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Thu Aug 30, 2012, 01:55 PM

National Atheist Party Cancels Convention Due To Lack Of Funding

August 30, 2012 1:24 PM

BOSTON (CBS Connecticut) — The National Atheist Party is canceling its secular convention due to a lack of funding.

Troy Boyle, the party’s president, announced on its website won’t be holding NAPCON 2012 in Boston in October because it would bankrupt the group.

“After this year’s amazing Reason Rally, and flush with our successful recruiting and a spike in donations, we decided to hold our OWN secular event. NAPCON 2012 was supposed to be our biggest and best public event; our chance to show the U.S. that we could fund and organize a large, noteworthy and impressive ‘Secular Summit’ that would attract media buzz and even more interested members and donations. The reality is that we can’t,” Boyle said in the press release. “The donations simply aren’t there and if we went ahead with the event as planned, it would bankrupt us.”

The second annual convention was supposed to consist of several speakers and musical acts over two days, as well as giving away free prizes to fellow atheists.

http://connecticut.cbslocal.com/2012/08/30/national-atheist-party-cancels-convention-due-to-lack-of-funding/

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Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 02:07 PM

1. Proof perhaps that atheists are very independently minded.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 02:07 PM

2. It's seems like some of these organizations need to merge and work together.

I don't see significant differences between many of them.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 04:50 PM

3. I don't see significant differences between plenty of Christian denominations..

Evidently those belonging to those churches disagree..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 04:57 PM

4. And there are some umbrella groups for many protestant denominations.

They often do have different positions on certain issues, different rituals, etc., but there are denominations that have joined with others.

The thing with most of the atheist/secular organizations is that they seem to share some clear goals - pursuing church/state separation issues and decreasing discrimination against non-believers.

If one group can't get enough support to have a convention, it just seems logical that they might consider joining with other organizations.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 05:11 PM

5. I wouldn't know, I don't belong to any organizations at all..

Not a joiner of any sort..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 05:18 PM

6. Lol, you belong to DU!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 05:28 PM

7. Not really..

My star was bought for me, several times in fact, I've had one for quite a while but never paid for one.

ETA: I guess some people value my input..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 05:29 PM

8. It's not about the star, imo, it's about being part of the community,

which I would say you most certainly are.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 05:32 PM

9. Eh, I feel more like a sniper from the sidelines..

OPs in my own words seldom get many replies or recs, I guess I'm just not angry or confrontational enough..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 06:54 PM

10. I really enjoy your posts in frugal and energy efficient.

You are a wonderful contributor to that group.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:47 PM

11. Thank you, that's kind of you to say so..

Being frugal is something I happen to know more about than I would really like sometimes..

I"m also kind of lazy so I'm always looking for that easy angle..

Thinking about dipping my toe over in cooking and baking, I hear that's a real.. err.. hotbed of conflict over there..

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Response to Fumesucker (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 30, 2012, 09:50 PM

12. I love C & B and encourage you to participate.

It's a great group of people and you would be a most welcome addition.

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