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Old 03-10-2019, 07:00 PM
 
Location: US
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One church around here that closed has been taken over by a local theater group. They have room to store their costumes and props and have their own performance hall.

Another old church was turn down to build a Family Dollar store. It was a beautiful old church building too. I hated to see it go.
WV or ME?...
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:06 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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WV or ME?...
Those were in WV. However a church in ME was turned into an Arts Center when the church built a new building a and moved out.
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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The way American society is going, the angry atheist movement would rather see them torn down.
Are you so upset at the very existence of atheists that you see nefarious goals in everything? Do you really, truly think that people who donít believe in your god want to obliterate any trace of religion?
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:00 PM
 
Location: HOU ➡🚚➡ CHI - April '19
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I drank beer and ate pizza once in this old church in Pittsburgh.

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Old 03-10-2019, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I've been to one of those. It's in Great Barrington, Mass. I've heard they have some great dinners there on Thanksgiving.


I've been there, too!
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:12 PM
 
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A few are turned into Mosques.
Many of fellow Christians are happy with this conversion because they believe the building will be used to worship the same God.

I remember reading a news where a former church refused the sale of the church building to a developer who was planning to convert into a bar - the diocese happily sold the building (on a lesser price) to be converted into a mosque.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:25 PM
 
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Of course. How could they possibly discriminate against Muslims who want to buy their empty church and turn it into a mosque?
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:27 PM
 
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A more detailed answer for the OP:

In the Episcopal diocese of New Jersey, a church that can no longer sustain itself (in one case, a church was down to eight elderly members) is declared "extinct", the building is "deconsecrated", and the building sold.
Oh, I am quite aware of the process. I am on the board of a historical society, and we own such a church. However, it was taken over some 35 years ago, and I doubt we would do so today; it's too expensive to maintain it. Some churches are being turned into mosques in a number of places, but most are just too expensive to run for most groups, and need to be shuttered, sold if in a high value area, or get torn down.

As I said, it's sad from a historical perspective, especially some of those well built with stone/brick, but from a secular perspective, it doesn't bother me in the least.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:29 PM
 
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The way American society is going, the angry atheist movement would rather see them torn down.
Angry atheists movement?

Can you describe it? I don't know anyone like that.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:31 PM
 
Location: HOU ➡🚚➡ CHI - April '19
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Angry atheists movement?
Right?

I hope this isn't more pop culture vaporware like the "Satanic panic" of the 80s that made devil worshippers out of kids playing AD&D.
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