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

Tacitus X Wrote: Oct 20, 2012 8:02 AM
The answer to this "big problem" is simple and can be found in the First Amendment - no government involvement. Let atheists try to join a religious club (or vice versa) and let the club decide whether to admit them or not. As long as there is no government interference or force, who cares? I would think a religious club would be eager to have atheists join so perhaps they could be persuaded. If the atheists in question are disruptive, kick them out for being disruptive, not just because they are "atheists." A drop of logic is worth more than two tons of histrionics.
Dean197 Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 11:47 AM
Mostly agree, the issue is 'vagued-up' by government funding, but certainly completely private clubs can control their membership as they see fit. Clubs funded in part by tax money should still have the right to expel disruptive members.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Oct 20, 2012 9:37 AM
ok, what do these dear atheist clubs do when christians start banging on their doors and insisting on being let in? it cuts both ways, dear unbelievers.
Illbay Wrote: Oct 20, 2012 11:40 PM
Atheists will kill them.

Hello...they're ATHEISTS.
Tacitus X Wrote: Oct 21, 2012 5:17 AM
If that were true, we'd be seeing higher percentages of atheists in prison than in the general population. Bureau of Prison statistics show that the opposite is the case.
Dean197 Wrote: Oct 22, 2012 11:48 AM
There are already Christian members of atheist clubs. Typically, atheist clubs don't have a requirement that members be atheists.

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...