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ELLEN JOHNSON, President, American Atheists
WILLIAM B. DAVIS, Actor (known from his role in "The X-Files" as
the cigarette man and Founder of the William B. Davis Center for
Acting. Mr. Davis will speak on "A Skeptic In An Alien World."
FRANK ZINDLER, Editor, American Atheist press and American Atheist
Mr. Zindler's talk is titled "The Jesus The Jews Never Knew."
This will be a preview of his book of the same name which will be published early
this summer. Careful examination of Jewish writings from the first several
centuries CE turns up no evidence whatsoever implying that Jesus was an
JORDAN RIAK, Executive Director, Parents and Teachers Against Violence
in Education www.nospank.org.)
Mr. Riak will discuss the connection between religion and the physical abuse of
children. The title of his talk is "Good Clean Folks' Dirty Little Secret."
PHILIPPE BESSON, CHRISTIAN EYSCHEN or the La Libre Pensee, a leading French freethought group.
WHITNEY SMITH, editor of "The Flag Bulletin"
and Flag Expert
speaking on "Is the 'Stars And Stripes' Catholic, Protestant or Jewish?"
PHILIP STAHL Astrophysicist, member of the American Astronomical Society, speaking on "Modern Materialism -- Some Examples and Insights."
Mr. Stahl's book, The Atheist's Guide To Modern Materialism is available
for purchase online.
GREG McDOWELL, Florida State Director of American Atheists will be
welcoming guests to the Convention.
DAVE SILVERMAN, National Youth & Families Director of American Atheists,
will update the convention on the organization's scholarship campaign and
RON BARRIER, Director of Media Communications, American Atheists debates RAY COMFORT. The topic is "Does God Exist?"
Ray Comfort is the author of more than 30 books, including, How to Make an Atheist Backslide
(Bridge-Logos), and The Atheist Test (500,000 sold).
He has spoken many times on the subject of atheism, including at prestigious learning
institutions such as Yale University. He lives in Southern California, with his wife Sue,
and their three grown children.
JIM STRAYER, Scientist and educator, Mr. Strayer will speak on "Creating a
Creationist," an expose of how Christian schools use textbooks that not only
teach creationism, but also claim that the "science" presented in the
Bible is accurate.
JOHN MENDOZA and CARLOS LEON of "Blasphemy, the Movie." John Mendoza has a long background in Hollywood as a writer and director, and has worked for major studios including Walt Disney, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone and Paramount.
Carlos Leon is a New York Native, who after a career as a professional
cyclist, turned to acting. He has appeared on a number of hit programs
including NASH BRIDGES, TYRONE, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI. He and Madonna Ciccone
are the proud parents of a daughter, Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon.
"Blasphemy" tells the comedic story of what happens when Martin Garcia (CARLOS LEON) reveals to his devoutly religious parents that he doesn't believe in God.
We are honored to present a "Late Night At The Movies" presentation of
"Blasphemy" at the Convention following the Life Member's Dinner, with talks
by Mr. Leon and Mr. Mendoza. Both will also be autographing posters and
copies of the video version of "Blasphemy."
WILLIAM SMITH is Director of Policy for SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States), and will speak on "Federal Support of Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Education: Putting Religiosity and Hyper-Moralism Above Sound Public Health Policies."
MICHAEL PAGE is a standup comic out of New York who has written for a number of television programs, and appeared numerous times on the The Conan O'Brien Show. He now runs "Fade to Black Comedy Magazine," and will speak on "My God Can Beat Up Your God," a reflection of some of the best articles carried by his publication in the past five years. Many deal with the hypocrisies found in cults, religious fundamentalism and organized religion.
ARLO J. PIGNOTTI is an experimental musician and artist with a passion for studying religious kitsch. He presentation, "Holy Paraphernalia Mania!" is a 'show and tell' of religious relics from the past and present that vary from the silly to the extremely weird. Romp through the twilight land of religious devotion with "Biblical Action Figures," "Christian Foods & Beverages," do-it-yourself "Exorcism Kits" and more. Mr. Pignotti's talk shows the wild and wacky extremes people go to in the name of belief -- and the impulse to merchandise it.
Mr. Pignotti is a former Universal Life Church Minister, and is a frequent guest on the Atheist Community of Austin cable access program "The Atheist Experience."
CONRAD GOERINGER, editor, AANEWS speaking on Apocalypse Kitsch: Tim LaHaye's Left Behind Series and its Impact on American Politics and Culture."
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