What a horrible idea…please do it

David Silverman, the disgraced former president of American Atheists, floated a trial balloon on Twitter.

If I created a non-woke atheist convention, focusing on atheist activism and fun, starring notable canceled speakers and stars, would you be…
Very interested 23%
Somewhat interested 18%
Not interested 59%

Who are the “canceled speakers and stars” he’d invite? It’s not as clean an identity as he imagines. Is Richard Dawkins one of them? Because people have expressed their strong dislike of his views, but he’s not exactly broke and living on the street, and he would still be a strong draw. Would I be one of them? I’ve been canceled by a huge number of atheists, and never get invited to speak at conferences anymore 😢.

It’s interesting that even in the limited, select group of regressive atheists who follow David Silverman, his poll couldn’t even break 50% in favor. Not that it actually matters, this is a kind of Elon Musk non-poll where the pollster is going to just ignore the numbers.

P.S. I’m only going to attend if there is a ball pit.


  1. rietpluim says

    I’ve been canceled by a huge number of atheists, and never get invited to speak at conferences anymore 😢.

    You know left-wing and liberal people are never canceled, even if they are. Only right-wing and conservative people are canceled, even if they aren’t. It is called the Law of Colbert.

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    As an exercise, substitute non-woke with bigoted and see how appealing it sounds.

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    Silverman: “Atheists are a marginalized group in this country!”

    Me: “I agree, just like a lot of other groups in this society. Maybe if we teamed-up we can help each other…”


  4. mordred says

    A non-woke convention? Does that mean black people are only allowed to sit in the back? Are women allowed at all, outside the kitchen area, or can they take part as long as they adhere to the dress code?
    No need to ask what bathrooms trans persons have to use, I suppose.

  5. says

    “A non-woke atheist convention?” Sounds like a slumber-party — only less interesting and fun…

    And what kind of “activism” would be involved? Most of what gets called “activism” these days, also gets called “woke.”

  6. rietpluim says

    @Reginald Selkirk #4 To be honest, I had no idea whose name to choose, so I chose Colbert more or less randomly.

  7. Cutty Snark says

    @ Great American Satan

    “Typical woke SJW, casting shade on a diet which might best be described as “humanitarian”. Really this is an issue of both sides being polarising – when it comes to eating people, can’t we simply meat in the middle?” /s

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll get back to my copy of “a modest proposal”…