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Old 11-13-2013, 12:41 PM
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Location: Florida/Tennessee
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I am a lifelong Atheist and the idea of an 'Atheist church' is very strange to me. I have no desire to attend one.

However, I think many current Atheists were Theists at one time and some were even very active in their place of worship. Maybe they miss the big gatherings of people with similar beliefs, so an Atheist church has some appeal to them.

I know of one lady who converted to Judaism but still sung in the choir at ther former church. Christians really do have a talent for creating absolutely beautiful music.
'cause it's internally inspired

Atheists have inspirations as well... but mostly intellectual in nature or externally inspired. Where are divide exists, generally speaking, is our (Theists) definition of faith.
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: NJ
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maybe the article writer GILLIAN FLACCUS actually did some reporting with "boots on the ground" instead of relying solely on a web site and reported of that being stated.

From the report:
Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors
have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia — with more to come — after finding success in
Great Britain earlier this year.
No doubt when their hypocrisy over shadows the mockery of the moment ... the fools will get the word out to their supporters to not be saying "church".
You figured them out. Good work detective. It is hard hitting journalism like this that makes me proud.
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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You figured them out. Good work detective. It is hard hitting journalism like this that makes me proud.
Look again.

The writer says "supporters and detractors". Not "members".
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:18 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Look again.

The writer says "supporters and detractors". Not "members".
But the reporter had boots on the ground. On the ground!!!!!!

I really can't fathom how even if they did call themselves a church it would upset someone. I don't know how some people make it through the day.
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:28 PM
 
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But the reporter had boots on the ground. On the ground!!!!!!

I really can't fathom how even if they did call themselves a church it would upset someone. I don't know how some people make it through the day.
It upsets them enough that Vizio made sure we knew that he thought some pastor (who he doesn't know and will probably never meet) should be booted from the pulpit because of a book he had on his lap.

A number of people commented on their singing and their charity work. Apparently the fundamentalists are extremely worried about the books people hold. Who knew?
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Old 11-13-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: The land where cats rule
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I wonder that they do in these atheist churches... What do they worship?

Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God.

Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia — with more to come — after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year. The movement fueled by social media and spearheaded by two prominent British comedians is no joke.
Yawn. So what?

I would no sooner go to these meetings than I would go to church. To me, it offers nothing.
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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The question is will they be subject to the same legal restrictions imposed on traditional religions (ie: separation of church and state, no prayer in gov. buildings etc.) or is this another double standard of the atheistic left?
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:58 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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The question is will they be subject to the same legal restrictions imposed on traditional religions (ie: separation of church and state, no prayer in gov. buildings etc.) or is this another double standard of the atheistic left?
Well, I'm fairly certain they'd continue with the no-prayer thing.

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Old 11-13-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: NJ
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The question is will they be subject to the same legal restrictions imposed on traditional religions (ie: separation of church and state, no prayer in gov. buildings etc.) or is this another double standard of the atheistic left?
There is nothing to separate. There is no "church". They should be held to the same restrictions as any other non religious group.

And don't they open every session of the senate and congress with a prayer? Are those not government buildings?
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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The question is will they be subject to the same legal restrictions imposed on traditional religions (ie: separation of church and state, no prayer in gov. buildings etc.) or is this another double standard of the atheistic left?
People are free to pray in public buildings, your persecution complex notwithstanding.
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