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Published: Sunday, Oct. 27 2013 10:05 p.m. MDT

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Bob A. Bohey
Marlborough, MA

For me this atheist group is no different than any other religion.

Kaysville, UT

Would the atheists do this in Mecca? Would they survive if they did?

The Solution
Dayton, OH

The fact that the population in Utah today is only around 50% shows how friendly the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is. There once was a time when the "Mormon" population was nearly 100%.


I agree fully that there is an air of intimidation in the state, consisting of groupthink and ostracism. Calling oneself the "one, true religion" is actually a form of imposition and intimidation. The Deseret News is playing editorial defense for the Mormon church without fully airing other opinions--this is just the type of behavior the group of atheists is speaking against.

Salt Lake City, UT

Hmmm. To know for a certainty that there is no God anywhere extant in the vastness of our universe--no omniscient, omnipresent being--would take, well, an omniscient, omnipresent being.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

Even atheism is a community of faith because they must believe that there is no God. The existence of God cannot be proven or dis proven. God can prove that He exists to each one of us individually; however, those who say that seeing is believing will be disappointed.

Believing is also seeing.

I find it odd that non religious people feel that religion must be driven from the public square. Religion is a belief system that involves a deity. Atheism is also a belief system but it lacks any supreme being. If religion is driven from the public square, then is most certainly will be replaced by their belief system.

I have had many atheists tell me that I don't believe in evolution only because I believe in God. In fact, if scientists were to produce irrefutable evidence that evolution was responsible for life then I could simply say; "So that's how God did it!"

Atheists are the ones that must believe in evolution because the alternative is unacceptable to them.

As one German scientists stated: "I choose not to believe in God so I choose to believe in the impossible."

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Welcome to SLC! Please come, spend your money, help the economy! When you're done, come on back next year and spend more.

John Galt
Salt Lake City, UT

Calling oneself the "one, true religion"...

Oh. You mean like those darn catholics. And muslims. And...

Sandy, UT

Well, so much for the tolerance of those who accuse others of intolerance.

Salt Lake City, UT

Anti-UnAmerican: "As Complex has human beings, all animals for that matter are, How can anyone in good conscious (sic) say there is not a higher power at work is beyond me."

Easy. No credible evidence.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

For hundreds of years (at least since religious people stopped killing them) atheists & agnostics paid little lip service to their non-belief – they simply got on with their lives.

The rise of outspoken atheism has more to do with the rise of the Religious Right than anything else – simply one more demonstration of how Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion applies to more than just inanimate physical objects.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I know that my beliefs in the spirit of things or it's a you matter thing is comprehensible to some people but it's logical to me. Life after life logical to me. Red headed Stranger I like those values.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

The believers protest too much, methinks.

Salt Lake City, UT

My guess all the kindness in the world from believers would only be met with the angst and bitterness that probably makes one an atheist to begin with.

I hope they enjoy their weekend here, eat some good food, enjoy each other's company and maybe demonstrate to the people of Utah the same tolerance they think they believe in.

Harvest, AL

I applaud Salt Lake City for agreeing to hold such an event. I wonder if this conference is meant to be in the face of the LDS Church or is this organization going to hold conferences elsewhere too? If the latter... I would love to see how they fair in the Southern Baptist Bible Belt. When it comes to religious intolerance the state of Alabama is at the top.

West Bountiful, UT

To those who attend this conference: Welcome. Enjoy your stay. Spend your money (thank you again). Please clean up after yourself (leave no trace). Goodbye. You all come back soon, ya hear!


I agree that Atheism is a form of religion. They are here to recruit the 16 percent of Utahns that have no religious affiliation. It's their missionary work.

They demand respect but I don't see them respecting the LDS church, or at least the Macato fellow. To come here and have fun at the Mormons expense, I don't understand that at all, but whatevers clever.

West Bountiful, UT

@ fcretdennis: I believe you mean to say you could NOT care less. Most of us could NOT care less.

layton, UT

RE: Red Headed Stranger, As for "pushing" Mormon values? As a multi decade member of the LDS church, I can say that I know what its values are.

Mormons seem to be ideal Americans, they also provoke typically American fears. While Mormons embody the economic and moral success endorsed by the American Dream, they also subscribe to beliefs that, to many, seem peculiar — even bizarre. Mormon beliefs, understandings of history, and practices such as Temple rituals or a legacy of polygamy, not to mention their preference to keep some practices out of the public eye, all provoke unease and distrust. How can these people, so like many other Americans, be so different?

Burke, VA

I was enjoying the commentary on this letter until I read dbrbmw’s statement "And when their convention is over they go back to work at the ACLU."

Obviously the assertion her is that all ACLU members are atheists. It is really too bad that folks want to make such statements without checking facts. It only takes a few clicks on the internet to find evidence to refute that assertion. Consider the case of David Haws. In 2007 the Justice Department joined the American Civil Liberties Union in backing Haws who lost his state-funded merit-based scholarship because he left college to serve a two-year LDA Church mission. DOJ’s Civil Rights Division filed a friend-of-the-court brief in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

I could easily cite other similar cases of similar action. And yes, the ACLU has sometimes fought against churches that have violated the civil liberties of others. That’s their job. Let’s stop making uninformed statements about people who are actually helping us all.

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