We lost $12k on #Mythcon 2017 and are raising money to support the cost of #Mythcon 2018.
We cannot stop talking about, listening to and challenging ideas and issues that are important to us. We will not find progress talking only to those who agree with us. We need to explore beyond our comfort zone, ask difficult questions, criticize ideas and try to find common ground in order to work on conflict resolution.
In 2017, we received major social media backlash due to our inclusion of YouTubers Sargon of Akkad , Armoured Skeptic and Shoe0nHead - which caused our 100% volunteer-run, nonprofit conference to LOSE funds. For example:
- We were petitioned to de-platform our speakers.
- Our venue received messages saying we were attracting a white supremacist crowd - forcing us to pay for additional security.
- Our hotel received harassing calls and emails.
- Speakers and special guests backed out weeks before the conference with non-refundable airfare.
- Members of our own team were threatened with doxxing.
#MythCon, put on by Mythicist Milwaukee, gives participants and speakers a chance to share and discuss a wide spectrum of ideas among those with differing viewpoints and beliefs. By inviting speakers from outside of our typical atheist circle, MythCon’s crowd of more than 560 people possessed a more diverse set of viewpoints and discussion topics than ever before.
Mythicist Milwaukee is a secular organization that promotes dialogue about religion, culture and freedom of thought. We adopt principals on free expression, with the understanding that Mythicist Milwaukee will not inhibit debate or de-platform speakers based on ideas. As an organization, it is not our place to pass judgments on ideas. It is up to our community to make those judgments for themselves - and to challenge and participate in discussion and debate surrounding ideas they disagree with.
We believe that reasoned debate and discussion can help to de-escalate tensions in light of the current
sociopolitical climate, and to create understanding among differing religious views. We hope to continue our efforts in 2018 and beyond.
Thank you to those who continue to support us in our efforts! The full video is up here:
Ron Miscavige joins us to recap the two hour special of "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" that aired on Memorial Day. We touch on topics that were raised in the special and dig deeper into firsthand knowledge of events that took place inside of the church from Ron's perceptive. Don't miss this interview!
Ardent Atheists Emery Emery and Heather Henderson talk with comedians, actors and friends about atheism, deism and the effects of religion on us all. Guests of the show are a mix of atheists, agnostics, deists, scientists, humanists and the occasional god-loving, scripture-quoting crusader. Discussions are deeply impassioned, mostly respectful and always funny. You can find out more about them on their website here.
Emery is a filmmaker, director, producer, and comedian. He's worked with Penn Jillette, and was the editor of film The Aristocrats and The Green Room with Paul Provenza. He directed "Jake Johannsen: I Love You", Chris Porter's, "Screaming From The Cosmos" and produced "Doug Stanhope's, "Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere" as well as Teller's film, "Play Dead". Emery is a former evangelical Christian whose religious studies, instead of bolstering his faith as he intended, led him to become a skeptic of all things woo.
Heather is a singer, actress, editor, producer, and burlesque veteran. She got her start at the age of 16 as a co-host and mini dancing superstar of the nationwide television show “Dance Party USA”. She has also appeared on Sesame Street and in “Mannequin 2” and the Disney film “Annapolis”. She is currently the lead vocalist of Penn Jillette's No God Band in Las Vegas.
Jon Atack is an accomplished author and "recovering Scientologist" in 1974, he joined Scientology at the age of nineteen and spent nine years in the organization eventually reaching OT 5. He left the church when he became disillusioned with the leadership and influence of David Miscavige. Seven years later he published a book titled "A Piece of blue sky" In the book, John describes his personal experience in the church, provides a chronological history of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, and examines the book Dianetics.
John's book is well researched from paper sources and interviews, and it draws conclusions about Scientology as a belief system and critically examines its founder L Ron Hubbard. Jon has put aside his career as an artist to help those harmed by the cult’s hypnotic practices Over the years, he's seen over 500 former members and helped many to recover the money extracted from them by Scientology’s hard selling techniques. He's gone on to author several more books aimed understanding the doctrines of Scientology and at helping those affected from it's collateral damage.
Having devoted much of his life to helping former Scientologists recover their mental equilibrium and spiritual independence, he has since turned his attention to the wider problems of unethical persuasion, not only in abusive groups, but in our culture at large. To
this end, he spearheaded the Open Minds Foundation in 2015, and is working to educate the public on the social manipulation we all face in our daily lives.
Tony Ortega is a journalist who was formerly the editor of The Village Voice. He's written about Scientology since 1995, and in May 2015 released a book about Scientology's harassment of Paulette Cooper titled 'The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.' He continues to monitor breaking developments in the Scientology world from an undisclosed location in an underground bunker.
Tony covers the potential regression of Marty Rathbun and his recent defending of David Miscavige. We discuss the new Scientology television station on the Spectrum network. We predict what Leah Remini will cover in season two of her A&E show "Scientology and the Aftermath". We cover all of this a much more. Don't miss this amazing interview with Tony Ortega.
Ron Miscavige is the father of the leader of the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige. He is also an author, having penned the tell-all book "Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige and Me".
Ron appeared on ABC News’ 20/20 to reveal the drastic measures he took to escape from their ‘Gold Base’ compound in California. He has also appeared on Leah Remini's new docuseries "Scientology and the Aftermath"
Ron Joined us live in the studio to discuss everything from his introduction to Scientology in 1970 to escaping the Gold Base compound in 2012. Ron will be speaking at the Mythinformation Conference IV on September 30, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI.