Contest: Win two tickets to a Dawkins/Julia Sweeney event in Grand Rapids, Michigan

A kind reader who planned to go to Richard Dawkins’s conversation with Julia Sweeney in Grand Rapids, Michigan, couldn’t make it, and offered me her two tickets to give away. Here are the details of the event, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry:

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI, View Map


The two tickets are worth $58, but you can get them for free! Just send a picture of one of your pets to Professor Ceiling Cat (it doesn’t have to be a cat), or a picture of an animal that YOU took. Grania will judge them and the winner will get an email entitling them to entry at the event.

DEADLINE: Nov. 2 at 5 pm Chicago time. 



  1. Merilee
    Posted October 27, 2016 at 11:48 am | Permalink


  2. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted October 27, 2016 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    That would be fun, and I live a couple hours away. So, hmmm….

    • peepuk
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 11:26 am | Permalink

      Every body lives a couple of hours away

  3. Posted October 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I assume children count? After all, they are the most needy pets.


    • Posted October 27, 2016 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Yes, kids count. Any living animal that you’ve photographed yourself.

      • Posted October 28, 2016 at 12:08 am | Permalink

        Animal is soooo appropriate in my case. 😀

  4. darrelle
    Posted October 27, 2016 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    A great way to dispose of the tickets. I would love to go to this event but unfortunately for me I am too far away.

  5. Posted October 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    OT, but the Southern Poverty Law Centre has branded Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali as ‘anti-Muslim extremists’.

    • Hempenstein
      Posted October 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      Demonstrating that the Peter Principle applies to organizations, too.

    • Jacob
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink

      Wow. What is most shocking about this to me is that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the one being labeled as an “extremist” when the center’s own description of her contains the following:

      “While in the Netherlands, she wrote the script for a short and provocative film about women and Islam directed by the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered in the street by a jihadist a short time after its release. The murderer left a note threatening to also kill Hirsi Ali pinned to his victim’s body with a knife.”

      Clearly SHE is the threat…

      • Posted October 29, 2016 at 7:47 am | Permalink

        They also state she ‘claims’ to have been the victim of FGM, like maybe she faked it.

        I’m happy to see even TellMAMA UK – an organisation set up to monitor anti-Muslim bigotry – think SPLC have jumped the shark on this one.

    • nicky
      Posted October 29, 2016 at 12:25 am | Permalink

      Insane, inane and asinine, and SPLC’s official arguments in favour of labelling them ‘extremists’, as explained by SPLC’s Heidi B are easily exposed to be mendacious (such as eg likening the niqab to the kippah).
      However, I guess that going into more detail, which I would like to do, would infringe ‘da roolz’.

  6. Eduardo
    Posted October 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy I bought my ticket to this event a few days after they went on sale, I can’t wait. I literally screamed when I saw on the web that Dawkins was coming to Grand Rapids!

  7. Posted October 28, 2016 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    What is the email address to which I should submit my photo?

    • darrelle
      Posted October 28, 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      Near the top right corner of this page, click on the link Research Interests, and the address the proprietor prefers is readily found there.

  8. Posted October 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I am, unfortunately, too far to attend the event. But, I watched “Letting Go of God” on youtube. It’s Sweeney explaining, in fantastically funny detail, her transition from Catholic to non-believer.

  9. nicky
    Posted October 29, 2016 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I’m too far away to compete, but are we going to get to see the pics?

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