What is FreeOK?
FreeOK is Oklahoma’s only freethought convention. Held last year in Tulsa, this year’s event will be held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
Why the name FreeOK?
FreeOK is a portmanteau of the original and intended name, Freethought Oklahoma. One of the early planners suggested shortening it to FreeOK and when it was oft-used as a text message shorthand slang during texting between the planners, the name just stuck.
What is freethought?
Freethought is a philosophical viewpoint that holds that beliefs and opinions should be formed on the basis of science, logic, and reason, and should not be influenced by authority, tradition, revelation or dogma.
Is this an atheist convention?
Not necessarily. For beginners, atheism is not a philosophy (and neither is it a religion, worldview, creed, belief system, et al.), but rather, it is broadly a lack of belief in God or gods and is, in no way, synonymous with nor a necessity of freethought. It is the process – not the conclusion - by which freethought is differentiated from other philosophies. A person can actually be a theist because they are a freethinker while another person can be an atheist despite not being a freethinker. Nevertheless, freethought is a philosophy accepted most commonly by non-theists (including, but not limited to atheists, agnostics, and deists) so there will be many in attendance.
What is the purpose of the convention?
The purpose is to promote freethought and unite freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, secularists, deists, non-religious, secular humanists and any other labels freethinkers commonly use from across the region.
When is the event?
Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm CST. The doors open at 8:00 am CST.
Where will the convention be?
This year’s convention will be at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
What is the schedule?
The schedule of events can be found here.
What is the cost?
The cost of tickets will be $20 if purchased online, $25 at the door, per attendee.
Are children allowed?
Children under 13 years of age are not encouraged to attend, but are allowed. This is a conference where 500-1000 people are planning to hear various speakers talk. Please be considerate of other attendees regarding distractions.
How do I get there?
Directions to the Cox Convention Center can be found here.