Friday, October 18th
8:00 Communion of Reason: The Lockview
Saturday, October 19th
9:00 Doors open (Vendor Tables)
9:50 Opening Statements: Craig Bauman, President of Akron SSA
Aron Ra: “Reconsidering Norms”
Annie Laurie Gaylor: “Godless Goddesses — Women without Superstition”
Heina Dadabhoy: “Virgins, Raisins, and Sexy Serving Boys: Decoding Female Sexuality in Islam”
Conservative Muslims claim that women, Muslim ones included, are too liberated. Progressive Muslims claim that the conservative ones are misinterpreting Islam. Many non-Muslims want to “liberate” Muslim women –whether the women want it or not. What’s a reasonable person to think, let alone do? This talk will explore the possibilities, conundrums, and nuances surrounding women’s sexuality in Islam, and what it all means for Muslim men and non-Muslims of all genders.
1:00 – 2:25 Lunch
Women’s Liberation in Progress: Jess Balishin, LIP Treasurer
My story of why I’m a secular feminist and how religious and political forces have been used to attack gender equality and prevent women from exploring and expressing their sexuality.
Mandisa Thomas: “Sanctified “Ho’s”: Religion and Vice in the Black Community”
Amidst the highly religious climate in the Black community, there has long been a strong presence of risky sexual misconduct and other rampant deviant behavior. The church not only ignores these problems, they are even engaged within their ranks. Mandisa Thomas will discuss sexual hypocrisy in the Black community, as well steps toward a more pragmatic and progressive approach to sexuality.
Nathan Phelps: “Religious Based Child Abuse & LGBT Rights”
Greta Christina: “Atheism and Sexuality”
The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid ethical principles, but on a set of taboos about what kinds of sex God does and doesn’t want
people to have. And while the sex-positive community offers a more thoughtful view of sexual morality, it still often frames sexuality as positive by seeing it as a spiritual experience. What are some atheist alternatives to these views? How can atheists view sexual ethics without a belief in God? And how can atheists view sexual transcendence without a belief in the supernatural?
David Fitzgerald: “Sexy Violence! Violent Sex! The Weird-Ass Morality of the Bible”
IS every sperm sacred? Was Paul gay? Where are MY concubines?
A fun and twisted romp through the troubled evolution of Biblical morality.
Darrel Ray: “Secular Sexuality, Challenging Religious Programming”
As secularists, we live in a world polluted with religious ideas about sexuality. While we have left superstition, we may continue to be influenced by religious notions about sex. As secular sexuals we can learn to define and act in ethical and responsible ways, without the myths and behaviors of religions sexuality. Sex is the weak spot of religion, lets learn to be proud of our sexuality in a religious world, and show the joy of faith free living.
9:00 Closing Statements: Craig Bauman, Akron SSA President
A brief closing statement concluding the conference and inviting everyone out to dinner at the Lockview. (see below)
Optional Film: Milk (2008)
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.
Note: Following the conference ZPN will show the film Milk. Some will stay for the film and others will go directly to The Lockview for dinner depending on their time schedule. Everyone should plan to meet up at The Lockview after the film if they can. The kitchen closes at 11 and the bar stays open.
9:05 Communion of Reason: The Barley House
Keep your free wristbands on for free admission
222 South Main Street, Akron Ohio