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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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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