Atty Awards

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Stephen Fry and Ian McEwan will serves as judges for awards being given to atheists at the Anti-Theism International Convention 2020 which have been given the name the Atty Awards.[1]

Subsequent to reading information about the Atty Awards being given out at the Anti-Theism International Convention 2020, the atheist PZ Myers in a blog post entitled How did the so-called rationalist community become so gullible? states:

One of their big things is a gala awards banquet, in which they’ll be handing out awards for “Atheist of the Year” and “Jesus Mythicist of the Year” and “Best Atheist Video of the Year”, etc. You can make nominations, if you’d like, but a panel of unnamed judges will make the final decision, and I suspect that all the winners will conform to the organizer’s somewhat regressive political leanings. Furthermore, the hyperbole will turn your stomach.
You’ve heard of the Oscars, Emmys and Baftas?
This is the Attys! (the Anti-Theism International Awards)

Yes, I’ve heard of the Oscars, Emmys and Baftas. The “Attys” are not exactly of the same rank. It gets worse.

The Atty Awards are probably the most prestigious Awards in the Atheist Community and winning a Atty Award will not only get you recognition within the Atheist Community, it will give you a chance to enjoy giving worldwide speaking engagements as well as Keynote presentations at many events around the world. The Awards will be presented by some of the most famous atheist on the planet and the winners will be invited to the VIP area of the after awards ceremony for photo opportunites and press talks.

These “Atty Awards” have not been given out before, are a new invention of this oddly new and nebulous organization, and they are already the most prestigious award an atheist can get? Wow. Winning one will get you worldwide speaking engagements? Really? I sure hope none of the winners proudly advertise themselves as recipients of an Atty Award, because it’s not going to impress[2]

The Anti-Theism International Convention 2020 website says about the Atty Awards:

The Atty Awards aim to become the most prestigious International Anti-Theism Awards and winning an Atty will surely get you recognition within the Atheist Community.

The deadline for nominations, made on the form below, is the 29th February 2020. Judging will take place in March 2020. The Judging Panel includes Stephen Fry and Ian McEwan.

The Awards will be presented by some of the most famous atheists on the planet and the winners will be invited to the VIP Champagne After Party in the King Suite of the Grand Hotel with the celebrities.

Shortlisted nominees will need an internet connected computer for an interview.

If you feel that you are eligible for an Atty, or you know someone who might be, please take the time to fill out the sections below and one of our team will be in touch with you.

So far nominations have been made, on the form below, by people in the UK, the USA and Australia.[3]

The Shadow To Light blog said about the Atty Awards:

Last week we had some fun with this Anti-Theist International’s description of their own atheist awards, the Attys. What are the Attys? According to their web page…
The Atty Awards are probably the most prestigious Awards in the Atheist Community

So I commented: “Really? Says who? As far as I can tell, the organizers of this conference decided to invent these awards to get some attention, but as of December 2019, not one person has ever won such an award. So how can an award that has never yet to have been given earned the reputation of being “most prestigious?” Obviously, this is an example of a child’s tendency to exaggerate. The writer probably originally wrote “The Atty awards are the most super-duper awards in the Atheist Community,” but his mom suggested a better word – prestigious. Of course, if an adult wrote that, they would be lying.”

and continued to quote from their page….

and winning a Atty Award will not only get you recognition within the Atheist Community, it will give you a chance to enjoy giving worldwide speaking engagements as well as Keynote presentations at many events around the world.

And commented again, “There is no evidence any of these awards are going to make someone famous worldwide, enough to nail down Keynote presentations across the globe. Thus, this is either more childish exaggeration or adult lies.”

Since then, they have made some changes to their web site and dialed down the tone considerably...[4]

Atty Awards: Types of awards

Jesus mythicists hypothesize that Jesus never existed. See: Historicity of Jesus

According to the Anti-Theism International Convention 2020 website, 10 Atty Awards will given out and they will be given out for the following areas:

1. Atheist of the Year 2020

2. Best Atheist Author 2020

3. Best Atheist Children's Author 2020

4. Jesus Mythicist of 2020

5. Atheist Podcaster of 2020

6. Public Atheist Award 2020

7. Best Atheist Image 2020 (social media)

8. Best Atheist Video 2020

9. Young Atheist of 2020

10. Hitchens Trophy for Atheist Eloquence[5]

See also

Notes

  1. Atty Awards, Anti-Theism International Convention 2020 website
  2. How did the so-called rationalist community become so gullible? by PZ Myers
  3. Atty Awards, Anti-Theism International Convention 2020 website
  4. Walking Back the Attys, Shadow To Light blog
  5. Atty Awards, Anti-Theism International Convention 2020 website