Press Release: Atheist Leaders Host Mormon Exodus

Members to Deliver Resignation Letters During Church's General Conference

Salt Lake City, UT—On Sunday, April 6, Atheists of Utah and the national nonprofit American Atheists will co-host a Salt Lake City event during which Mormons intending to leave the Latter-Day Saints Church are invited to hand-deliver their resignation letters en masse. The event coincides with the semi-annual Mormon 2014 General Conference.

 

Featured guest David Silverman, President of American Atheists, will deliver a speech to the newly resigned attendees at City Creek Park following a march around Temple Square.

 

“This is about supporting our members and others who want to leave the church but are afraid to do so,” said Dan Ellis, President of Atheists of Utah. “The goal of the event and the march around Temple Square is to let others know that there are plenty of people leaving the LDS Church, and that many of those former members are also atheists who are leading happy and fulfilling lives without religion.”

 

The local group, Atheists of Utah, independently hosted a similar event in 2012, which drew about 100 participants. The mass resignation on Sunday, with support from American Atheists at the national level, is expected to be even larger. Any ex-Mormon, atheist, or Mormon considering resignation is invited to attend and show support for those turning in their resignation letters, and any Mormon ready to resign is invited to do so. Information about preparing a letter of resignation is available on http://www.MormonResignation.com.

 

“It can be a pretty rough deal for a lot of people who have a lot of familial or business ties with current members.  Being viewed as an apostate here, where your whole life can be enveloped by the LDS Church, can be a frightening proposition,” said Ellis. “I personally know at least six people who still go to church every Sunday and even hold official church callings who are non-believers, but fear [to] let other people know about it.”

 

“Showing these ‘church pew atheists’ that it’s okay, and indeed wonderful, to be honest about who they are and what they believe is why we are bringing our 2014 National Convention to Salt Lake City,” said Silverman. “The pressure from the Mormon church to stay silent about doubt is fundamentally immoral—it is bad for the members and for society at large, benefiting only the church and its hierarchy. That is why we’re organizing this mass resignation. We are saying to closeted atheists, ‘Utah is home to over a million atheists who live their lives without worrying about shunning or other types of discrimination.  If you know you’re not a Mormon, be truthful and say so, resign, and come to our convention the weekend of the 17th. Freedom of thought and expression is a great reason to celebrate.”

 

The American Atheists 40th National Convention will take place Easter weekend in Salt Lake City. The convention will feature such speakers such as former NFL punter Chris Kluwe, Survivor®: Philippines winner Denise Stapley, Grammy-nominated Spin Doctors bass player Mark White, Academy Award-nominated director of The Simpsons Movie and Monsters, Inc David A. Silverman, NASA and SETI-renowned astrobiologist Dr. David Morrison, Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Maryam Namazie of the Council of Ex-Muslims, popular bloggers PZ Myers and Greta Christina, and American Atheists President David Silverman. The convention will also feature a costume dinner, live music, stand-up comedy, an art show and silent auction, national and local exhibitors, and childcare options for attending families. The convention takes place the weekend of April 17-20, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

2014 National Convention Promo Video:

Schedule of Events:

11:00 – 11:30am: Gather at City Creek Park, Salt Lake City, Utah

11:30 – 11:45am: Atheists of Utah President Dan Ellis—Welcome Speech

11:45 – 12:30pm: March around Temple Square, hand-deliver resignation letters

12:30 – 1:00pm: American Atheists President David Silverman—Closing Speech

1:30 – 3:30pm: Meet for brunch at CAFE 540

 

Facebook event for Mass Resignation: http://tinyurl.com/mass-resignation-2014

Includes information about preparing a resignation letter and resources for transitioning away from the LDS church

Facebook page for Cafe 540: http://www.facebook.com/cafe540slc

 

Google Map including location of City Creek Park & the route of the march: http://goo.gl/LlMnzJ

 

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that defends civil rights for atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of religion and government; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy. American Atheists was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

For More Information Contact:

Dave Muscato, Public Relations Director 908-276-7300 x7, [email protected]

American Atheists, Inc.

P.O. Box 158

Cranford, NJ 07016

Tel: (908) 276-7300

Fax: (908) 276-7402

 

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  • Cthulhu21

    Heh :), I like the video at the bottom, especially at the end there.

    • nobody important

      I wonder if my exposing rargos’s actual real-life identity has caused him to rethink his addiction to trolling this site.

      • Cthulhu21

        Who knows, I sure don’t. By the way, when did you do that? Was in a previous comment section?

        • nobody important

          Yes, I don’t recall what article it was specifically, but after he had changed his name a few times, I could still identify Raphael Argos of Raleigh North Carolina simply what the garbage he typed here. Kind of like how somebody with a pronounced and unique limp is easily identifiable even from a distance, so to is Raphael Argos easily identified by his predictable bullshit. You remember rargos don’t you? Dude was a total self-important hypocritical catholic douche with nothing better to do than constantly troll this site.

          • Cthulhu21

            Yeah, I know who you were talking about. I’ve argued with him myself a few times before.

      • Austin the Arsonist Guthridge

        Raphael Argos is the name of a character from the Buck Rogers TV series.

        On the other hand, Austin Guthridge is the real name of a convicted arsonist who keeps posting here under different names. Here’s his criminal record and a picture.

        http://docapp065p.doc.state.ok.us/servlet/page?_pageid=394&_dad=portal30&_schema=PORTAL30&doc_num=522907&offender_book_id=309177&imageindex=6

        He’s also a self-confessed racist — (“I’m pretty racist. Not like redneck KKK racist, but I believe that history speaks for itself.”). I can provide copies of his Our Old Space page which he deleted (along with his Facebook account) after links were posted here.

        As for trolling, here’s another one of Austin Guthridge’s quotes : “I love trolling the forums”

        • nobody important

          So the prodigal son returns. Welcome back friend.

      • Austin the Arsonist Guthridge

        Yes, Austin Guthridge is indeed nobody important

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