Given that the International Anti-Theist Convention will feature such Intellectual Giants as Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss and Stephen Law, I had to look more closely into it. In other words, I read their web page. But in doing so, I immediately discovered a huge disconnect. If Dawkins and Krauss are so smart, why are they attending a conference that appears to be run by children?
Check out this web page announcing the bountiful supply of awards that will be handed out. Now I ask you – doesn’t this page read like something a 14-year old would write? And no, I am not talking about the cheesy web design. Focus on the text. We start with this:
You’ve heard of the Oscars, Emmys and Baftas?
Okay, so immediately we begin by comparing atheist intellectuals to….movie and TV stars. Something a child would do!
The childish writer then introduces his own award:
This is the Attys! (the Anti-Theism International Awards)
The Attys? I’m not sure how ATIA becomes Atty, but then, a child’s imagination can be quite creative.
What are the Attys?
The Atty Awards are probably the most prestigious Awards in the Atheist Community
Really? Says who? As far as I can tell, the organizers of this conference decided to invent these awards to get some attention, but as of December 2019, not one person has ever won such an award. So how can an award that has never yet to have been given earned the reputation of being “most prestigious?” Obviously, this is an example of a child’s tendency to exaggerate. The writer probably originally wrote “The Atty awards are the most super-duper awards in the Atheist Community,” but his mom suggested a better word – prestigious. Of course, if an adult wrote that, they would be lying.
and winning a Atty Award will not only get you recognition within the Atheist Community, it will give you a chance to enjoy giving worldwide speaking engagements as well as Keynote presentations at many events around the world.
There is no evidence any of these awards are going to make someone famous worldwide, enough to nail down Keynote presentations across the globe. Thus, this is either more childish exaggeration or adult lies.
Another line of evidence that indicates children put this together is the sheer number of typos, errors, and awkward sentences that saturate the page. Let’s look:
The Awards will be presented by some of the most famous atheist on the planet and
Can’t wait to see all the famous atheist presenting all those awards.
the winners will be invited to the VIP area of the after awards ceremony for photo opportunites and press talks.
A spell checker would have helped.
Atheist of the Year 2020
The recipient of this award will have shown him/herself, within the last year, to have been an outstanding member of the atheist community having contributed to making the atheist way of life come to be perceived as normal.
That sentence hurt my eyes.
Best Atheist Author 2020 for Children
The young always been a target audience for proselytizers, but now we have atheist writers addressing this market.
Young always been target. Says Hulk.
If you think you, or someone you know, qualifies for the Award of Atheist Author 2020 please complete the form below.
Nice. You win the Award of Atheist Author 2020 for being the Best Atheist Author 2020 for Children.
Jesus Mythicist of the year
LOL. This one needs its own posting!
Atheist Podcaster of the year
We live in a new era of internet technology: social media makes it possible to disseminate ideas like a contagious disease.
This one made me LOL. Disseminating atheist ideas like a contagious disease. Not sure I’ll dispute that one.
If you think you, or someone you know, qualifies for the Award of Atheist Impact of the Decade please complete the form below.
Oh my. You win the Award of Atheist Impact of the Decade for being the Atheist Podcaster of the year whose ideas are like a contagious disease.
Public Atheist Award
The Public Atheist award will be awarded to the person or organization who are doing the most to raise public awareness about the dangers of Religion.
You get a public atheist award for bashing religion.
From fighting school systems to teaching Religion in classes. From Promoting the ideas of humanism as apposed to Religion, this award if dedicated to that person or organization which is doing their best to ensure humankind is placed before dogma.
I’m so glad I am not a teacher grading this. My red pen would have exploded all over my face.
Young Atheist of the year 2020
This is the century of the Young. Social media can make stars of teenagers overnight – the climate change movement has Greta Thunberg and then there’s Malala Yousafzi…
We are looking to recognize the best young atheist of 2020.
If you think you, or someone you know, qualifies for the Award of Best Atheist Video Maker please complete the form below.
So the Young Atheist of year 2020 gets the Award of Best Atheist Video Maker.
Hitchens Trophy for Atheist Eloquence
His rumbling bass voice speaking, ex tempore, prose fit for an editorial in a broadsheet, including words that are not in the common vocabulary and quotes from the wise and the ancient, Hitch was mesmerizing to all who had the good fortune to hear him perform.
I don’t think this sentence would exactly qualify as an example of eloquence.
What a mess. As I said, this page looks like it was written by a 14-year old. And to think that people like Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and others are taking this seriously and trying to get behind it. I think it speaks to the level of desperation for these old New Atheists leaders. Krauss has fallen into obscurity and Dawkins is no longer taken seriously by the media (and has lost his talent for writing a best-selling book). As such, they crave the limelight and applause. So anything will do!
Okay, so how many awards will Dawkins win? Y’think he is nominating himself?