Sweden Opens First Cemetery Free of Religious Symbols to Cater to Atheists

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(CNN) Sweden has opened its first neutral cemetery, free of any religious symbols, to cater to the country’s large number of atheists.

The founder of the site in Borlänge, in central Sweden, said it is open to believers and non-believers alike as long as they don’t have any religious symbols or markings on their headstones.

“The idea came up because I wanted to have a neutral place for people,” said Josef Erdem, a teacher, who got permission for the new burial ground from the Church of Sweden.

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  • Nidalap

    All sorrow, no hope. Nice…

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Who says there’s “all sorrow, no hope?”

      • That’s “Nidalap”, duh. Above the quote you will see the name of the person it is attributed to.

      • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        And what hope do atheists have in death?

        • Ambulance Chaser

          None. So what?

          • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Hence Nidalaps original quote, “All sorrow, no hope”.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            No, it isn’t. I didn’t say we had no hope, just that we didn’t offer any hope in death.

  • Liberal Elitist

    I applaud Sweden’s courageous stand.

    • Mr Cleats

      Of course. Everything leftists do is “courageous.” You give each other medals for breathing.
      Are you really that ignorant, that in a secular nation like Sweden, it’s “courageous” to have a nonreligious cemetery?

      You people are a joke, always dramatizing everything you do – “courageous.”

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    The era of the Lutheran utopia is over. Sad. No Christianity = No children = no meaning in life.

    • Robert

      No we still have our utopia we lutherans. .. He is called Jesus of the bible . He is always the faithful and perfect utopia.. we people we lutherans never have been faithful not a one of us.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Yes, please don’t endorse sexual immorality and abolish the Bible-illiterate female “pastors” if possible. Immorality is incompatible with Christianity forever, and female ordination has caused the sexual confusion and New Age corruption in churches. Stay true to God.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Jesus said: “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” ( John ch.6)

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Something true of all wealthy former Christendom and its servants:

    “For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. …But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; you grew fat, you grew thick, you are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation. They provoked Him to jealousy with foreign gods; with abominations they provoked Him to anger. They sacrificed to demons, not to God, to gods they did not know, to new gods, new arrivals that your fathers did not fear.” ( Deuteronomy ch.32)

  • james blue

    I view my body as only being a vehicle to carry my soul during my time on this earth. When my body dies my soul will sit with my savior and my body will return to and become part of the earth. I care not about a headstone for my body.

  • Gary Whiteman

    The fact is, most “Christian” cemeteries in America are pretty darn secular. I attended a funeral recently, at a rural church cemetery in the Bible Belt, and it was a real eye-opener seeing the tombstones from the past 20 years or so – no crosses, no quotes from the Bible, but rather sports team logos, sports equipment, symbols of the person’s occupation (including a computer and a tractor). I was attending the funeral of a woman who was a devout Christian, but her tombstone shows a barn with a couple of horses (she was an avid rider). Nothing wrong with any of this, of course, it’s a personal choice, but if the people buried in these recent graves had any hope for an afterlife, it certainly isn’t reflected in their monuments.

  • hytre64✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I wonder what the response would be if there was a cemetery that demanded that you had a cross and a scripture quotation on each tombstone?

  • Robert

    Ufff Dah. I would not want to be found dead in that cemetery.thanks but no thanks to that one.

  • Robert

    The confessional Lutheran church of sweden. It’s people would not want to be burried their I would bet. Just for the reasoning of no bible verses or christian symbols allowed. Easy to Google the confessional Lutheran church of sweden