Hello, everyone. I am a 17 year old high school Junior living in the Bible belt of the south. I was raised home schooled in a household where I was not indoctrinated with any religion whatsoever. My parents simply allowed me to figure things out for myself. The result? I am an atheist, a virulent anti-theist, and a liberal to boot. Given these labels, I am often ideologically at odds with most of my peers, and I can feel quite lonely in my world view.
Though, I try my best to like people and hate the religion that has festered in their mind and closed them off to the true majestic beauty of the universe. I'm never quite sure, though, if it really is the religion that is the root cause of all of this stupidity I see on a daily basis, or if most people are simply inherently fucking idiotic and the religion simply supplements that ingrained trait.
Either way, I fight against it whenever I feel a speck of hope in me for humanity. Most of the time, I don't, so I don't even bother.
I came to this site because I'd like to discuss religious matters with my fellow non-theists. Plus, it helps me feel less alone.
Hey! I'm in Boaz, Alabama and I know exactly what you're talking about. Welcome. I have a twenty year old son that is atheist, too. We went to his girlfriend's graduation last year, and it was like church. Everybody that got to the mic started praying and preaching, students included. UGH. I've posted a bunch of stories about stuff like that, and events at work. check em out.
It's a lot to put up with religious people here in the south, but try not to let it make you crazy! So glad you found us. This site has been keeping me sane lately.