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Topic: Forum for Atheists?
Message: Posted by: D3s (Aug 25, 2012 09:59AM)
Just wondering if there would be enough interest for atheists having a forum, much like the Christian Magic forum.
Message: Posted by: Dave V (Aug 25, 2012 11:34AM)
I think they have one because there is a magic organization behind it, the FCM. If there was something like FAM, then it could be a valid request.
Message: Posted by: D3s (Aug 25, 2012 11:52AM)
I have a FAM. Two girls and a wife. lol!
Message: Posted by: DWRackley (Aug 25, 2012 05:57PM)
That’s not a forum for Christians, it’s a forum for the FCM; there’s a difference. A lot of Christian performers are not members of the FCM, and therefore not active in that forum.

If there was a point (or an organization), sure, why not? It’d be interesting to see if they had anything useful beyond what the IBM and SAM already delivers.

In previous discussions (they happen frequently in Penny) we’ve been informed that “atheism is not a religion”, it is not even a “belief in nothing”, but rather an “absence of belief”. I wonder what common element (ergo what purpose) would such a group have to share? (beyond, potentially, a collective disdain for another group?)
Message: Posted by: Atom3339 (Aug 25, 2012 07:58PM)
It's not like there isn't a forum for Atheists here. None of them are shy about letting us know they're Atheists!
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Aug 25, 2012 08:24PM)
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On 2012-08-25 10:59, D3s wrote:
Just wondering if there would be enough interest for atheists having a forum, much like the Christian Magic forum.
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To what purpose?

You don't have to believe in Elmer to enjoy peanut butter.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Aug 25, 2012 08:32PM)
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On 2012-08-25 18:57, DWRackley wrote:

In previous discussions (they happen frequently in Penny) we’ve been informed that “atheism is not a religion”, it is not even a “belief in nothing”, but rather an “absence of belief”. I wonder what common element (ergo what purpose) would such a group have to share? (beyond, potentially, a collective disdain for another group?)
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They could discuss ways to further attempt to co-opt the agnostics.
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Aug 25, 2012 10:13PM)
I am all for spreading the word. No great purpose to be gained, but it is always good to keep the message in front of people.
Message: Posted by: Dai Hard (Aug 25, 2012 10:47PM)
I think its poor entertainment to use magic as an opportunity to prosthelytize either for or against religion, unless you're already "preaching to the choir" so to speak. Same with politics. If a magician came to my table in a restaurant and started doing Christian magic without knowing my religion (or lack thereof) I would thank him after the first trick and politely ask him to move on. Same with an atheist. If I want your religious views I'll let you know.
Message: Posted by: Ed_Millis (Aug 25, 2012 11:16PM)
It seems like most people who ask "why a Christian forum" or "why not a Muslim/Hindu/athiest forum" are simply reacting to the word "Christian" in the forum title. They are usually unaware that there is an organization with a world-wide membership called "The Fellowship of Christian Magicians", and that is the forum for that organization's members. The FCM forum in that sense is on the same level as the IBM and SAM forums.

And the Good News forum directly underneath is for the contingent that specializes in doing magic in and/or for churches, often for children or as an alternative church service. It's the same as the forums for children's magic, rope magic, mentalism, and others.

The two forums are meant only to serve a specific group of magicians, and were never intended to be an "in your face" promotion of one school of religious thought over another.

Ed
Message: Posted by: Atom3339 (Aug 26, 2012 12:22AM)
^ All the above? True.