The National Atheist Party was poised for its big break into the public consciousness. The Primordial Punch was brewed. The Darwinian Pigs-in-a-Blanket were all cooked. The Religion-Free Party Favors were all snuggled into their agnostically-sealed swag bags. The party was about to become a political force through their secular summit. And then the whole thing got canceled because of a lack of funding. Too bad. I don’t know if that faith repellant they ordered is returnable. Comments from the party president, Troy Boyle, are kind of sad:
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. The donations simply aren’t there and if we went ahead with the event as planned, it would bankrupt us.
This just goes to show, again, that the majority of Americans just don’t buy into atheist dogma. We might purchase The God Delusion because it’s controversial and we want to know what new insult Dawkins has crafted for us, but atheists couldn’t have alone made the book a bestseller. I fail to see why this small group has such a profound influence on public policy. “You can’t have the Ten Commandments there.” No. That might offend the small number of American atheists who sure take “non-existent” things a whole lot more seriously than the rest of us do.
I used to annoy the Atheist Club members that would set up on the walkway at Georgia Tech by asking them if they would like to join my Anti-Mermaid Club. They weren’t amused. I just thought it was kind of silly for them to create an entire philosophical system on the basis of something not existing. Yep. Sounds pretty bankrupt to me.