I read a quite a few of the posts and am curious as to what kind of people are here and what kind of discussions can be created. I have a lot of questions and things I find crazy that I would love to discuss with some intelligent people...
Personally I range between a disinterest (in religion) atheist to a strongly anti religious individual depending on my mood and circumstances and how many beers I have had :).
I can see the positive side of religion though; I live in Utah and would note that it is one of the safest and low crime areas and am constantly amazed at how well the kids are looked after, due mainly to the LDS influence.
Why can't the kind of effort put into bringing up children (as the LDS do) be a solid and actualized value system without religious influence?
I am also amazed at the degree to which the U.S. is generally religious, much much more so than England (my native country) and Australia (where I have spent a fair bit of time). A younger acquaintance of mine (based in Cincinnati) observed that one of the problems she has is that most Americans social lives seem to revolve around the Church. Are Americans particularly gullible for some reason? A lot of the Showbiz preachers are particularly successful here? What gives?
Atheism is to me kinda a non-statement in that it's like saying I'm an aGolfer if I don't play golf. Which would make me an an aSquash Player, an aJogger, well I guess the list could be endless if not very interesting. Now if people were to say that they are actually Anti-Religious (against Religious beliefs) then that's a statement... Anyone here Anti-Religious? Or am I missing the point, does the 'a' in 'atheist' really stand for Anti?