American Atheists is doing it again: they’re attending CPAC. I’m at a loss — this is simply incoherent, and sends the message that the atheism movement is so broad it is meaningless, it can encompass any philosophy, including explicitly anti-humanist ones. So why bother?
And weirder still, look who they’re sending.
On Thursday, American Atheists announced that board member Jamila Bey will be speaking on the main stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), after the atheist civil-rights nonprofit was banned from tabling at the 2014 conference. American Atheists will also co-host an exhibitor table at this year’s event.
“Our message is simple: Conservative atheists matter,” said American Atheists President David Silverman. “We’re returning to CPAC to make it clear that conservative does not equal Christian. The core principles many conservatives value—fiscal responsibility, individual freedoms, small government, low taxes, a free market—have nothing to do with the issues crusaded for by the religious right. Conservative lawmakers push away millions of atheist voters who want a responsible, small government and a free market, but can’t and won’t support religiously motivated laws that make our government bigger and more personally invasive.”
Bey, who is a journalist from the D.C. area, is scheduled to speak on Thursday, February 26 at 11:00 AM. Her speech will be the first by a known atheist speaking about atheist issues in CPAC history. Similarly, American Atheists’ booth presence will be the first organized presence of an atheist group promoting atheist awareness at the conference.
(Schedule updated: she’ll be speaking at 11:17 this morning.)
Jamila Bey, who has a blog right here on SJW Central? Jamila, the pro-choice black atheist woman who works for the Voice of Russia? I’m finding it hard to imagine anyone less suited to the politics of CPAC.
The only explanation I can come up with is that Dave Silverman is trolling CPAC, and trolling ’em hard. He’s not going to win over any of the reactionaries there, but it’ll put American Atheists in the news again.