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The First Free Church of Atheism [1]

From the Desk of Pastor Curtis L. Clark

Ordained: Universal Ministries; April 21, 2009

 


April 21, 2009

Re: Free Church Status


To Whom It May Concern:


A “free church” is here defined as “one that is intrinsically separate from government rules, regulations, oversight, etc. as may regard the First Amendment, but does not exempt its members or congregants from the rule of civil law.”


"Intrinsically separate from government” means that a free church does not allow governments to define its church policy. That policy as regards the First Free Church of Atheism is that it need not operate under the the designation of a 501(c)3. The laws of the State of Michigan make clear that if the Church becomes [quote] "a domestic corporation of Michigan, a 501c3 in Michigan" [unquote], the Church needs to charter itself under the Land Management Acts. However, the First Free Church of Atheism is a wholly-owned entity of  the Free Assemblage of Metaphysical Naturalists LLC. Elsewhere in Michigan law an LLC is defined as a "domestic corporation." The First Free Church of Atheism accepts the explanation given above, as found under "General Marriage Laws; Michigan; 551.1--551.17 including "Additional Information"; to wit, that a church when defined as a domestic corporation means a 501(c)3 entity.

"Intrinsically separate from government” means that a free church does not allow governments to define its theology or lack thereof, neither seeks nor receives government endorsement or funding for its mission, rejects from principle any such endorsement or funding from government, and is thus endowed with the liberty to act within the confines of the First, the Ninth, and the Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, given that the congregation is but made of sovereign citizens itself who reside in sovereign but united States; and also that the governments of the States within which the Church may exist, and the Federal government, are bound by those same Amendments as they apply in law and in precedent on the side of an Originalist reading of the Constitution as regards those bodies of government, or the Church. The right to an Originalist reading of the Constitution is nowhere waived by this LLC.

 The term "church" is nomen collectivum; it comprehends the chancel, aisles, and body of the church. [Ham. N.P. 204][2] To the extent that such things exist among the property of the First Free Church of Atheism, that property belongs to the Free Assemblage of Metaphysical Naturalists LLC. [1] The term "church" also includes the members of the congregation, because a congregation does not require chancel, aisles, nor a building of any type in order for the church, as a body of sovereing individuals, to "congregate." A church thus defined as its congregants may "congregate" under a tree, on the internet, by phone, or by any other means that puts them in contact with other congregants for the purpose of church business, or for spiritual purposes.

Any and all material written by a member of the LLC or spoken in the context of the Church by a member of the LLC are hereby considered copyrighted (©) as property of the LLC. Any and all material published in physical form,virtual form, or any form, by the Church is hereby considered copyrighted (©) as property of the LLC, except where such material shall already be under the copyright of another entity, or be assigned by the Church to the copyright of another entity, or be understood to be under the copyright of another entity, or when it is within the public domain.

The First Free Church of Atheism understands that as it is endowed with the liberty to act within the applications of the First, Ninth, and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America considering that the owner(s) of the LLC is/are sovereign citizen(s), the right to speak about and to publish politically oriented ideas shall be within the purview and the power of any member of the Church.

"Member of the Church” for the purposes of this doctrine shall be defined as “any person who congregates within the First Free Church of Atheism as defined by nomen collectivum, and who has the desire to follow the tenets of the Church, while the Church is conducting any function, or who has his or her own original written material published in any form by the Church.

 [1] First Free Church of Atheism is a SM of the Free Assemblage of Metaphysical Naturalists LLC

[2] A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856. 

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