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Published on Apr 16, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/ScienceReason ... European Atheist Convention 2012: Atheism is on the rise. More and more people are getting organised in groups to promote secularism and skepticism. In 2012 there will be more atheist conventions worldwide than in any prior year. The publications of the "Four Horsemen" (Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens) in particular have received attention beyond the English-speaking world and encouraged secularists everywhere to advocate for change.
What will the future bring? Can the secular movement become a worldwide power to effectively challenge organised religion? These and other questions will be discussed at the 2012 European Atheist Convention, 25 -- 27 May in Cologne, Germany.
• Michael Schmidt-Salomon, Executive Spokesman of the Giordano Bruno Foundation • PZ Myers, biologist and author of the Pharyngula science blog • Annie Laurie Gaylor, Founder and Co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) • Dan Barker, former evangelical preacher, author and FFRF Co-President • Taslima Nasrin, physician, author and international human rights activist • Michael Nugent, chair of Atheist Ireland • Rebecca Watson, Skepchick blogger and promoter of critical thinking • Carsten Frerk, author and editor of the German Humanist Press Service • Philipp Möller, press officer of the Giordano Bruno Foundation • Rolf Bergmeier, historian • Lukas Mihr, author • Gunnar Schedel, publisher • Valentin Abgottspon, teacher and secular aktivist • Joachim Kahl, philosopher • Colin Goldner, author • Leo Igwe, human rights campaigner • Tanya Smith, president of Atheist Alliance International (AAI) • Ingrid Matthäus-Maier, politician and jurist • Arzu Toker, journalist .