Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The God Delusion pledge to MPs update

Dear David Williams (Berkshire Humanists),
Cfi Jane Bannister (Chairman - Dorset Humanists), Hanne Stinson (BHA Chief Executive)

Jane Bannister mentioned your call to her this week:-
> 2. David Williams from Berks. Humanists phoned me and asked if anything is
> happening about the gathering at the H of C following the sending of
> Dawkins' books. Has that idea been dropped? It sounded quite a difficult thing
> to organise.

[Chris Street] yes the idea was dropped - only 3 MPs were interested at all in doing a 'PR event' and none of them could arrange a meeting at the same time. Now the impetus has gone and its 'history' to journalists.

>The BHA AGM is coming up and your enterprise really ought to be highlighted as a demonstration of solidarity with Richard Dawkins (and Christopher Hitchens to follow?).

The pledgebank pledge was successful:-

"I will arrange for my MP to receive a copy of Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" but only if 645 other people (one per UK constituency) will do the same for other MPs."
— J Christie

I helped to persuade BHA & NSS & to email their members a week before the deadline. The rate of signup graph shows these emails were successful in gaining a further 200+ pledges thus reaching the 645 pledge target a few days before the 31st March deadline. James Christie (organiser) & Peter Klaver, amongst many others, helped to promote this pledge.

Now, I’m proud to say, all MPs have a copy of Richard Dawkins ‘The God Delusion’ book.

Chris Street, Dorset Humanists

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