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******************************************************************** More About American Atheists ******************************************************************** American Atheists asserts that you have another freedom: Freedom *from* religion and from paying heavy taxes so that the relatively few churchgoers in American can benefit from your tax payment. American Atheists is an organization dedicated to the maintenance of that freedom for you. American Atheists seeks to provide the alternative of freedom *from* religion in America. For generations, Americans have been taught that in the United States we have freedom *of* religion only. That is, we are free to choose which religion we care to profess as long as we choose. We are presented with a plethora of belief systems and told to "pick a card, any card," but we may not decline to play the game. American Atheists believes that you have the right to say "none of the above" when faced with an ever-growing list of sects in our denomination- prone religious system. We also feel that it is your right to be free from the burden of financial support of religion in general or any sect in particular. American Atheists believes that separation of state and church is the essential prerequisite to your survival as an Atheist. Without separation, the arm of the state can be used to force you as an Atheist to profess a religious belief or restrict your freedoms if you do not. Only when state and church are separated and the church is made to stand alone, on its dogma, does the Atheist have a chance. When the church stands alone, it can be confronted on equal ground, intellectually, with the invalidity of its dogmas; with the power of the state at its back, it cannot. American Atheists was created to defeind the civil rights of Atheists where they are violated on the basis of an individual's espousal of Atheism as a life-style. For example, currently the constitutions of three states prohibit anyone who does not believe in "a supreme being" from holding public office or trust, i.e., being employed by the state. We feel that these struggles are essential to the maintenance of the ultimate freedom that any society should provide to each individual: FREEDOM OF THE MIND. This is the goal of Atheism-- promotion of that ultimate freedom. As Atheists, we are *not* Humanists, Agnostics, Rationalists, Freethinkers, Ethical Culturists, or Unitarians, nor do we hide behind any of a number of pseudo-Atheist labels used chiefly as socially acceptable camouflage. Neither are we any more negative in our position than those who labor for independence-- freedom from dependency. An Atheist labors for freedom from *theism*, or freedom from dependency on god theories. We are also not a religion. The concept of an agency outside of nature with the ability to reach into natural law and to control events is supernaturalism, the foundation of any religion. The existence of that agency is based on subjective faith and belief systems. An Atheist has no belief system. We accept only that which is scientifically verifiable. Since god concepts are unverifiable, we do not accept them. American Atheists requires no system of depending on rigid dogma to govern the events of daily lives. The theist relies upon a set of specific rules of conduct on a daily basis and depends on those rules to function normally. An Atheist can function normally in society without reference to any arbitrary set of rules of conduct. Enlightened self-interest and common sense suffice. Atheists are happy and content with their lifestyle. They are *not* unhappy that they have rejected a closed theistic system inside of which they must operate. Atheists are comfortable and content with a life-style free from theism. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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