I've only been here a few days.
Not long, granted; but enough time that I've gotten a pretty fair handle on what the the place and the Folks here are about.
It's immediately clear that I am at opposite ends of the political spectrum from the overwhelming majority.
Not altogether unexpected I suppose, but I have to say, I am astonished at the homogeneity of thought that exists among a relatively large group of people who are supposed to be free-thinkers.
I can't help but ask how this is.
This is not my my first forum.
There have been several other sites that I've spent a fair amount of time on.
Mostly Military, which admittedly have predominantly Religious Conservative memberships.
-- At least, that was the case with Military.com before it was overrun and became Militant.commie -- be that as it may...
I'm pointing this out, because to be absolutely candid, it appears that I was more accepted as a non-religious Conservative (and I made no secret) among religious Conservatives than I seem to be among non-religious, non-Conservatives.
Kind of flies in the face of convention, does it not?
I mean, you have the Military, with its reputation for intolerant lock-step groupthink versus free-thought Atheists who are ostensibly tolerant of practically all dissent.
I've encountered more condescension in a few days here, from just a few people, than I did in a couple of months in other places.
I'd say it takes that convention and stands it on its head.
I'm not being thin-skinned.
It takes a lot to get through the sand-blasted old hide I'm wearin', believe me.
I'm all about objective thought and objective observation.
If I'm wrong, I'm hoping someone will present me with a cogent argument to the contrary.
I'm feeling a bit disillusioned at the moment...
Let me put in a plug for libertarianism, which I regard as the political expression of secular-humanist philosophy, because it puts a premium on human dignity, life, and autonomy (and no, we are not anarchists or libertines). I trust neither God nor govt. to improve my life.
Greetings and welcome! I think like in any sort of random population, you can expect there to be all sorts of people here. Nice/not nice. Judgmental/nonjudgmental. Tolerant/not tolerant. Liberal/conservative/or anything else you can think of. Some of these people might be more willing to engage in discussion, others want to put you in a box and close the lid. Just because we're a group of atheists doesn't mean we all practice free thinking (and I'm a bit hazy on this word choice as a describer for atheists). Although I would hope that we would be open to having a rational discussion, and I know I for one have changed my mind on one big topic (belief in god/s), not everyone is open to or will change their beliefs based on what we read here. I love coming here because it's the one place on the interwebs that I can go and not be harangued by others about my belief system (or lack thereof). For the most part, I can speak my mind and be heard and I think that's pretty bloody important for everyone regardless of whether we have the same political viewpoint or not. I hope you find your place here and love it as I do. And I hope you go on challenging us and yourself to fully explore what it is that we DO believe in!