2,500 Atheists Gather in Melbourne

Global Atheist Convention thought to be largest meeting of godless ever
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 12:26 PM CST
Professor Richard Dawkins, here with an atheist bus ad, will lead a discussion at the convention.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – If ever there was a group unafraid of a vengeful lightning bolt, it's the 2,500 atheists converging on Melbourne—likely the largest concentration of godless thinkers ever. The Global Atheist Convention says it doesn't intend to proselytize, and in fact discourages any “missionary zeal." Still, the convention plans to draft a statement on the ill effects of religion on the world, the BBC reports, and there’s also talk of a film about government subsidies for religion.

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