Non-believing evangelicals push their faith: ‘Relax, hell does not exist … ‘

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Atheists in San Diego, Calif. are trying a new approach to recruiting non-believers by offering food, such as pretzels and cheezits, and putting up large banners that read “Relax: hell does not exist, or heaven either, enjoy your life.” …

Atheist megachurches? British comedians and co-founders of the Sunday Assembly, Sanderson Jones, right, and Pippa Evans sing a song Sunday, Nov. 10, in Los Angeles.

British comedians and co-founders of the Sunday Assembly, Sanderson Jones, right, and Pippa Evans sing a song Sunday, Nov. 10, in Los Angeles.

“We like to have a gathering place for our members, people that want to chat, get to know each other, they can come do that on any Saturday,” Debbie Allen, one of the organizers for the atheist group, told local KPBS-TV. … Additionally, Jim Eliason, another organizer for the group, told the local media outlet that their group is not afraid of being aggressive in their beliefs.

“We’re constantly fighting to get religion out of our schools, constantly fighting to get the teaching of creationism out of our schools,” he said. “So if we can de-convert people away from these religious ideas that keep them stuck in this dogma that forces them to believe these things, that’s a moment of pure joy for us.”

Small atheist groups have also been popping up around the country in the form of atheist churches, or Sunday Assemblies where atheists gather to discuss all things non-religious. One such gathering recently arrived in San Diego, and it has been dubbed by some as an “atheist megachurch” because the services include singing, reflection, and fellowship for non-believers.

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