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Buckner, President, American Atheists
Sunday, May 3rd, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Goins Administration Building, Auditorium - Ed Buckner, President, American Atheists. Buckner's title is, "This Is a Free Country, Not a Christian Nation: In Freedom We Trust." RET's Annual Guest Lecture is free and open to the public.

Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists and a leading proponent of freethought and secular humanism, will discuss a sometimes neglected aspect of American freedom.

Seeing no evidence that God or any other god exists, Buckner finds the concept of atheism to be logical and reasonable—an idea, in fact, that he would expect any sensible person rationally to consider. He has been a college professor, a technical school administrator, Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism (2001-2003), and President of American Atheists since September 2008. He currently serves on several national advisory boards and committees.

Buckner and his wife Diane have edited several books, including retired FBI agent Oliver Halle’s Taking the Harder Right (2006). He has contributed entries in the New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (Tom Flynn, ed. 2007) as well as chapters in books such as The Fundamentals of Extremism: The Christian Right in America by Kimberly Blaker (2003) and Parenting Beyond Belief (Dale McGowan, ed. 2007). With his son Michael he co-edited Quotations That Support the Separation of Church and State (1995).

He has spoken and debated around the United States on freethought and secular humanism, often about the Treaty of Tripoli and the “Free Country, Not a Christian Nation” concept. His “No More Lies” talk was featured at the Godless Americans March on Washington in 2002.

Ed Buckner received a B.A. degree from Rice University in 1967 and a Master’s degree in education from Georgia State University in 1975. He obtained his Ph.D. at Georgia State in 1983. His doctoral dissertation focused on high school science teachers’ attitudes on curriculum decisions in the context of the “scientific creationism” campaign in Cobb County, Georgia.

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Apr. 27, 2009