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Old 03-25-2010, 06:45 AM
 
Location: NE Florida
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This is a local story on a national effort.

Billboard campaign to announce atheists’ First Coast presence | jacksonville.com

It may come as a shock to some that there are atheists, humanists and agnostics in Jacksonville, smack dab in the middle of the Bible Belt.

So area atheist organizations have banded together to create an umbrella organization with plans as early as Thursday to bring a national billboard campaign to the First Coast, declaring their existence to believers and non-believers alike.


Why I am a Methodist (from the article)

Billy Moses, who worships at Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville Beach, said he sees the coming billboards as a sign of society's decay. But it's also a matter of free speech, he said.

"Is it right for us to condemn them because they have a belief? No," Moses said. "But I pray for them because the direction they're going is not right according to Scripture."
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:49 AM
 
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This is great; Atheism is organizing just like religion! This, and stories like it, add additional evidence that Atheism is indeed a religion.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Valencia, Spain
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I wonder why theist want to make atheism into a religion. Is it because they can then say that we are daft as they are.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:11 AM
 
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This is great; Atheism is organizing just like religion! This, and stories like it, add additional evidence that Atheism is indeed a religion.

Great! Does that mean we can get free money from the taxpayers too?
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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This is great; Atheism is organizing just like religion! This, and stories like it, add additional evidence that Atheism is indeed a religion.
Yep, just like bald is a hair color.

They're just telling people that it's okay to be a non-believer (in a very heavily religious area) where they might feel alone, or afraid to 'come out' if you will.

I guess my 4H group is a religion too, since we meet monthly and advertise, PLUS we are a non profit!
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:33 AM
 
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This is great; Atheism is organizing just like religion! This, and stories like it, add additional evidence that Atheism is indeed a religion.
So the running club I belong to is also a religion. So is my kids' PTA. And the backpacking club I hike with. And the book club. And the yoga group.

God damn, do I have a lot of religions or what?
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:34 AM
 
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So the running club I belong to is also a religion. So is my kids' PTA. And the backpacking club I hike with. And the book club. And the yoga group.

God damn, do I have a lot of religions or what?

Ohhh.... can we start a Scotch club and call it a religion?
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:37 AM
 
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Ohhh.... can we start a Scotch club and call it a religion?
Oh hell yes. I'll start out the first service with a Balvenie 15, and some Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X robustos. Would that be acceptable?
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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Oh hell yes. I'll start out the first service with a Balvenie 15, and some Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X robustos. Would that be acceptable?

Cool, I'll take the evening service with the Glenfiddich 18 and the Partagas.



Hmm I'm betting we can write these off as religious expenses. Sacraments, if you will.
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Old 03-25-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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Nowhere in the article does it say that they consider themselves a religion.

In response to the posts above this, I would say that in light of the current economic climate, I would have to opt for the Dewars denomination. But I'll visit your services if invited!
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