Atheists march around Mormon Temple Square in Utah

Jared Bowden carries a sign as he marches with Utah atheists and former Mormons as they march around the Salt Lake Temple Square during the Mormon church general conference, Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected in Salt Lake City this weekend for the church's biannual general conference. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give carefully crafted speeches aimed at providing members with guidance and inspiration in five sessions that span Saturday and Sunday. They also make announcements about church statistics, new temples or initiatives. In addition to those filling up the 21,000-seat conference center during the sessions, thousands more listen or watch around the world in 95 languages on television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 75 atheists, most of them former Mormons, marched Sunday around Temple Square in Salt Lake City during the faith’s general conference.

Many mailed resignations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the end of the walk that was dubbed “the Mormon exodus and mass resignation event” by Atheists of Utah president Dan Ellis.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the peaceful march took them through some 100 Mormon faithful singing “How Great Thou Art,” a hymn praising God.

Afterward, the demonstrators gathered at a nearby park to hear American Atheists president David Silverman tell them they’re “making it easier on closeted atheists who are afraid” to leave the Mormon church.

American Atheists will hold it national convention in Salt Lake City from April 17-20.

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