Is there something to worship? Will we have cake stalls and car boot sales? Raise money for charity? Congratulate ourselves on our faithlessness? Or just have regular piss-ups?

I know conventional churches do more than just worship invisible beings but that is meant to be their main purpose.

I definitely wouldn't want to call it a church ffs. This sounds like the sort of thing accomodationists would set up in order to try to camouflage their atheism. "Oh yes I go to church regularly, the church of Ceiling Cat" or some nonsense like that. It smacks of loss of backbone to me.

If you want to join a group of like-minded people by all means do so but for gods' sake don't call it a church!!

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Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 17, 2009 at 11:51am
Perhaps such a gathering place could start small with members hosting local gatherings of non-theist. Then, if the numbers are there, a permanent facility might be found.
Comment by Jennifer E. on July 17, 2009 at 12:00am
I like the Atheist Library/Coffehouse/Pub idea. I guess that could be part of our AN Chapterhouse. I don't like Fellowship Hall because there was always a fellowship hall in the churches I went to growing up. Too close. We need something totally original.
Comment by Pansy on July 16, 2009 at 9:35pm
how about "bright ideas"
Comment by Jason Spicer on July 16, 2009 at 9:14pm
Why not club/clubhouse? Or is that too exclusive? I could totally see hanging out at the local Atheist Club. If we want to go upscale, we can call it an Atheist Institute, or maybe Atheist Think Tank (I've always wanted to drive a tank). Other possibilities:

Atheist Nexus (eg: Seattle Atheist Nexus, or 23rd St Atheist Nexus)
Atheist Nexus Chapterhouse
Godless Lair
Den of Thinks
Heathen Hangout

I think I like the last two best.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on July 16, 2009 at 8:58am
As a former biology teacher, I can see a real down side to an atheist church. Most of the wingnut protesters opposing the teaching of evolution claim that evolution WAS a religious tenet of the Secular Humanist - an claim easily refuted. However, the existence of an atheist church would make their argument relevant; that would mean drop evolution from the curriculum or give equal time to ID.
An atheist church would be a cockroach in the cheese dip.
Comment by Craig on July 16, 2009 at 8:03am
I don't need a church. If im feeling lonly and all my friends are out doing somthing and im bored and I can't find anything fun to do and the house is clean and I have money almost all of the cafes in my neighborhood are full of young free thinking collage students... Sexy collage students!
Comment by Greywolf on July 16, 2009 at 2:05am
Good question.

A "church" is automatically associated with a religion-based structure in our society. Last time I checked atheism referred to a non-religious world-view. So what they hey!

What is so hard about calling a structure where atheists meet . . . an atheist meeting place, such as the Wisconsin Atheist Building, or Wisconsin Atheist Meeting Hall, or whatever?



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