POPE PICKET 1994! Sponsored by American Atheists, Inc. Who said Atheist activism couldn't
POPE PICKET 1994!
Sponsored by American Atheists, Inc.
Who said Atheist activism couldn't be fun?
Join American Atheists for three days of protests, lectures,
October 20, 21, and 22, 1994
Newark, New Jersey
A PROUD TRADITION
It was back in 1979 that a group of American Atheists
first set up a picket line against Pope John Paul II when he
visited Chicago, Illinois. Then American Atheist picketers
were there in Miami, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Francisco, and
Detroit when the pope came again in 1987. In 1993, American
Atheists again displayed their displeasure with Vatican
imperialism when the pope came to Denver.
Now the pope is scheduled to speak to the United Nations
in New York City on Friday, October 21 and then hold masses
in New Jersey, New York, and Baltimore, Maryland, over the
next three days.
And American Atheists will again be on hand to let the
world know that the pope has no god-given authority to tell
everyone how to behave. And that our city and state
governments should not be subsidizing his travels.
But to do that we need YOUR help. What counts in a
picket against a foreign ``head of state'' (which is what
government officials call him in order to justify spending
your tax dollars on his visits to the U.S.) is numbers. The
more bodies and signs on our picket lines the better. YOUR
PARTICIPATION WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
BUT YOU ALSO GET TO HAVE FUN
But don't think that the entire weekend of the pope
picket will be devoted to earnest Atheist activism. You will
revel in the camaraderie of this protest as you get to know
other participants and make new Atheist friends from across
the country. Board members and national officers of American
Atheists will be shoulder to shoulder with you on the picket
line -- and at the social get-togethers afterwards.
AND EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
You can rest your feet -- but not your mind -- at three
presentations during the Pope Picket weekend. "Last-Day Tango
on Planet Earth" is Conrad Goeringer's talk. This
Arizona-based American Atheist spokesperson will overview the
millenialism and doomsday hysteria. As we get closer to the
year 2000, you will be hearing more about the Last Days from
Christian evangelicals -- and Mr. Goeringer will prepare you
for countering that. Chris Allen, who has spearheaded many
state/church separation lawsuits in Utah, will present
"Understanding Religion" to give you fresh insights on why
people stick with ideas that make no sense. And Richard
Andrews, a regional representative of American Atheists from
Utah, will give you the scoop on "The Pope and the New World
DON'T FORGET THE BOOKS!
American Atheists will set up a special book display at
the Pope Picket Hotel. You will be able to browse and buy a
selection of books, booklets, bumper stickers, caps, and --
of course -- the special commemorative Pope Picket 1994
No need to rent a car! American Atheists will organize
transportation from the official Pope Picket hotel to all
WHEN TO BE THERE
The most important picketing date is FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21
when Pope John Paul II addresses the UN General Assembly in
New York City. You should also plan to be on hand for the
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 picket outside the Sacred Heart
Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey. The pope will be speaking or
making appearances in other areas, but for logistical reasons
American Atheists will sponsor protests only at these two
WHAT TO BRING
American Atheists will provide signs and banners on the
key themes of Atheist displeasure with Vatican pronouncements
on world moral, educational, and regulatory issues. All you
need to bring is your enthusiasm!
WHERE TO STAY
American Atheists has arranged economical lodging for
picketers in Newark, New Jersey. Complete information on
lodging costs, reservations, and roommate matching will be
sent to you after you register for Pope Picket 1994.
AND THEN THERE'S THE BIG APPLE
New York City is world famous as a tourist site -- with
many museums, historical sights, restaurants, and shops. You
will have plenty of time to visit it on your own (or in the
company of fellow Atheists) on Sunday, October 23, after all
the pope picketing activities are over.
***Thursday, October 20: John Paul II will be winging his way
to New York City during the afternoon -- and Atheists should
be making their way to Newark, New Jersey, for Pope Picket
preparations. During the afternoon, you can check in with the
American Atheists at the official Pope Picket hotel, pick up
some anti-papal goodies on sale, and start meeting other
Atheists. At 8:30 P.M., there will be a picket orientation
***Friday, October 21: This is the big day! During the
morning the pope will address the General Assembly of the
United Nations. American Atheist demonstrators will leave
Newark bright and early to travel to Manhattan and picket
during the pope's arrival, speech, and departure. Having done
their good deed for the day, picketers will then take a break
for lunch before returning to New Jersey. Transportation will
be provided for registered picketers to and from New York
But don't think that's it for the day! Conrad Goeringer
will delight you with his witty and informative talk on
millennialism, last days' hysteria, and doomsday prophesies.
Later in the evening, join in a party for activist Atheists!
Admittance is free for picketers; everyone else pays $5 for
***Saturday, October 22: Don't stay up too late carousing
with fellow Atheists! You will need to be up early this
morning to picket John Paul II as he visits Sacred Heart
Cathedral in Newark, New Jersey. Later in the day, join other
Atheists to hear two stimulating lectures (there's a $5 fee
for these for non-picketers). And don't forget the official
pope picket dinner!
***Sunday, October 23: This is a free day for you to return
home, explore the Big Apple with newfound friends, or just
American Atheists is unfortunately not able to offer an
``official'' Pope Picket 1994 airline with special discounts.
If you are traveling by air, we recommend that you fly into
the Newark airport, which is near to the lodging
accommodations American Atheists has arranged for Pope Picket
participants. To find the best airfares, you should book your
air travel as early as possible.
Let the experienced professionals at Four Seasons Travel
in Austin, Texas, coordinate your Pope Picket trip without
any charge to you. To have them find the deals that best suit
your schedule and your budget, call Four Seasons Travel
toll-free at 1-800-955-3687 (8:30 A.M.-5:30 P.M. CDT,
Monday-Friday) and tell them you are an American Atheist
Registering for the picket is important to help American
Atheists plan for picket permits, transportation, and
necessary supplies (like picket signs!). The nominal fee also
helps to cover costs. Registration is just $10 per person.
Registration includes transportation to and from picket
sites, admittance to lectures, and the Friday night party.
Lodging and meal costs are separate. REGISTRATION IS
Please mail your registration to: American Atheists
Convention, P.O. Box 140195, Austin, TX 78714-0195. To
register by telephone using VISA or MasterCard, call (512)
458-1244 between 9 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. CDT. You can also
register by FAX 24 hours a day; just dial (512) 467-9525. Or
use the American Atheist BBS at (512) 302-0223.
After you register, you will receive further information
on lodging, meals, and other picket activities.
Call the national office of American Atheists at (512)
458-1244, 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. CDT, Monday through Friday.
Or write: Pope Picket 1994, P.O. Box 140195, Austin, TX
POPE PICKET '94 REGISTRATION FORM
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Return form to:
American Atheists, P. O. Box 140195, Austin, TX 78714-0195
Telephone: (512) 458-1244
FAX: (512) 467-9525
BBS: (512) 302-0223
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