Has any Atheist asked to speak before a congreagation on Sunday?

I recently joined this discussion group and am thrilled to have found many like minded individuals. I was raised jehovahs witness southern baptist and pentecostal all in the same household so I do know something about the other side. As a small child I never "got it". I am a lucky man but I digress. To discuss Atheism amongst ourselves is affirming but I really want to go to a local church , any doesn't matter, lots here in conservative Florida and speak about being an atheist before the congregation. Now I know it will require hauling some giant balls up to that raised stage and in front of that giant cross tell old ladies and disgusted families how foolish they are but it would be incredible if just one kid could here the truth. Religious parents are keen to protect their impressionable brood. It is so unfair that religion gets the kids so early and by the time the truth is realized the adult product is "in the closet". Love to get the truth out there but I doubt I would be allowed through the hallowed doors. Does anyone know of anyone that has done that? I mean anyone that did it and survived and how long did they stay in the ICU?

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Comment by Hemant on July 5, 2010 at 11:08am
@Robert -- You're right. No one ever did take me up on that. I'm still doing quite a few dialogues where I'm on stage with the pastor, but nothing that's just me, being able to talk on my own terms.
Comment by Robert Madewell on July 4, 2010 at 3:37pm
Hemant Mehta issued a challenge some time ago to churches to let him speak on his own without any prompting or questioning from the pastor. As far as I know, no one has taken him up on it.

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Comment by Asa Watcher on July 4, 2010 at 12:50pm
I once attended a wedding in a church and noticed on a billboard the young adult sunday school class was to have a discussion that sunday titled: “What is atheism?”
I was walking at the time with the youth pastor and he informed me that he was leading the discussion.
I suggested that if the class wished to learn about brick laying they should invite a brick layer, if the class wished to learn about the diamond market they should invite a diamond merchant, and if they wished to be informed about atheism they might seek out an actual atheist.
He looked at me like I was crazy.
I too would be interested in knowing if any atheist has been invited to a discussion about atheism in a sunday school, bible study, or other church situation.
Comment by Bradley Keene on July 4, 2010 at 1:59am
I've actually thought about doing this. I figure that I could possibly reach an agreement with an especially liberal reverend by offering him the opportunity to expose his congregation to Atheism and test their faith, while I get the chance to attempt to spread my message. It could be like a cultural experiment... or something.
Comment by Dale on July 3, 2010 at 6:34pm
I honestly have never heard of it done. However, I don't see why you couldn't stage a little presentation, say, at a park across the street from a church on public grounds. Freedom of speech and all. I don't know how Florida is, but some places you might have to be careful with your wording to avoid "Hate Speech" charges.

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