Oregonian columnist, Margie Boulé, recently wrote about Billie Sieg, an 80-year-old resident of Brookings, OR, who tried to join her local Elks club. Sieg had attended several social events with her friends who are members, and wanted to join in order to mingle with her peers in a non-tavern setting.
The Elks club is a private organization that requires its members to believe in God but during her interview, she didn't want to lie, so when asked, Sieg said no, she didn't believe in God. Within days, she received a rejection letter from the Elks who not only barred her from joining, but also denied her access to any social function as a guest, even though she had already attended several functions in the past.
OK, first of all: Ass Holes. Second of all: fine, keep the atheists out of your membership--but to not even allow an atheist as a GUEST? That's not very Christian charitable of you, Elks club. I guess it's just too threatening to allow other thought processes that might pollute your perfect eco-system of supernatural worshippers. I'm experiencing steam coming out of my ears, like a cartoon character; an atheist cartoon character. I'm guessing Bugs Bunny is an atheist. Possibly Daffy Duck as well.
Who else swims in the atheist pool? Anyone of note out there?
Ricky Gervais, creator and star of the original The Office; and Extras explains his argument with God in BestLife magazine.
Julia Sweeney, former SNL cast member, has mass-produced her one-woman show, Letting Go of God, into a CD, a film and DVD, book and blog. Good career move.
I'm taking a lucky guess and saying George Carlin is an atheist. Yup, he is.
Who else among us sees God as an illusion and cannot attend a buffet luncheon at the Elks club in Brookings, OR?
Penn & Teller
Harvey Fierstein (I knew it!)
Jodie Foster (I knew it!)
Christopher Hitchens (duh)
Angelina Jolie (interesting)
Barry Manilow (I love him)
Ron Reagan Jr.
Keanu Reeves (surprising)
Howard Stern (not surprising)
Eddie Vedder (Eddie!)
And who in the past would have been banned from attending a dinner dance within the sacred Elks club of Brookings, OR?
Charles Darwin (duh)
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
George Bernard Shaw
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Susan B. Anthony
Vincent Van Gogh
Robert Frost once said, "It's God--I'd have known Him by Blake's picture anywhere." (might be a good answer if you're ever trying to ace an Elks club interview).
Sources: The Last Bias: Elks lodge bans a woman because she's an atheist
Celebrity Atheist List