Hey everyone. I'm Jessica from Los Angeles. I am very excited about this website. Just recently, I came to the realization that I am in fact an atheist. Ive always been a truthseeker though and I was never afraid to question religion. Now that I understand myself better, I am ready to meet some of ya'll. Race is not an issue because I am an equal opportunity date, but I would be interested in meeting a black atheist. I guess I still question whether they actually exist.
I went to the baptist church for a while, then I went the muslim route and finally a little scientology. Haven't been able to shake the scientologists yet. Damn, they never give up. But, I did give religion a try and it wasn't for me. So, here I am.
I have never been married and I don't have children. I never knew why exactly but I think my progressive thinking was a big part of the problem. Do atheists get married? If so, who does the ceremony? I have so many questions. I've never been the traditional type but I do want to have a baby one day. I am very interested in seeing what a person can become without all that religious madness being pumped in to him.
Anyway, I'm not going to write a book. Holla at ur girl. :)
Atheists totally get married. My mother and stepfather have been atheists since before they met each other. Who does the ceremony isn't important as long as it means something to you. The more important things to me would be things like who I invited, how big the ceremony was, etc. But of course it's not a necessity in this day and age. It just makes your coupling a legal matter, which has its benefits. Since you're a new atheist, I'd like to be among the first to say, welcome to the fold. It can be hard at first, because it's a new and different perspective to have, and because it takes a while to deprogram yourself from all that religious indoctrination, but I think you'll find it to be enlightening as well as quite freeing. Most of the questions you have can be answered if you look hard enough, and if not there are plenty of fellow atheists willing to discuss the matter in a rational and intellectual way. It's a really great community. =)
This is why I'm trying to make new friends because I wouldn't have anyone to invite besides my mom who is totally cool. She agrees with me a lot but she cant bring herself to say that there is no God. She still has a lot of fear but I'm working on her.
If I were to get married, I know now that he has to be atheist and I know I don't want a preacher within 40 miles of the ceremony. lol. Ur right, tho, it's not necessary. I have been doing just fine without it.
Thanx for the welcome and I am definitely looking forward to learning a lot from you guys. :)
Another great thing to do would be to go on meetup.com and look for atheist groups in your area. I did that when I got to Omaha, because an atheist Democrat in the military can count very few military people as true friends. Oh, the arguments I've had...
I am a black atheist, in the glorious Bible Belt (of all places). Welcome, welcome! Trust me, we exist. There's the BlackFreethought group here, and there's also the Black Atheists group on Facebook that I'm apart of.