• I don’t get it. It is an interfaith program, so people of faith will be represented. Atheism is not a faith. Atheism can’t be represented at an interfaith program because, by definition, it doesn’t work.

    Nothing says that atheists can’t have their own ceremony.

  • westie

    If the use of the word “interfaith” is the problem, the obvious solution is to choose a different word. Perhaps simply call it a “Community Memorial Service” or something like that.

    The problem with assuming that “well, they’re atheists, they wouldn’t want to be here anyway,” is that it ignores the common humanity of all people — believers and non-believers — and their desire to draw together in times of pain and crisis, as well as in times of celebration. Regardless of beliefs, we should be able to cry, laugh, and cheer together and support one another.

    I, for one, would find it completely appropriate to have a piece such as Sagan’s read alongside more traditional religious texts at a memorial. We are all on this journey together.

  • Stacy

    “Nothing says that atheists can’t have their own ceremony.”

    But why divide people in times of tragedy? Everyone – believers and nonbelievers alike – mourn and seek comfort. There should have been a ceremony in Boston where everyone could have felt welcomed.

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  • Robster

    Interfaith is one of those warm and fuzzy words that sounds good but really represents nothing more than similarly deluded people getting together with the hope they’ll somehow feel better by invoking a pretend deity, as it’s “interfaith” all deities were welcome and sadly a lack of faith keeps atheists and the like out of the loop.

  • john

    “Interfaith” is an oxymoron. The Qur’an teaches that belief that Jesus is the Son of God is the unforgivable sin. The Bible teaches that those who do not acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God are antichrists. How can this be reconciled? This event was blasphemous and sacrilegious.

    God does not approve of “interfaith” memorials:

    2 Corinthians 6:14-17
    Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you.”

  • I’m glad we were not allowed at the interfaih ceremony. Atheists and Humanists had no business being there. The President and the other public officials should not have been there either. I agree with Westie a community memorial service, open to all, would have been more appropiate. We should have our own service and demand the president and all the officials that were at the interfaith service attend ours. They did it for the god-worshippers, they can do it for us.