If you're in Australia this weekend, and you think you hear the sweet strains of Gospel music, sung by a church choir, stop a minute and listen carefully. It might not be what you think. There's a new sort of revival going on. The BBC reports:
More than 2,000 atheists from around the world are gathering in Melbourne, Australia, to celebrate their lack of religious belief.
It isn't often that you get together with friends to celebrate what you lack. But the Global Atheist Convention isn't just any gathering. These aren't just run-of-the-mill atheists; these are devout atheists, filled with a lack of spirit.
They won't sing hymns of praise, and they won't hear inspirational messages. Oh, there are so many lacks to celebrate! The participants will be reminded of the dangers of a "fundamentalist" approach to atheism (don't ask me), and reminded that they must not show "missionary zeal" in their desire to share what they lack with others.
Sounds like a hell of a party. I'm sorry I'll miss it. But I'll be sure to celebrate my lack of participation.
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