Just wanted to introduce myself, as that seems the right thing to do for someone who just joined A/N. (No, my name isn't really Nick Bottom, but I can be an ass when it comes to religion, hence my screen name . . . bonus points for you if you get the reference without doing a Google search.) I've been atheist since I was in high school, not long after my dad made me go to Bible study classes when I would rather have been hanging out with my friends and playing basketball. I sucked at basketball, but learning the Bible sucked even more. I "came out" fully as an atheist when I was married, and that caused my ex-wife to have a serious mental breakdown, which was the most unpleasant thing I have ever witnessed. And all the while, people were telling me I was the one who needed to see a shrink because I didn't believe in Christianity.
So here I am today, looking forward to some discussions with fellow realists, atheists, or whatever you call yourself. I have a grand total of zero friends who are openly atheist, and I rarely tell people I am atheist—even in California, saying that can turn people off. Even my girlfriend (who is Christian) won't use the term "atheist" and prefers to avoid the subject altogether. :-(
Thanks, Deidre. As for having no atheist friends (in person, that is), it's not exactly a topic of conversation in my social circles, which consist mainly of endurance athletes. All they ever talk about is cycling, running, and food. Sunday mornings are for long runs and bike rides, not church.
Welcome. I hear you in a lot of this. People think that if you are atheist you are eating babies or something. My wife and I are separated. It may lead to divorce, but while we lived together I would sometimes get her to say she sometimes wondered if there really was a god. She's deeply theist but I caused her to think and also to laugh. I never did openly come out atheist to her though. That doesn't fly with everybody but it's perfectly OK around here on A/N.
Sorry to hear about your wife. It was really hard for me to go through my divorce, but in the end we were both better off for it (at least I was). People can claim to be open-minded about religious beliefs or one's lack of them, but when it comes to finding a life partner, that's a different matter entirely.
Actually, I am openly atheist. I just don't talk about it much unless I am pressed because it makes a lot of people uncomfortable. When I am pressed by overeager Christians who want to "save" me from doom, I can get downright testy. ;-)
Greets, Nick, and welcome to Atheist Nexus! [A bit of Bill the Bard bearing on "Bottom"?!?] I suspect you'll have a good time here, as we're all atheists to one degree or another, and if you need help finding your way around, please don't hesitate to give a shout.
Very good, Loren! I'm glad someone caught the connection to Shakespeare.
Welcome Nick! I'm glad you found us! AN is the BEST Atheist site to be. The people here are great, and so many smart ones! Join groups, and join in! ~ Mindy
Hi Nick... Just wanted to welcome you to A/N...If you like to debate, chat, or write blogs,this is the place to be......You will never be bored and you will meet people from all over the world with diverse opinions and views....So buckle up and enjoy the ride.... :=D
Welcome Nick. Glad you found this little island of sanity in an otherwise bat shit insane world of theists who want to kill each other over which invisible friend has the biggest dick. Yeah, I tend to be a little outspoken. Glad you found us, and welcome to the rational crowd, which certainly includes everyone here who welcome you. You're in good company!
Greetings, Nick, from a fellow newbie. :) That's a mighty handsome pup there--what breed is he/she? *quietly curses appallingly bad eyesight*