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Must Religious Organizations Be Required To Admit Non-Adherents as Members?

Jerome41 Wrote: Oct 20, 2012 11:26 PM
As an atheist I, nor do other atheists, want to be able to join a CHristian organization. But in terms of, such as in Europe, churches getting tax dollars and atheist groups not getting any, that is discriminatory and unfair. The simple solution is not to send tax dollars, even voluntary, to churches. If churches want money, then ask their members. Don't use government.
Dean197 Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 12:15 PM
It does seem odd, from an American atheist's point of view. Although I might visit a theistic church to learn more about it, I don't see why I would actually want to join. The UUs don't have a creed, I can always go there if I want to have church without having to claim that I believe in God.
Don't Tread On Me3 Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 10:17 AM
I guessing you're not an "activist" but are content to live & let live, understanding that others disagree with your beliefs as you disagree with theirs.

Why would someone who doesn't like water join a paddling group? Why would a PETA member join a hunt club? Why would anyone want to join an org that espouses beliefs they actively oppose? Why would someone who opposes individual gun ownership join the NRA? Why would a "pro-choicer" join a pro-life org? Why would a libertarian join the Democratic party? Why would an anti-Christian activist join a church? Some examples are nonsense, others would be because "activists" seek to destroy their "enemies" from within.

About five years ago, I had the privilege of making a presentation before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a European intergovernmental organization established to protect, among other things, international “human rights.” While there, a prominent European atheist group also did a presentation claiming that churches across the world are violating the rights of atheists by excluding them from church membership.

Of course, this was news to me. So I listened.

Their argument went this way: governments subsidize churches directly through tax support, such as in Europe, or indirectly through tax exemptions, such as in the...