrier gets to show me up again. There’s also this Dusty Smith character whom I’ve never met yet. This may be his first public appearance.