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    Actually I also cant imagine what makes people join atheist “groups”. Unless they live in small rural areas where religion is uniquely crapping all over everything.

    It’s an odd thing to me.

    I don’t belong to a “ghosts aren’t real” club.

    But yeah - since I have never and likely will never meet these people in these groups ... question is academic.

    I don’t understand accordion players either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    Actually I also cant imagine what makes people join atheist “groups”. Unless they live in small rural areas where religion is uniquely crapping all over everything.

    It’s an odd thing to me.

    I don’t belong to a “ghosts aren’t real” club.

    But yeah - since I have never and likely will never meet these people in these groups ... question is academic.

    I don’t understand accordion players either.
    I suspect that most atheists don't make a big deal out of their atheism. I certainly don't obsess over my disbelief in mermaids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    The band members who joined Blue Öyster Cult wound up fairly well set for their retirement,

    but that's surely an exception to the rule.
    LOL. Don't think that's quite the same thing, but...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpicturetaker12 View Post
    Me either.
    I believe that he is suggesting that, because Secular Humanism has some dogmatic beliefs attached, that it is a cult/religion. And, he's not entirely wrong. After all it is recognised as a religion in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Czernobog View Post
    I believe that he is suggesting that, because Secular Humanism has some dogmatic beliefs attached, that it is a cult/religion. And, he's not entirely wrong. After all it is recognised as a religion in the US.
    They don't have any churches in my hometown, and my hometown has about one church for every 20 citizens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    Actually I also cant imagine what makes people join atheist “groups”. Unless they live in small rural areas where religion is uniquely crapping all over everything.

    It’s an odd thing to me.

    I don’t belong to a “ghosts aren’t real” club.

    But yeah - since I have never and likely will never meet these people in these groups ... question is academic.

    I don’t understand accordion players either.
    Thing is I would actually like to start several atheist/secular organisations. Everyone talks about the social benefits provided by Christianity, and because it is harder to do that for atheism, therefore atheism has no real value.

    I have tried several times to get some advice on how to start a secular/atheist version of the "Y", and every time I ask, I just get funny looks like they have no idea what I'm talking about, or why would I want to do that? We already have the "Y". It's like everyone has forgotten what the "Y" actually is. For those who don't know the full acronym of the "Y" is YMCA, as in Young Men's CHRISTIAN Association. See, I would like to take over just about every charity/cause Christians involve themselves in, just to prove that it doesn't require a belief in God to do it. The "Y", Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts. You name it, and I would like to see an atheist/secular version of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    I don’t understand accordion players either.
    Or bagpipe players, I would imagine ... ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Or bagpipe players, I would imagine ... ?
    Squeezing a bag full of cats gets you the same sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idiocracat View Post
    Squeezing a bag full of cats gets you the same sound.
    No, that would be the catpipe.

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