I have been an atheist my entire life, raised by atheists. A natural atheist if you will.
I actually went though an embarrassing long period of my adult life believing that most adults knew that there were no gods, that it was a pleasant fiction we all kept up to reduce children's night terrors, kind of like Santa Claus for death. Of course, I came to realize it fulfills that function for way too many adults.
That there are no gods is an established fact, just like the fact that the sun will rise tomorrow. There is no reason to belabor the point.
I have no interest in converting believers or joining the endless circular discussions concerning their beliefs. I hope this site will provide some interesting discussions without me having to explain my lack of belief every second post.
I am permanently disabled and no longer work. I have lots of time to kill. I am interested in science, economics, health care, politics and their intersections. I am interested in why people maintain their delusions in the face of facts, not just concerning religion.
My conservative friends consider me to be a liberal and my liberal friends consider me to be a conservative. I consistently voted for every President since Nixon when he won his first term and just as consistently voted against them when they ran for their second term; yes, even W., to my everlasting regret.
I don't believe we suffer from underhanded politicians who do not represent us. Rather we suffer from politicians who represent us all too well, with all of our irrational biases and constant expectations of getting something for nothing.
My disability includes the inability to touch type, slowing my response time. I hope you can make some small allowance for this and excuse me when I slow the discussion.