"Darwin Bedford: 'I am a deity'" (Canada) by Darwin Bedford (+Darwin Bedford
This man is serious about becoming a deity ... for atheists. His developments in this endeavor should be interesting to keep up with.
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From the attached article...
=== Atheist institutions could be deemed religious ===
Atheism by definition is merely a classification; “absence of belief in supernatural deities”, however atheist organizations could be defined as religious organizations. Atheists are free to congregate, organize, define doctrine, and claim to have spiritual leaders. By definition, atheism is not a religion, but, nothing is stopping atheist organizations or institutions from being religious in nature. Atheists believe that there are no supernatural deities, and thus many people already hold that atheism is a religion with a doctrine of spreading that message (the message that there are no supernatural deities) to others. With that I mind I am offering myself as a deity of that religion. Due to the tremendous tax savings involved I think the atheist community should play along with this notion and have deities or godheads as well. Then the same accommodations within the law would have to be made for atheist organizations claiming to have deities or godheads as are made for religious organizations.
=== Atheist Doctrine ===
An atheist group claiming to be a religious organization could have a doctrine such as the following.
1) There are no supernatural deities, so live your life accordingly.
2) Thou shalt question and doubt all supernatural claims, especially those involving supernatural deities.
3) Thou shalt utilize reason, logic, and knowledge gained through scrutinized evidence to guide one’s life—all the while absent of faith in any supernatural deities.
4) And, of course, along with every other religious doctrine: one should do unto others as you would them do unto you. After all, if you were told untruths as a child you would prefer to be enlightened with the truth. So therefore, go forth and confront those that believe in supernatural deities so that they may live their life in knowing the truth.
Maintaining a doctrine is an essential element of a religious body and is necessary for atheist groups claiming “religious organization” status.
=== I hereby proclaim that I am a deity for atheists ===
Having being an active anti-theist all my life and the Atheist Messiah since 1999, I hereby proclaim that I am a deity and offer myself for recognition as such for atheist groups. With this as a tool, atheist groups may apply for their headquarters and branches to become tax-exempt, not-for-profit, charities in their country.
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