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Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world
AP ^ | 11/10/13 | GILLIAN FLACCUS

Posted on 11/10/2013 3:47:09 PM PST by SoFloFreeper

It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church...The only thing missing was God.

Dozens of gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors are springing up around the U.S. after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year...

On Sunday, the inaugural Sunday Assembly in Los Angeles attracted more than 400 attendees, all bound by their belief in non-belief. Similar gatherings in San Diego, Nashville, New York and other U.S. cities...

The founders, British duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans, are currently on a tongue-in-cheek "40 Dates, 40 Nights" tour around the U.S. and Australia to drum up donations and help launch dozens of Sunday Assemblies. They hope to raise more than $800,000 that will help atheists launch their pop-up congregations around the world.

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FYI.

Sounds to me like Sanderson and Pippa are looking to get some quick cash.

1 posted on 11/10/2013 3:47:09 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
British duo Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans

I'll take Peter and Gordon.

2 posted on 11/10/2013 3:49:55 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: SoFloFreeper

Who is that masquerades as an angel of light?


3 posted on 11/10/2013 3:50:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

They meet at Starbucks and the title is tipping the barrista.


4 posted on 11/10/2013 3:50:19 PM PST by struggle
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To: struggle

They meet at Starbucks and the tithe is tipping the barrista.


5 posted on 11/10/2013 3:50:43 PM PST by struggle
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To: SoFloFreeper

So what? They all get together and talk about nothing?
Praise nothing?
Give thanks to nothing?

Sounds boring to me.


6 posted on 11/10/2013 3:51:19 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SoFloFreeper; zot; NYer

Shall we now sing that old favorite: “Give me that old time atheism.”


7 posted on 11/10/2013 3:51:48 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: SoFloFreeper

A comedian draws 400 to a show and its now considered a MEGA-Church?

Almost as sad as the LGTB(WTF?) yearly “national” meeting that drew 20 freaks.

But if conservatives draw a few thousand its an embarrassment.


8 posted on 11/10/2013 3:52:04 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: tet68
Sounds boring to me.

I'm an atheist, and it sounds boring to me as well...!

9 posted on 11/10/2013 3:52:25 PM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Is Nothing sacred?


10 posted on 11/10/2013 3:52:47 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: tet68

Churches need to fight this themselves. I think churches of ALL denominations have not been doing their jobs with the effectiveness they used to in decades and centuries past, and I somehow doubt it is not just me who feels this way.


11 posted on 11/10/2013 3:52:50 PM PST by freedom462
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To: SoFloFreeper

the rise of the anti-Christ’s


12 posted on 11/10/2013 3:53:10 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

ha they will never out do the democrat national convention


13 posted on 11/10/2013 3:54:16 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: tet68

They praise themselves.


14 posted on 11/10/2013 3:54:37 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So it’s just like a Unitarian Church then?


15 posted on 11/10/2013 3:55:44 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: bigheadfred

I wouldn’t want to bet on that.

Athiest churches, isn’t that like gay marriages?


16 posted on 11/10/2013 3:55:47 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: bigheadfred

Good one!! LOL!! I wonder if they all boo God in unison like the Democrats did....


17 posted on 11/10/2013 3:57:19 PM PST by yellowdoghunter (Welcome to Obamastan!)
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To: bigheadfred

Sorry BHF, I thought you said, “...never do the democrat
convention”.


18 posted on 11/10/2013 3:57:30 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Pippa and Sanderson.


19 posted on 11/10/2013 3:57:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: KC_Lion

Pretty darn close, I’d say!


20 posted on 11/10/2013 3:58:00 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Atheists have this pathetic need to be noticed.


21 posted on 11/10/2013 3:58:43 PM PST by allendale
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To: Cicero

If looks are anything to go by....I doubt if they are very funny comics.


22 posted on 11/10/2013 3:59:20 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: MUDDOG
How about Chad & Jeremy.

Seriously, I'm an atheist, and I wouldn't waste my time with these people. What would we sing for Christmas?

"Still in the Night”
“O Come All Ye Ambivalent”
“Random Chance Rest Ye Merry Gentlepersons”
“O Little Town of the Occupied Territories”
“Hark, the Herald Ancient Aliens Sing”
“O Inclusive Night”
“We Three Democratically Elected Presidents of the Indigenous Peoples of Asia Are”
“The Height-Challenged Transgendered Percussionist Boy/Girl”
“Do You Hear What I Hear (Closed Captioning Provided)”
“I’m Dreaming of an Ethnically Diverse Solstice”

Would we sing from Handel's "Messiah", or would we change the lyrics? Whoops, it's not "Messiah", it's ”A Person Who Has Symbolically Had Vegetable Oil Poured on His/Her Head, Thus Signifying That He/She is Special (But No More Special Than Anyone Else!) Oh, and we can't call it an oratorio because that comes from the Latin "orare", to pray. We have to call it a cantata. How about these titles?

“Every Valley Shall be Exalted (Until it is Equal in Depth to All Other Valleys)”
”For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth (Due to Anthropogenic Global Warming)”
”For Unto Us a Child is Born (Which is One Useless Eater Too Many for This Poor Overpopulated World)”
”There Were Shepherds Abiding in the Field (Until the Government Turned the Field into a National Park, Confiscated the Sheep and Killed the Shepherds with a Drone)”
”Then Shall the Eyes of the Blind be Opened (And the Obamacare Fee be Charged)”
”And We Like Sheep (Which is Now Legal in Three Five States)”
”Thou Art Gone Up on High (‘Cos that Weed was Truly Righteous, Dude!)”
”The Lord Gave the Word, Great Was the Company of the Preachers (Until the IRS Shut Them Up)”
”How Beautiful are the Feet” (a.k.a. “The San Francisco Fetish Aria”)
”Let Us Break Their Bonds Asunder (And Screw the Bondholders)”
The famous “Halle-whoever Chorus”
“I Know That My Government Bailout Liveth"

Jeez, I don't know where to stop.

