I am a recently ordained atheist minister with ambitions to start an atheist church in Northern Michigan.
Why are you here?
To meet more atheists who live in Michigan
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
If there is a god, it would be the only situation in life where "following your heart" leads you to a correct conclusion. If there is a god, then he has decided that people who "follow their heart" are the best people, the most enlightened people. In other words, he'd have to be stupid.
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Welcome Rev. Ben - I always thought it possible to start our own church - same way that Scientology did - don't have to mention god - just have a head honcho, you or whoever, morgan, Nelson, Robert Karp, Monica, Skycomet, Heather Spoonheim, Archbishops and Archbishopess's, etc. I, personally would like to have a Primate lol :)
I have never minded that a theist says I follow a religion - ok, I do, then what. I personally revere the White Unicorn Goddess. She doesn't do much, just head butts anybody who doesn't revere her, or is just a general bone bag.
I have noticed that theists are simply pinching, plagiarizing our words, Intelligent etc. saying we are vehement, telling lies, etc, when they are committing heinous crimes in the name of religion.
So why not pinch the word 'religion'. We can end up with a ship just like Scientologists, sail the world, tax free - headquarters in Michigan. What do you think - wouldn't it be fun.