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Upcoming Talks in Des Moines, Sacramento, and San Francisco – And Brief Blog Break

Hi, all! Just a reminder about some upcoming talks I have. I’ll be speaking at the American Atheists national convention this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa — and the week after I come back, I have talks scheduled in both Sacramento and San Francisco. I’ll be speaking on the topics of “Atheism and Sexuality” and “Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” Here are the summaries:

Atheism and sexuality. The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?

Why are you atheists so angry? The atheist movement is often accused of being driven by anger. What are so many atheists so angry about? Is this anger legitimate? And can anger be an effective force behind a movement for social change?

If you’re in any of these cities, come by and say hello! Here are the details. (Some of this information has been updated since the last time I posted a schedule, so please make note of any changes.)

Americanatheists LOCATION: Des Moines, IA, Embassy Suites Hotel/ Convention Center – American Atheists national convention
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00 pm, followed by book signing from 5:30 – 7:00
TOPIC: Why Are Atheists So Angry?
SPONSOR: American Atheists
DURATION: 40 minutes, plus a little Q&A if time permits
COST: See convention website for details

Sacramento City College LOCATION: Sacramento, CA, Sacramento City College, Student Center
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
TOPIC: Atheism and Sexuality
SPONSOR: Sac City Freethinkers, Sacramento City College
DURATION: 60 minutes, plus Q&A
COST: Free to all Los Rios Community College District students and employees
$5 at the door for general public

San Francisco Atheists LOCATION: San Francisco, CA Schroeder’s Restaurant, 240 Front St.
TIME: 4:30pm – 7:00 pm
TOPIC: Why Are You Atheists So Angry?
SPONSOR: San Francisco Atheists
DURATION: 60 minutes, plus Q&A
COST: Free

Hope to see you there! I’ll be doing Q&A at most of these talks, so come prepared with questions… or just come by to say howdy!

BTW, I’ll try to blog a little while I’m gone, but I may not have the time. (If past experience is any indication, I probably won’t.) I’ll be back on Monday with my regular non-schedule. See you soon!

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