Hi... I have a potentially contentious question/suggestion right off the bat...

(Feel free to look at my Profile for a bit about me and I'm an open book if ya wanna ask more.) That said, the reason I found you guys was a recent post on a United Church of Canada site called Wondercafe.ca. This post noted your (my?) Nexus home page proudly announcing your exclusionary practice: "As many of you know, we work hard to keep spammers and theists off of Atheist Nexus". The only reason I found was that plenty of other sites debated theism (or sumptin' similar). The post at WonderCafe (WC - lol) ended thusly:

"Isn't it interesting, that here at WC we welcome the participation of atheists in a reasonably well behaved and open discussion, while the largest atheist networking site obviously does not. So who is more open-minded?"

The idea of exclusion came up with obc before and my comment (I can likely find it) was something along the lines that wouldn't this make us like the worst of theists and that it painfully reminded me of:

“All three of our major religions in Britain -- Christianity, Islam and Judaism -- have a hateful idea at the very core. That idea is Exclusion: the "othering," if you like, of the unredeemed.” -- Matthew Parris

So while this is my first post, I'd like to suggest that you remove this restriction and if the real issue relates to talking religion, conversion or similar, that you make *that* the reason for banning. I'd also be interested in a more logical reason for banning ASAP, unless I get banned RFN. Thanks in advance. Brett (BrettA on pretty well any forum.)

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You keep me honest. I agree that's it's nice to give people the opportunity to change their mind - in fact critical.
I read the Wonder Cafe site where A/N is being discussed. One person has mentioned it's a social networking site and that plenty of other sites are not exclusionary.
Brett is extremely more polite there than here.
interesting.
Personally, if someone says to me "Don't get angry, but..." I'm inclined to stop them in their tracks, because I know their intent is either to make me angry, or that they are "sharing" information that really ought not be coming from them.

I was taught a saying as a child: "Everything before the 'but' is bullshit."

It does make me check myself big time before uttering a phrase like, "I don't mean to blah, blah, blah, but ..."
How true. "Everything before the 'but' is bullshit."
This is an oasis in the midst of a theocratic desert. I'd personally like it to stay that way.
A member of WonderCafe responded to the initial statement about A|N being closed minded with the following:

Reading from the same page you did, it's a self-described "community of non-theists". There are plenty of atheist-run places to discuss and debate religion. This is apparently not one of them. There are also places where atheists are not welcome. Comparing the lengths of those two lists would be interesting.

Perhaps Brett, you would be better off posting a question about inclusion/exclusion on WC for discussion rather than barging in like an ape throwing your shit around. you didn't get ANY support by members there. Try beating your drum, taking a poll, digging into the question and listening to people while expressing your view.

From your posts on WC you seem to enjoy talking about the bible and religion with theists so your are likely in the right place there. If you would like to experience discussions with non-theists stick around ya stupid ape...
I just read that page. I didn't want theists here before and I really do not want them here now. I don't want to come here if crap like that is going to be served up daily. I don't care if the bible says I'm a fool and whether the bible was slightly mistranslated. I don't want to talk to people who are standing around, doe-eyed, waiting to die. I want to talk to people who are living in this world and trying to make this world a better place. There should be more Jones Town cults so they can fu(#off to more quickly and leave me alone.
Many people get enough debate and proselytizing at home and work. It feels good to come home and have a place where you are guaranteed a break from it. There are SO many places where the atheist/theist debate is open, why should this place be too?
Y'know, I enjoy debating theists. I do it on many sites.
It's fun to tear their logic apart sometimes, and there are many sites where we can debate like that.

This site is specifically for atheists to meet and converse with other atheists, and I have no problem with that....if I want to debate, then I'll go to one of the other (and there are many) sites to debate theists.

I like this one being a closed community....it's the only one
Hey Brett -- check this out, right here on A/N (Banned from Rapture Ready) http://atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/just-banned-from-rapture-ready.

That post by Doug made me think of you.

Just letting you know you're in my thoughts and continuing to wish you god speed in your battles with the deceivers er, believers.

Peace be with you.
So often an atheist discussion board will become filled with theological arguments that it becomes of little use to atheists. I would hope that somewhere, sometime, there could be a forum where atheists are there to help atheists overcome religious hangups, without having religious people there to moralize against actual freethought ideas.

So many of our societal norms are based on religious ideas, it is unusual to have a discussion based on ideas free from religious tradition, even if it may not be based on dogma, doctrine or creed. That is what I would hope to gain from having a "nontheist only" type of discussion forum.
It seems like 90% of discussions elsewhere have theistic participants who try to impose their own agenda on others. It's time for atheists to start directing their own agenda among themselves, because we know from past experience that including theists will fill our time with religious debate.
I agree with the book club analogy. People start clubs with specific guidelines for joining all the time as a way to connect with people who have similar interests, ideas, etc. I love that there is a place on the internet just for nontheists, where we are safe from proselytizing, and, if we so wish, don't even have to discuss religion at all.

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