23 posted on 11/10/2013 4:00:06 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill & Publius is now available at Amazon.)
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To: tet68

s’ok i may have mispoke sitting here mulling how afeared of islamism i ism


24 posted on 11/10/2013 4:00:56 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: SoFloFreeper

Sounds good to me; would be great for a big, captive crowd for God to show up for them and have them not be able to “unexplain” it. What do they un-celebrate when they un-meet? Un-god?


25 posted on 11/10/2013 4:02:00 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (“Life is hard, but it’s harder when you’re stupid.” John Wayne)
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To: Kip Russell

geez, isn’t one of the atheist “bennies” getting to sleep in on Sunday? kinda makes up for not having any holidays

well, except for festivus


26 posted on 11/10/2013 4:02:21 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Sounds to me like Sanderson and Pippa are looking to get some quick cash.

Starting a new church? Sure worked for L. Ron Hubbard.

27 posted on 11/10/2013 4:03:12 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: freedom462

Church uses craft beer to lure new church members

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/23902154/church-uses-craft-beer-to-lure-new-church-members


28 posted on 11/10/2013 4:04:16 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: KC_Lion

um, don’t the Unitarians have many paths to .... somewhere?

If atheists have many paths don’t they all lead to nowhere?


29 posted on 11/10/2013 4:04:57 PM PST by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Publius

I gave Peter and Gordon the nod over Chad and Jeremy because the former made an appearance on the Dick Van Dyke show.


30 posted on 11/10/2013 4:07:45 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: tet68

Sort of like your typical Rolling Stones rock concert . . . without the music. Just bring your weed and you attitude . . .


31 posted on 11/10/2013 4:08:51 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: silverleaf
geez, isn’t one of the atheist “bennies” getting to sleep in on Sunday?

I certainly do!

kinda makes up for not having any holidays

well, except for festivus

I can't think of a major holiday that doesn't have a secular aspect to it these days. I've always enjoyed Christmas...

32 posted on 11/10/2013 4:10:17 PM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The belief of nothing united no one.

Passing fad and like moths drawn to the light, eventually and soon their enthusiasm to wast their time in meaningless activities will be extinguished by flame.


33 posted on 11/10/2013 4:11:07 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Cicero

Crazy eyes are crazy!


34 posted on 11/10/2013 4:14:16 PM PST by catbertz
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To: SoFloFreeper
Dozens of gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches

their bible could be Carl Sagan's Cosmos

35 posted on 11/10/2013 4:15:39 PM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: SoFloFreeper

Athiests can’t prove there is no God, so they must take it on faith.


36 posted on 11/10/2013 4:16:20 PM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Cicero

Oh look, he’s got a contrarian beard. What an individual he is.

Naturally their god is government.


37 posted on 11/10/2013 4:17:52 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: SoFloFreeper

I don’t believe in the tooth fairy; not sure why I’d want (or need) to get together with hundreds of people to either celebrate or reinforce that mode of thought.


38 posted on 11/10/2013 4:25:22 PM PST by Stosh
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To: SoFloFreeper

Odd they call them churches and gather like churches.


39 posted on 11/10/2013 4:41:40 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SuziQ

At least Elron was a decent writer.
He was not delusional about receiving some direct message from the all-mighty.


40 posted on 11/10/2013 4:44:06 PM PST by Zuse
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To: SoFloFreeper
The original Atheist Mega-Church.


41 posted on 11/10/2013 4:45:16 PM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Their non-belief is a lie.

They all band together to try to convince themselves that they are right, but in their sub-conscious they are frightened children knowing that they are condemning themselves to hell.

They know there is a God and they are frightened of Him and band together for mutual support. In reality they are pathetic.


42 posted on 11/10/2013 4:45:37 PM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

And this is different from Unitarian Universalist -— how?


43 posted on 11/10/2013 4:50:21 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("He will come on that Day to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire.")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

What’s going to be their focus? Hatred of Catholics, Jews or anyone who believes in God?


44 posted on 11/10/2013 5:05:00 PM PST by virgil
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To: SoFloFreeper
400 people is not a mega church by any stretch of the imagination.

Gee, sounds like the article has an agenda.

45 posted on 11/10/2013 5:26:17 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: struggle

Don’t forget their sacrament of human sacrifice (abortion).


46 posted on 11/10/2013 5:30:37 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Making good people helpless doesn't make bad people harmless.)
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To: KC_Lion

Some Unitarians believe in some form of deity, not all are atheist. The Wiccan ones are pretty freaky, though. Talk about conflicted. They’re no longer Christian, that’s for sure, and haven’t been for as long as I can recall.


47 posted on 11/10/2013 5:32:05 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SoFloFreeper

How is this different from Unitarians?


48 posted on 11/10/2013 6:15:08 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: SoFloFreeper

This is a fad that won’t hold up. After a few times, the attendance will drop because it is a novelty.


49 posted on 11/10/2013 6:19:31 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Like saying you want to feast daily on eggs and at the same time wanting chickens to go extinct...that’s how absurd this concept is.


50 posted on 11/10/2013 6:32:21 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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