Okay, it’s just for one day. But it’s still pretty cool.
Here’s the deal. There’s an atheist conference coming up soon in Minneapolis, on Saturday August 10: the Minnesota Atheists/American Atheists Regional Conference. It’s going to be a mega-spiffy event: I’m speaking there, along with PZ Myers, Hector Avalos, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Amanda Knief, Greg Laden, Stephanie Zvan, Rohit Ravindran, Kim Socha, Jill Carlson, James Zimmerman, Eric Jayne, Cliff Buhl, and Susan Campion. And if you register by July 31, you get the early-bird discount!
But the ultra-mega-spiffy part: The evening before the conference, Friday August 9, the minor league baseball team The St. Paul Saints is changing their name for the day to the Mr. Paul Aints. In honor of the atheist conference. Seriously.
A special group rate for the game is available for conference attendees. For $21 you can get seated in the Infield Reserved section (or Infidel Reserve), plus you get a limited edition Mr. Paul or Ms. Paula Aints hat (a ($29 value). Or for $10, you Outfield General Admission, plus a hot dog and a soda (an $11 value). And yes, you can come to the ballgame even if you can’t come to the conference. Info on getting tickets is at the conference website.
I’m going to be there. I even have my Mr. Paul Aints T-shirt…
and my Ms. Paula Aints T-shirt…
and my Ms. Paula Aints hat!
(It’s scary how much I look like my brother when I wear a baseball hat. And yes, I did a horizontal flip on the mirror selfies so the lettering on the T-shirts wouldn’t come out backward. And yes, you can get a T-shirt or a hat, even if you can’t come to the event: the Minnesota Atheists website has them in their store.)
Here’s the details. If you come to the baseball game, maybe you’ll get to hear me sing my demented, one-syllable-off version of “Take Me Out To the Ball Game.” Hope to see you there!
CITY: Minneapolis, MN (Minnesota Atheists/American Atheists Regional Conference)
DATE: Saturday, August 10
TIME: All-day conference
LOCATION: Ramada Plaza, 1330 Industrial Blvd NE, Minneapolis, MN
EVENT/HOSTS: Minnesota Atheists/American Atheists Regional Conference
TOPIC: Coming Out: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why?
SUMMARY: Coming out is the most powerful political act atheists can take. But coming out can be difficult and risky. What are some specific, practical, nuts-and-bolts strategies we can use: to come out of the closet, to support each other in coming out, and to make the atheist community a safer place to come out into? What can atheists learn about coming out from the LGBT community and their decades of coming-out experience — and what can we learn from the important differences between coming out atheist and coming out queer?
OTHER SPEAKERS: PZ Myers, Hector Avalos, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Amanda Knief, Greg Laden, Stephanie Zvan, Rohit Ravindran, Kim Socha, Jill Carlson, James Zimmerman, Eric Jayne, Cliff Buhl, and Susan Campion.
COST: $10.00 – $60.00 if you register by July 31; $10.00 – $75.00 after July 31
EXTRA EVENT: The evening before the conference, the minor league baseball team The St. Paul Saints will change their name for the day to the Mr. Paul Aints, in honor of the atheist conference. Seriously. A special group rate is available for the game for conference attendees.
EVENT URL: http://mnatheists.org/