Pastor Proposes National Atheist Registry To Better Track Godless Citizens

Pastor Mike Stahl is the head of an “internet church” called the Church of the Living Water and has drawn national attention due to a proposal he made a year ago: a national registry for atheists. We have seen religious and political leaders in the last year attacking atheists and even comparing them to terrorists. Stahl’s proposed national registry is the natural outgrowth of such demagoguery.

Here is Stahl’s proposal:

Brothers and Sisters , I have been seriously considering forming a ( Christian ) grassroots type of organization to be named “The Christian National Registry of Atheists” or something similar . I mean, think about it. There are already National Registrys for convicted sex offenders, ex-convicts, terrorist cells, hate groups like the KKK, skinheads, radical Islamists, etc..

This type of “National Registry” would merely be for information purposes. To inform the public of KNOWN ( i.e., self-admitted) atheists. For example, let’s say you live in Colorado Springs, Colorado , you could simply scroll down (from the I-Net site /Blog ) I would have , to the State of Colorado , and then when you see “Colorado Springs” , you will see the names of all the self-admitted atheist(s) who live there ( e.g., if an atheist’s name happened to be “Phil Small” ). The individual’s physical address, and other known personal information would NOT be disclosed (though, perhaps a photo could be).

Now , many (especially the atheists ) , may ask “Why do this , what’s the purpose ?” Duhhh , Mr. Atheist , for the same purpose many States put the names and photos of convicted sex offenders and other ex-felons on the I-Net – to INFORM the public! I mean, in the City of Miramar, Florida, where I live, the population is approx. 109,000. My family and I would sure like to know how many of those 109,000 are ADMITTED atheists! Perhaps we may actually know some. In which case we could begin to witness to them and warn them of the dangers of atheism. Or perhaps they are radical atheists, whose hearts are as hard as Pharaoh’s, in that case, if they are business owners, we would encourage all our Christian friends , as well as the various churches and their congregations NOT to patronize them as we would only be “feeding” Satan.

Frankly , I don’t see why anyone would oppose this idea – including the atheists themselves (unless of course, they’re actually ashamed of their atheist religion, and would prefer to stay in the ‘closet.’).

It is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of intolerance. It is particularly interesting to see Stahl talking about hate groups in the midst of an intolerant proposal like a national registry.

Source: Free Thought as first seen on Reddit.

60 thoughts on “Pastor Proposes National Atheist Registry To Better Track Godless Citizens”

  1. Pete-

    Tootie is busy pulling the wings off of flies and sorting them into boxes marked “Godless Liberals” and “Enemies of Tootie”.

  2. Looks to me like the assclown already has the names tattooed on his arms, or are those discolorations caused by the parasites in the Living Water?

    I just added his name to my National Registry of Dimwits and Road Apples.

  3. Well, if it would keep the prosthelytizers from banging on my door I’m all for it!!!

  4. And he could start his list here on this site….you naughty ,naughty bunch of atheists!!! -MetroCowboy

    Metro,

    Appearances are sometimes deceiving… 😉

  5. anon nurse and erykah,
    I think you hit the nail on the head.
    Roco,
    I have to echo OS’s comment that it is nice to be on the same side of the issue with you!

  6. And he could start his list here on this site….you naughty ,naughty bunch of atheists!!!

  7. “Boy, Hitler would be proud. Good grief.” -erykah

    He would, he would…

  8. Does he want to register ALL atheists, including those who SAY they believe in “God” but don’t really (Daniel Dennett’s category of those who believe in belief)? If so, He had better be ready to spend the rest of his life gathering names.

  9. Also, I have more than a thousand dollars worth of books on professional and medical ethics on my bookshelf here in my office. If you look in the index of any of them, you will not find a single reference to religion except in the context of respecting the beliefs of the patient and their families. A courtesy many (perhaps even most) fundamentalists are unwilling to extend to others.

  10. Roco, we have disagreed on some things, but we are certainly on the same page on this issue. I think you have a big heart. Wrong economics, but big heart.

  11. Otteray Scribe:

    If you take God and Jesus out of the bible it can be used in a secular manner as a model for treating people and living your life [ethics].

    Do unto others . . . and love your neighbor as yourself are pretty universal dicta

  12. Roco, I remember hearing someone being interviewed on public radio once who was trying to tell Randi (the illusionist) that since he was an atheist he was unable to have ethics or morals. In other words, according to that fellow, if you did not believe in God, or Jesus (I forgot which brand of fundamentalism he was selling) you were without morals or ethics. Said you have to have a belief in religion in order to understand ethics. Some things just make you go, Hhmmmmmmmm…….

  13. you have got to be kidding.

    “Personally, I would like to cross reference these registries with the list of fundamentalist Christian pastors for obvious (and comedic) reasons.”

    yep, I am sure there are a few skinheads, sex offenders, ex-cons and klu kluxers in that data base.

  14. From a philosophical standpoint, many seem to believe that atheists are immoral or amoral. That a person won’t “do what’s right” unless he believes in God. A stronger version of that is that people won’t “do what’s right” unless they are afraid of eternal damnation.

    But I don’t see the logic of this. In, say, the old Soviet Union, the vast majority of people ( including the atheists among them ) were not robbers, murderers, thieves, or even jay-walkers.

  15. “There are already National Registrys for convicted sex offenders, ex-convicts, terrorist cells, hate groups like the KKK, skinheads, radical Islamists, etc..”

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    Personally, I would like to cross reference these registries with the list of fundamentalist Christian pastors for obvious (and comedic) reasons.

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