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

kjohns2001 Wrote: Oct 24, 2012 3:12 AM
A few rather simple, but valid, observations. One, there are far more Christians than Atheists. Two, If the law requires equal opportunity to join, why don't Christians simply flood the Atheist organizations with Christian members? Since they would be in the majority they could simply out vote the Atheist members when they propose doing anything anti-religious. Three, if Atheists want to force their way into religious groups shouldn't we welcome them? After all, Christians could make it their goal to convert the Atheists. I'm sure that having every individual Christian, in a Church or organization, take turns preaching the Gospel to them, without letup, will encourage them to stay and might even convert some or all of them.

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...