Wednesday, April 18, 2007

$25,000 Speaking Fee

Telic Thoughts posted the following which was found at The Friendly Atheist:

“Cut to today: A friend would love to have Sam Harris come speak on campus for his college atheist group. He contacted an agency representing Harris and inquired how much it would cost. The representative’s response:

Sam’s fee is $25,000 which includes airfare. We would ask the sponsor to provide transportation to and from the airport, onsite meals, and hotel (up to 2 nights).

So after they pull together the $25,000, they would still need to put up for lodging/food/cabfare. Not surprisingly, the group doesn’t have that type of money. So the friend kindly responded that this amount was “unrealistic” for his group to raise, but thanked the rep for her time."

That’s encouraging. Sam doesn’t even lower the price for his fellow atheists. At that price, I guess we won’t have to worry about our students being affected by his anti-religious rhetoric.