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Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:40 AM

Atheist group for seniors at La Costa Glen targeted: Atheists Anonymous members say backlash growing

Posted: 12/26/2012
Last Updated: 8 hours ago
Natasha Zouves

CARLSBAD, Calif. - A group of seniors in Carlsbad say they are being persecuted, targeted and jeered at for their religion, or rather for their lack of religion.

In its promotional video, the La Costa Glen retirement community may look peaceful, but a group of seniors who live there says it is a battlefield.

"They said, 'She is a sinner. She's going to hell and she's going to burn forever,'" said 84-year-old Brigit Smith-Clarke. She said she heard two fellow residents say that about her because she founded Atheists Anonymous.

It is a group for the elderly residents at La Costa Glen who do not believe in God or just want to explore their options. It began with 16 members two years ago. Since then, their membership has grown to almost 100 seniors.

http://www.10news.com/news/atheist-group-for-seniors-at-la-costa-glen-targeted-atheists-anonymous-members-say-backlash-growing-122520120

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Reply Atheist group for seniors at La Costa Glen targeted: Atheists Anonymous members say backlash growing (Original post)
rug Dec 2012 OP
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #1
BlueJazz Dec 2012 #2
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #4
Ferretherder Dec 2012 #3
cbayer Dec 2012 #5
dimbear Dec 2012 #6
Thats my opinion Dec 2012 #7
rug Dec 2012 #8
skepticscott Dec 2012 #9
cleanhippie Dec 2012 #10
skepticscott Dec 2012 #12
cleanhippie Dec 2012 #11

Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 07:24 AM

1. Channel 10 News took down the story.

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Response to BlueJazz (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:28 AM

4. Thank you very much.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:21 AM

3. Wait, WAIT...I thought it was the CHRISTIANS who were being persecuted??!!!11

...well, fuck me and tell me 'thank ya', Lottie!'

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:36 PM

5. Looks like the place has about 650 units, so this group of 100 is a minority,



Hope they work things out.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:06 PM

6. A particularly cogent and tolerant poster's response to the brouhaha:***

"............ Atheists are the least tolerant of any world view. The reason your atheist group studies religion is to mock it and publicly villify* those of faith. Go to any atheist forum on the internet whether it be Youtube or Craigslist and you will find the most hateful, arrogant and vicious people on the planet................ Your depiction of atheists as this peace loving little group of people who are persecuted by nasty Christians is pure propaganda. The situation is quite the opposite. Atheist live to persecute people of any religion. Atheism is a fascist mindset hell-bent on removing religion from the planet."

*villify: to build a villa for, as in Habitat for Humanity.
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Response to rug (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:15 PM

7. Sure glad I don't live there --I mean with the group that condemned them.

Bigots are bigots, and that sort of bigotry given religion a bad smell.

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Response to Thats my opinion (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:21 PM

8. What a way to spend one's twilight years.

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Response to Thats my opinion (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:30 PM

9. So you're not going to give religion the blame

for what these religious people do? After trying endlessly to give religion credit for every nice thing any religious person has ever done, whether it was motivated by religion or not?

And religion has had the smell of bigotry through most of its existence, Charles, as you well know.

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Response to skepticscott (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:37 PM

10. Of COURSE not! When religion causes good, it gets credit. When it does bad, its somebody else fault

DUH!

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Response to cleanhippie (Reply #10)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 06:07 AM

12. Heck, religion gets credit

when anyone who's been to church in the last year so much as smiles

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Response to Thats my opinion (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 10:39 PM

11. "...but for a good people to do evil things, that takes religion."

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” ― Steven Weinberg

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