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    Anyone see the story about the Atheist church in Britain? It's exactly like a religious gathering only for like minded atheists.

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/bri...-1226595770888

    Maybe for atheism to become mainstream (rather than an intellectual elitist conceit ;-) it needs a few of the trappings and rituals of religion?
    One of the reasons I despise religion is its trappings and rituals.

    What's wrong with friends/neighbours/family members getting together for a meal or a drink or a public lecture or a campfire singalong without rituals and trappings?


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    Quote Bolero said View Post
    One of the reasons I despise religion is its trappings and rituals.

    What's wrong with friends/neighbours/family members getting together for a meal or a drink or a public lecture or a campfire singalong without rituals and trappings?


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    A deB confuses ritual with the useful structures of formality or regularity.

    I run a board game club. I post the date of the next meeting on facebook the week before. We meet at a given time and place. We sometimes set a theme for game selection on the night. These are all formalities that make the experience more functional and enjoyable.

    Having a community hall, and the expectation that "a public lecture" will be given every Sunday is a regular structure that just makes it easy to get involved, hear lots of lectures and know you are likely to meet regular attendees and socialise.
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    No one seems to have made sport with this:

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    Default Dealing with the "isn't that just like a religious gathering" comment

    Quote AUSloth said View Post
    @ WAS well that's ok for the head butt what of the rest of one's body?

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    No one seems to have made sport with this:



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    Quote Bolero said View Post
    One of the reasons I despise religion is its trappings and rituals.

    What's wrong with friends/neighbours/family members getting together for a meal or a drink or a public lecture or a campfire singalong without rituals and trappings?
    Nothing at all - but some people like rituals.

    See Christmas... no hang on... Easter... ahh... Australia Day or Grand Final day BBQ! There's nothing wrong with rituals as long as there's no moral baggage attached to them.
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    Default Re: Dealing with the "isn't that just like a religious gathering" comment

    Australia day? No moral baggage?

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    Quote Jaar-Gilon said View Post
    Australia day? No moral baggage?
    <sigh> The good thing about living in a pluralist society is that there is no holiday that won't offend someone.
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    Quote nickj69 said View Post
    <sigh> The good thing about living in a pluralist society is that there is no holiday that won't offend someone.
    I'm not offended by any public holidays. The more the merrier

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    Quote nickj69 said View Post
    <sigh> The good thing about living in a pluralist society is that there is no holiday that won't offend someone.
    SIGH! Who said I was offended? You said there's nothing wrong with rituals as long as there's no moral baggage attached to them and then used Australia day bbq as one of those rituals. How many of the remaining original Australians think the British invasion of Australia was a morally good thing? What I am saying is Australia day is not a thing without moral baggage and ritualistically celebrating is questionable.
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    Quote Jaar-Gilon said View Post
    SIGH! Who said I was offended? You said there's nothing wrong with rituals as long as there's no moral baggage attached to them and then used Australia day bbq as one of those rituals. How many of the remaining original Australians think the British invasion of Australia was a morally good thing? What I am saying is Australia day is not a thing without moral baggage and ritualistically celebrating is questionable.
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