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American Atheists hold Philadelphia convention

It was a good Friday - with a small "g" - for Lori Lynner, 39, who chatted with another member of the American Atheists group inside the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. The slight singer-songwriter, for once, felt at ease talking about her conviction that God is a myth. "I'm usually quiet about my beliefs," said Lynner, who had flown from Los Angeles to attend her first American Atheists convention since becoming a member in 2001. Outside, it was far from quiet, with a dozen members of Repent America, a Philadelphia-based Christian group, holding a sidewalk vigil with banners and bullhorns. Keynote speaker, political commentator Jack Germond, couldn't give his audience much in the way of good news. "We nonbelievers are the most despised group," said Germond, an atheist, and the author of "Fat Man Fed Up."

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