It didn’t take long for The Sunday Assembly to go from admitting that atheism is a religion to founding a growing atheist church to excommunicating its first heretic.
The Sunday Assembly, founded amid fanfare in London in January 2013, has already grown to 28 churches around the globe where atheists come to celebrate their faith every Sunday.
In New York, though, a disagreement about how to proselytize and attract new members has led to Sunday Assembly founder Sanderson Jones banning three church members, who have now gone off and founded their own denomination, Godless Revival.
According to Godless Revival founder Lee Moore, The Sunday Assembly has “a real problem with atheism.” Moore said that Jones told New York members not to use the word “atheism” and not to have speakers from the “atheist community.”
The big deal breaker, though, was that Jones wanted to hold Assembly meetings in appropriately church-like venues, while the Revivalists wanted to hold them in a Manhattan bar. (Points for honesty, at least.)
Jones denies ever telling anyone not to use the word “atheism,” but he does say he advised the New Yorkers to hold their meetings in a family-friendly environment and to reach out beyond the atheist community.
Moore now dismisses The Sunday Assembly as a “humanistic cult.”
Jones is happy with the Assembly’s growth, which has been phenomenal in its first year. Moore, who promises his group will be more “authentic,” might want to consider the happy hour buffet plan for his Revivalists, as they sound like they might be easier to get along with when they’re drunk.
I’m actually glad to see this trend of atheist churches springing up. There have always been a few here and there, but a movement might finally sweep away this “non-religion” nonsense that American atheists have been promoting for decades.
You’re familiar with that routine if you’ve ever read a story about atheists suing over Christmas displays or monuments to the Ten Commandments and such.
It goes like this: Atheists sue because over separation of church and state because they are made to feel excluded by such displays, sometimes even reporting that they get physically ill. At the same time, they want to put up displays about Charles Darwin, rewriting the biographies of the Founding Fathers and so forth to present “their views.” Courts let them get away with targeting mostly Christian groups for persecution because they are supposedly a “non-religion,” a view also promoted by the lamestream media.
So, religious enough to be offended by other religions, but “non-religious” so their viewpoint can be officially supported by government and they don’t have to abide by the same rules of tolerance applied to everyone else.
If it starts to dawn on state and federal bureaucrats that atheism is just another religion that can’t be given preferential treatment, we might actually be able to put an end to things like the targeting of Christians for punishment in the military or the exclusion of non-PC views on history, science and politics in public schools.
A little honesty on the part of atheists could go a long way.