If you accept that: 1) God is a myth. Humankind's future is in its own hands. 2) Prayers

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If you accept that: 1) God is a myth. Humankind's future is in its own hands. 2) Prayers are what you say to yourself. Success in life depends on human effort. 3) Humans are a part of nature and developed in it. What purpose there is in life, humans make. 4) When you die, your life is over forever. Only your ideas can survive. 5) The church and clergy are in business for themselves. They have no more special knowledge about life than the average person. 6) Humankind is responsible for what it does. There are no sins, crimes cannot be forgiven by religious rites, holy water, or doing penance. 7) The time to live is now, the place to live is here and the way to be happy is to make yourself and others happy. Then.... You are an Atheist! The question is: Why would Atheists ever need to get together in an organization? Just look at television, or listen to radio - and that's why. The religious community is everywhere trying to intrude itself into your life- overtly. It is already there covertly. You pay a higher sales tax because the churches are tax-exempt. You get a bigger cut taken out of your inheritance, because the churches can take, tax-free. Your real estate tax is booming because the churches pay none at all. The tax-free ride of the giant business of religion causes your tax bills to be increased yearly. The churches reach into your life to tell you when to eat, what to eat, what to read, what you can see on television or in a cinema. They dictate divorce laws, marriage laws, sex laws. They prohibit sex education where they can, see to it that birth control information is not distributed, and then damn the woman who gets pregnant, doesn't want a child, and seeks an abortion. The churches- and all the "big-time" television preachers should be required to account for every penny which they receive and pay taxes like everybody else. No church should be permitted to run a tax-free business in competition with those of us who need to pay taxes. American Atheists is a non-political, non-profit organization dedicated to defending the civil rights, lifestyles, and philosophies of people who exercise their First Amendment rights by choosing to be free from religion. This organization has the following Aims and Purposes: American Atheists are organized: (1) to stimulate and promote freedom of thought and inquiry concerning religious beliefs, creeds, dogmas, tenets, rituals, and practices; (2) to collect and disseminate information, data, and literature on all religions and promote a more thorough understanding of them, their origins, and histories; (3) to advocate, labor for, and promote in all lawful ways the complete and absolute separation of state and church; (4) to advocate, labor for, and promote in all lawful ways the establishment and maintenance of a thoroughly secular system of education available to all; (5) to encourage the development and public acceptance of a humane ethical system, stressing the mutual sympathy, understanding, and interdependence of all people and the corresponding responsibility of each individual in relation to society; (6) to develop and propogate a social philosophy in which man is the central figure who alone must be the source of strength, progress, and ideals for the well-being and happiness of humanity; (7) to promote the study of the arts and sciences and all problems affecting the maintenance, perpetuation, and enrichment of human and other life; (8) to engage in such social, educational, legal, and cultural activity as will be useful and beneficial to members of American Atheists and to society as a whole. Definitions: (1) Atheism is the Weltanschauung (comprehensive conception of the world and of total human life value systems) of persons who are free from theism- i.e. free *from* religion. It is predicated on ancient Greek Materialism. (2) American Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason, and aims at establishing a life-style and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority or creeds. (3) Materialism declares that the cosmos is devoid of imminent conscious purpose; that it is governed by its own inherent, immutable and impersonal laws; that there is no supernatural interference in human life; that man -finding his resources within himself- can and must create his own destiny. Materialism restores to man his dignity and his intellectual integrity. It teaches that we must prize our life on earth and strive always to improve it. It holds that man is capable of creating a social system based on reason and justice. Materialism's "faith" is in man and man's ability to transform the world culture by his own efforts. This is a commitment which is in every essense life-asserting. It considers the struggle for progress as a moral obligation and impossible without noble ideas that inspire man to struggle and to bold creative works. Materialism holds that mankind's potential for good and for more fulfilling cultural development is, for all practical purposes, unlimited. If you would like more information, write to: The American Atheist General Headquarters P.O. Box 140195 Austin, Texas 78714-0195


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