Is it possible to start an atheist church?

Is it possible to start and run a chain of tax free atheist churchs?

This is something I have wondered about since i jokingly mentioned it in a Stroller Comment in my papers editorial section. I believe a I asked anyone interested to contact father Stump @ the paper. I would like to 1. get some serious answers to this question and 2. have some fun designing our chuch and deciding on our traditions and holidays.

I Stump Parrish do nominate for consideration as a holiday...Richard Dawkins Day...The day of the year we celarate this will be of his choosing. I offer for consideration his birthday...seems to be a tradition so far with religious icons right? hehe

Who else has a suggestion?

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Comment by Stump Parrish on December 6, 2009 at 8:32pm
Cliff, One of the problems then would be, how to get a church founded on a lack of belief classified as a "religious entity". Some of the biggest battles you would encounter would be from the religious leaders getting wealthier using the same tactics.
Comment by Stump Parrish on December 6, 2009 at 8:24pm
Charles, Good point but, always a but isn't there, couldn't a church be built on a core set of beliefs. Actually that is the basis for most religions and the majrity of these belief systems are very similar. Change the picture on the flyer, pick a fancy name and start influencing governmental policy with tax-free status. And we get to hold bake sales.
Comment by Stump Parrish on December 6, 2009 at 2:33pm
Tim I have to agree with your line of reasoning on the reason for these churches. I for one used the term atheist church just to tweek some noses here in the bible belt. I succeeded, which is no great feat I relalize. All one must do is discuss truth. I will also admit that I am looking for ideas to throw out to the chosen ones in the bible belt and again for the same purpose. Hmmm, chosen by whom?. Kind of like me being chosen to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates, doesn't mean much does it?
Comment by Charles on December 6, 2009 at 2:15pm
I have to agree with some of the answers below.I know so many theist that try to say atheism is a religion.I'm simply a man with no belief in supernatural forces.How can a church be built on a belief in nothing.
Comment by Fabio on December 6, 2009 at 8:22am
Are we sure that's really what we want? Don't we have enough theists claiming that atheism is just a religion like any other as it is? I understand the need for cohesion, but any mention of "church" and official holidays would certainly end up backfiring.
Comment by Gold Guy on December 6, 2009 at 3:22am
If you want "fellowship" start an atheist group. If you want tax shelter, form a Pastafarian (FSM) church. But "atheist church" is an oxymoron, and we're too smart for that :-)
Comment by Stump Parrish on December 6, 2009 at 2:02am
As far as serious consideration goes, there is a church in Spartanburg that is running an assemply plant out of a mall they bought and run as a tax free church and ministries. entirely too many churches are running tax free businesses in direct competition with tax paying ones. Might be a great investment plan. Any thoughts?



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