Ive decided not to go see Dawkins this Friday.
Do I want to see him? Of course! But Ive decided not to for the following reasons:
- There are no tickets for this event. The first ~2500-3000 people in line get in. The line is going to be a nightmare. Nightmare. About 100 people from OKC Atheists and local unis offered to help with line craziness (chairs for older folks, water coolers, snacks, etc), and it was decided that we were not needed. Ive spoken to people who are planning on starting to stand in line up to 12 hours before the talk starts… On top of it all, weve got repressed pissed off atheist/proscience folks standing in line for extended periods of time next to wackaloon True Believer Creationists… *sigh* I dont want to deal with that shit.
- Dawkins lecture isnt for ‘me’. After reading recaps from the Michigan folks, I dont need to see Dawkins lecture. There are, however, lots of people in OK who need to see it. And, there are lots of people who just really want to see Dawkins, whether hes talking about evolution or how to bake the perfect pie crust. His visit means a lot to them. I couldnt, in good conscious, take one of their seats.
Im tempted to swing by just to talk to people in line, but parking will be a nightmare too… *sigh*
So, to you brave souls who are going to stick it out in line Friday, take lots of piccies (if you Twitter/liveblog it, link up here!), make some new friends, and have fun! And for the love of god, please dont kill a Trinity Spawn. That would sooooooo be bad PR. Promise?