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. :)

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I think these are the little jewels we're speaking of:

HB0368 Dunn and SB0893 Dunn:

 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, protects a teacher from discipline for teaching scientific subjects in an objective manner. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10.

and depressingly this:

Passed H., Ayes 70, Nays 23 04/07/2011

Welcome to Nexus, Pangea Girl.

First, about closets. I try to chase Xians into closets where Matthew tells them to do their praying. They don't want to go; they just have to do their praying/preying in public.

Second, I love Tennessee. I was nine when my dad, mom and two sibs drove down from Cincinnati to visit the bee-uuu-tiful Smoky Mountains. Six years later my dad, my brother and I were driving from Cincy to Florida when we stopped for lunch in Dayton and heard a waitress enthusiastically tell us "Clarence Darrow sat at over that table and William Jennings Bryan sat at this table!" She was, of course, talking about the famous 1925 Scopes trial of a high school teacher who'd been charged with violating Tennessee's law that prohibited teaching evolution. I'm eighty now and live in California. It was in Tennessee, in 1947, that I first heard of that famous battle between evolution and that silly story that so many believe.

Many Xians are okay; they don't try to save me and religion seldom comes up. If it does, I twll them that if my dad hadn't sent me to Catholic schools I might still believe in a god. They aren't fond of Catholicism and understand.

Xians who try to save me? If I feel a need for distance, I tell them religion is the biggest fraud that's ever been perpetrated on humankind. It blows them away.

Anyway, welcome again to Nexus.

 

Thank you, Tom, for doing the chasing work. I'm sure you're taking up the slack of those of us who are still stuck in the closet. Bravo to you, bravo.

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