Religious skeptics gather at Kentucky Freethought Convention


By John Cheves

Kentucky Herald-Leader


At least one group wasn't praying Saturday for a University of Kentucky football win.

The first Kentucky Freethought Convention, held at UK, drew more than 250 atheists, agnostics, humanists and other religious skeptics from around the state. They heard lectures on the value of teaching evolution in schools, the perils of religious proselytizing in the military, why ex-pastors should promote atheism and other topics guaranteed to bring many Thanksgiving dinners to a screeching halt.

They also came for companionship. Several attendees said that simply identifying oneself as atheist can infuriate Christians. . . .

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