Yesterday I wrote a bit about Michael Shermer’s talk, and later in the afternoon there were talks by Marcelino Cereijido, a Mexican doctor who made a biting attack on religion (using much profanity, which flummoxed the simultaneous translators a bit!), and by Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
But first, there was lunch (or dinner; it was at 3:30 and Mexicans eat lunch late). Four of us, including a couple who had driven 12 hours from Monterrey to come to the meeting (l. and r. below) and a Spanish biologist working in Mexico (center), repaired to a well known restaurant, the Cafe Tacuba. It’s a very old place, and one of the comments on TripAdvisor says “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera had their wedding party here.” I can’t verify that quickly, but maybe it’s true.
One is greeted on entry by a tempting array of Mexican desserts (I was too full to eat any after the meal):
We started off with an appetizer of tortilla chips, tomatoes, avocado and nopales (cactus pad):
Upon advice of the Mexican woman in our group. I had chicken enchiladas en mole (the restaurant is famous for its mole, which is a complex sauce made from chiles, chocolate, and many spices). It was superb: the best mole I’ve ever had—dark, rich, complex, and chocolate-y. If you think chocolate isn’t a fit ingredient for enchiladas (or turkey or chicken), you need to try it yourself. Moles are amazing: one of the gems of Mexican food.
One of my companions had enchiladas with mole made from pumpkin seeds, which was green:
The waitresses had cool hats:
Walking back, we encountered a Day of the Dead Parade, with many marchers dressed in ghoulish attire. I guess the ceremonies continue, though the official holiday was two days ago:
After “lunch,” Annie Laurie spoke about the FFRF and its activities, and brought us up to date on a lot of their litigation, including the odious Texas cheerleader episode, in which the cheerleaders at a public high school held up banners at a game praising Jesus. That’s illegal, but the state (defending the right to flaunt Bible verses at public schools) won the first round. FFRF is appealing, of course.
Here’s Annie Laurie speaking. She is friendly and soft spoken, but her words are pure confrontational atheism. It was great (sorry that the photo is dark):
Today the sponsors of the atheist meeting are taking us on a bit of a sightseeing tour, complete with foods and ending up with on my my favorite combinations, chocolate y churros.
I still have two days left here, and big plans to see as much as I can. This is a wonderful, vibrant city.
Many thanks to the energetic young people who organized the Second Annual Mexican Atheist Meeting.