I'm a former general baptist xtian. I was raised in southern Indiana attending Otter Creek GB church and also attended Warrick Christian School during my High school years. We were borderline evangelical. I remember going door to door trying to proselytize for our youth group.
Evolution made me question a lot of things, and I can remember trying to marry evolution and my religious beliefs. I was in and out of belief during my teen and college years. I even married an evangelical Christian while serving in the Coast Guard.
While in the military, I learned physics, and got very interested in science in general.
The first book that I picked up was Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted world". This was the turning point for my religious beliefs, and I haven't looked back since. Since then I have read Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris, along with many others. Each has added to my arsenal of knowledge about the fallacies of religion.
That knowledge has saved me from being a Xtian and using my religion as an excuse to be immoral and selfish (for me, I could justify stealing as long as I asked for forgiveness later). It's a double-edged sword as well, isolating me from family and friends.
I started this group in order to meet like-minded people. Too long we have lived quietly and with too few people can we actually talk with regarding our lack of beliefs. Many people in this area hear "agnostic" or "atheist" and respond with anger or hateful looks. We need a group that will cater to non-theists, whether the life-long atheist or the first-time questioner that needs to see that it's okay to be godless.
I'm not here to bash religion, nor am I here to push non-theism on the tri-state area. There is enough information out there for that and by people with better writing skills. This is a gathering of freethinkers. Maybe we can all go out and get a beer or even grill in my backyard. Maybe just chat or have a contact list or someone to call if they need a hand.
I have only met one other atheist in the Tri-state area that would admit it to me and intend to add to that this year. So please invite your non-theist friends, whether the atheist, agnostic, freethinker, or humanist, and lets all get together.
Anyone posing as a non-theist or harassing other members here or on Facebook is subject to deletion. I won't tolerate flaming or anything else or that nature. That goes for gay-bashing, racial comments, or anything else inappropriate. Nuff said.