Tevlin: Saints have a prayer? Not on atheists’ night

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 31, 2012 - 11:52 PM
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jastkeJul. 31, 12 9:22 PM

This game should be no more newsworthy than a Lutheran night, but it generates hate mail and a newspaper columnist's suggestion that this is an example of "pushing the envelope". In a country that was founded on the principle of religious freedom, atheists are one of the most discriminated-against groups in the country. According to a poll (for which unfortunately I don't have a citation) a political candidate being atheist is more likely to generate a vote against than any other religious preference, any gender or any gender preference. Perhaps that issue should be the topic of a future column.

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sanborn40Aug. 1, 12 6:31 AM

They're fundraising so they can build a place where they can NOT worship? They can do that just about anywhere - any government building for starters, public schools coffee houses, public libraries and last but not least the private homes of their members. All of the places mentioned have or offer meeting areas for various groups. Sounds a lot like they're going the route of organized religion by creating this space. Or at least trying to copy organized religion. Why would that be?

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xjritterAug. 1, 1210:24 AM

Sanborn40 - What organized group wouldn't like their own place to meet? FYI Minnesota Atheists most often meet in public libraries, and their plan to get their own building has nothing to do with copying religion.

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ChachiAug. 1, 12 2:46 PM

We are Atheists. We are your friends, neighbors, family members and some of us like baseball.

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ebrandelAug. 2, 1211:09 AM

I couldn't care less about religion, but there's just one thing about these "devout" atheists that puzzles me: their need to declare their non-belief in nothing and gather with others who share their non-belief in nothing. Seriously, this isn't a dig, I just don't get it.

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ChachiAug. 2, 1212:36 PM

@ebrandel As an Atheist, I used to feel and think that very thing. I gradually changed my mind. As humans, we feel the need to be part of a community. That feeling is there whether we believe in a god or not. Also, as a group we can better advocate for ourselves in the political arena.

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mnmaggiemnAug. 3, 12 9:34 AM

Athiests complain about religion pushing their beleifs but they do the same thing. This article wasnt news. No one is ever going to have the same beliefs and everyone needs to stop exploiting their beliefs/non beliefs for their own agendas.

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roadtoruinAug. 8, 1211:40 AM

There are two types of atheists. Those who believe in freedom of religion and choose not to participate and there are the activists atheists. The activist atheists want to see all religion and even all references to religion totally erased from the planet. The activists atheist are the most intolerant group on the face of the planet and are a clear danger to the First Amendment of the US constitution and our American way of life.

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