Leading Minds Speak Out for Secularism

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The 2007 Conference of the Center for Inquiry-New York City will take place at the New York Academy of Sciences at 7 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, overlooking the World Trade Center site and construction site of the Freedom Tower, on November 9 - 11.  Renowned speakers, scholars, and media personalities will meet to discuss the future of reason and secularism in an America and a world increasingly divided by religion.  Join Richard Dawkins, Alan Dershowitz, Peter Singer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, Wendy Kaminer, and many others for this historic event.  Christopher Hitchens will appear in a provocative, exclusive video interview made exclusively for The Secular Society and Its Enemies.

The New York Academy of Sciences overlooks the World Trade Center memorial site.
U.S. Air Force Photo/Denise Gould.

Themes will include:

  • The Age of American Unreason
  • The Next Islamic Enlightenment
  • Science and the Public
  • Student Freethinkers Speak Out
  • Secularism through History: from Spinoza to JFK
  • VIP Reception and Awards Presentation (with the International Academy of Humanism)

A Time of Challenge and Opportunity

The world is finally waking up to the dangers of religious faith.  Books defending reason and religious skepticism top the bestseller lists. Secular Muslims are standing up for freedom of thought.  The secular perspective has finally gained currency in the media and in cross-cultural dialogue.  Young freethinkers and secularists are organizing and speaking out on campuses, ready to carry the torch of secularism into the new millennium.

Yet religious fervor in the United States and abroad remains at an all-time high.  Science education suffers from the constant onslaught of creationist activists. Democratic politicians have joined Republicans in pandering to religious prejudices. The American courts are stacked with judges who openly denigrate the nation’s vital and historic separation of church and state. Islamic radicalism is on the rise in Europe as well as in the Middle East.  In many ways, societies the world over face the ominous threat of de-secularization.

How do we seize this moment of opportunity to address secularism’s many challenges?  How can secularists build a lasting movement?  What political and rhetorical strategies should the reality-based community employ?  Does vocal criticism of religion help or hinder the cause of secularism? Hear the thoughts of the world’s leading minds on these and many other questions.

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