Politics: National Atheist Party cancels its convention

Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday August 30th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE – Lack of funds means convention would end in bankruptcy

According to Troy Boyle, President of the National Atheist Party, this was supposed to be a big year.

Over the last twelve months, there’ve been numerous reports suggesting that atheism’s prominence was increasing sharply. Usually, these proclamations come directly from atheists themselves, but every once in a while a legitimate news outlet takes a stab at the story. Of late, media types like to bandy about a figure claiming that somewhere close to 20% of the population clings to a deeply held belief that there’s nothing to believe in.

In reality, the 20% number refers to those who are unaffiliated with any specific religion.  Atheists like to claim that this means 20% of the population doesn’t believe in any god at all, which is not the case.  Polls looking for genuine atheists, those who claim “there is no god,” usually register much lower -somewhere down around 2% of U.S. citizens.

Maybe that’s why the National Atheist Party can’t afford their previously announced convention.

As Boyle writes on the Party’s official site, “After this year’s amazing Reason Rally, and flush with our successful recruiting and a spike in donations, we decided to hold our OWN secular event. NAPCON 2012 was supposed to be our biggest and best public event; our chance to show the U.S. that we could fund and organize a large, noteworthy and impressive “Secular Summit” that would attract media buzz and even more interested members and donations.”

Unfortunately for Boyle, their plans were a bit premature.  “The reality, he continues, “is that we can’t. The donations simply aren’t there and if we went ahead with the event as planned, it would bankrupt us.”

It looks like you can add “donating to their own party” to the list of things in which atheists don’t believe. 

Next year, they promise, the organization will learn from its mistakes. “We will use those lessons,” Boyle writes, “to make our next event appropriately sized and manageable.”

Given that only 2% of the population supports their cause, and of those people most are apparently unwilling to donate or attend, might we suggest that they should probably be able to fill conference room B of the local Days Inn? At least there, they might get a free continental breakfast.