Hello! In the way of an introduction; I'm so glad to be here. I have explored the site a little and can't believe there are so many members!
As I said in the title, I AM stuck in the closet in the bible belt of Tennessee. I support myself and would suffer at the local level if I came out at this point in my career. It's kinda that risky suffice it to say...
That being said; that's why I've joined here. I want a place to come, make friends, meet people, discuss and commiserate, and vent about my situation. If there's anyone on here in Tennessee, please give me a shout. There are a few other people I've met in Memphis/Knoxville/Chattanooga so I know I'm not alone but it's a very small percent: but growing!
I happen to be an oddity here. I was brought up in an atheist home and am really grateful to my openminded parents for bringing me up that way..waaaaay back in the 60s and yes, right here in the BIBLE BELT of the south in the good 'ol US of A. Furthermore, if there were anyway to find out exactly how many churches are say in 'my town' I would bet money we beat anywhere else in the country for the number of churches per capita.
Anyway; so glad to be here! Looking forward to the forums at the nex!
The website really looks great and has lots of good links to other sites which I love.
I saw some way cool double helix earrings that I just got to have. :)
I would also like to add that I am single and interested in meeting professional, educated, liberal, well-spoken men who are in my age range who want to meet ladies and have fun. If you've read about me and are interested, please write me a note!
Hello, thanks for writing. Are you in the apparently very active Alabama Freethought Association? I am considering heading down that way for the ffrf.org/outreach/lake-hypatia/
Who else is on the 'who can be more backwards' contest? lol!
Well then you deserve the welcome! Meetups are the best thing. There is also a large group of facebook atheists and it seems to be becoming one large network and it's really about the coolest thing I've found. Except nexus of course. :) I just haven't made my way into the forums here. I've been a regular for a year or so, at least, in the ffrf.org forums.
Yes, re the contest, TN is trying to pass a law so educators cannot say the word "Gay" in school. Tn is also trying to pass a law permitting discussion of the "theories" of creationism and intelligent design in science in our public schools.
See if you can beat that! haha!!
Glad you are here. There is another new member here who didn't know why I used the phrase "coming out of the closet" when referring to Atheism because she thought it had negative connotations, which, while probably true, sometimes it has to be that you don't tell people you are an Atheist for several reasons. One of the reasons is what you just pointed out. It can hurt your career. It can keep someone from getting a job, etc. We are still, unfortunately, in the minority.
You found a good place to speak your mind!~ Melinda
Dear Melinda, Your remarks come at an unusual time. Recently, I was abashed by similar remarks made by fellow local as-yet-unmet atheists. I think it takes a ton of immaturity and total lack of understanding, read empathy, for another atheist to NOT UNDERSTAND. (thanks for the vent.) Or is it just me? I discussed this with several of our elders and well, they said that yes, there are all kinds of atheists, just as there are all kinds of people. He said it so much more acurately than me.
And, "coming out of the closet," is just a way to reference the situation. Please do, ask him or her, exactly how they would like it put. I would be VERY curious, muy curioso, to know. I wait with bated breath!! And thank you very much for the welcome. We are a hated minority; why would I want to bring reprisals upon myself? (another vent)!!!