The Atheist Foundation of Australia is excited to announce that the next Global Atheist Convention 'A Celebration of Reason' will feature headline speakers Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens (health permitting).
The Global Atheist Convention will be held once again at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 -- 15 April 2012.
"This is the first time that the Four Horsemen have spoken together publicly," said Atheist Foundation President David Nicholls. "Their best-selling books on atheism earned the group the moniker 'The Four Horseman of the Anti-Apocalypse', and fittingly so as they have been instrumental in bringing forth a new enlightenment in the face of growing irrationality, fundamentalism and superstitious thinking around the world."
The 2010 Global Atheist Convention gave local, interstate and international attendees the opportunity to hear first-rate speakers from a range of fields including science, philosophy, politics, education, stand-up comedy and more.
"Atheism has provided the perfect foundation in which people can come together to celebrate science, reason and secular values in today's society. With the planet in a state of organised chaos and the menace of religious extremism threatening everyone's quality of life, this 2012 world-class event will once again provide rational discussion and debate about what can be done to address the issues facing the globe," said Nicholls.
"The 2012 Global Atheist Convention -- 'A Celebration of Reason' will also send an important message to Australia's political institutions that freethinking Australians are a growing force to be reckoned with."
The entire line-up for the convention will be released gradually via official social media streams in the lead-up to tickets going on sale later in the year. The last convention sold out well in advance, leaving many people disappointed to have missed out. The Atheist Foundation of Australia expects this event will also sell out very quickly and encourages prospective attendees to purchase their tickets as soon as they go on sale.
The Atheist Foundation has succeeded in obtaining financial support from the Victorian Government for the convention.