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Why do Atheists go to church?

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2011-02-17 06:03:57

Atheists can be found present in churches during services for

several innocuous reasons:

  • They are closet atheists who, for business or family reasons,

    must appear to be believers so as to maintain good relations and

    personal safety

  • They enjoy the music as music and the ceremony as


  • They see friends and relatives there on predictable basis
  • They like to sit quietly and practice their breathing, memorize

    poems, do mental math problems, meditate on Zen truths

  • Are keeping an agreement made with their spouses
  • To support all the other atheists attending (for whatever

    reason that they are there) and joke about the service later

  • To raise the hackles of the other parishioners by indicating

    the problems with the sermons simple views after the service

  • To get free coffee and cookies after the service
  • To be reminded af the gullibility of the general


  • To ignore the service (not sit, stand, respond, pray) as they

    were forced to participate as a child

Members of churches may think atheists go to churches for

malevolent reasons to:

  • Steal hosts and holy water
  • Mislead children or corrupt others
  • Mock believers
  • Chant satanic spells
  • Because they are lost or know they are wrong and want to come


  • Out of fear of the afterlife, personal problems or doubt
  • They are only pretending to be atheists
  • It is part of the atheist agenda (or other conspiracy) to

    destroy the West

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