Call to allow atheists to have own 'church'
Atheists could get their own church in the Westcountry.
A branch of the Humanist Association in Plymouth says the "provocative" Sunday gatherings would help non-believers build their own sense of community.
The atheist church would have a congregation, singing and people talking about their beliefs – everything but religion. The move follows the creation of the Sunday Assembly, set up in a de-consecrated church in London earlier this year.
"Some religious people might feel threatened by this," said Ben Kerr, chair of Plymouth Humanists.
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"It is provocative, but that is not the intention. Some atheists might think it is crazy, too.
"But groups of people getting together to sing songs and listen to other people talk – that has been around a lot longer than modern religion."
He added: "Sundays are family days, a time to get together. That's in our culture."
Comedian Sanderson Jones, a co-founder of the Sunday Assembly, will be in Plymouth today to talk about the project.
The meeting with Mr Jones is in Henry J's bar, Mayflower Street at 7.30pm.