The U.S. Air Force Academy has pulled out of their commitment with no concrete reasons to host a previously planned speaking engagement by Richard Dawkins for Monday, Oct. 15, that offered free entry for military families.
Back in March Fort Bragg held the "Rock Beyond Belief " atheist concert and nearly 9,000 Patch readers responded with a resounding 'yes' that they planned to attend the concert- which received more support than expected by Fort Bragg authorities. The event was a big win for the atheist community and they followed up with a large food donation for the homeless at their after hours party.
According to the Free Thought Blog, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science has secured the University of Colorado at Boulder's Macky Auditorium instead.
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According to Justin Griffith, the Military Director for American Atheists who spearheaded Fort Bragg's 'Rock Beyond Belief' atheist festival, he said: "I’m not surprised at the extremely tardy finalization (or lack thereof, rather.) It took me 18 + months to secure the Fort Bragg main post parade field for Richard Dawkins back in March. 1500 people showed up! Earlier, they tried to shove us into a small movie theater, telling reporters that only a hundred people would likely attend (reporters laughed at this, and immediately called me for comment)… In the end, Fort Bragg commanders really came through for us in a big way. It was a breakthrough, and it was hard-won. Every day was a cut-throat game of chess, but by the end of it – it seemed like we all were on the same side."