In June I’ll be speaking at the Gods & Politics conference hosted by the Danish Atheist Society and Atheist Alliance International. You know who won’t be speaking? Kurt Westergaard, the guy who drew this (slightly edited for the protection of Skepchick writers):
Apparently Westergaard is still under threat from violent extremists, and he felt that the risk of appearing at this public event was just too high. It’s a potent reminder that this isn’t just about making a hard choice of whether to speak or risk a death threat â€“ it’s about whether to speak or actually be killed. Murdered. Dead. Because of a group of extremists who believe that their belief system is more important than your life.
There’s an interesting conversation already happening in Sam’s AI thread from yesterday, but if you want to talk about issues like this in person, you could do worse than come to Copenhagen in June. Westergaard is out, but I’ll be there along with James Randi, PZ Myers, AC Grayling, Richard Wiseman, Robin Ince, and many more. Tickets are still available. BYO flak jacket!