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Comment by Loren ɟɟןoʍ on July 17, 2009 at 2:17am
Hi everyone. I've been on AN for a while and now so pleased to find this group on AN. A bit about me. I was a reform Jew brought up in a reform home but with close ties to the shul due to my mom being very involved traditionally and being a 'lay' reader. I took part to a large degree too, even taking Saturday morning services from the age of 12 - I think I just saw it as a challenge! I liked reading and being there but never felt a connection or meaning in what I was reading in any way. I chose not to have a Batmitvah believing at the age of 13 for it to be hypocritical. From age 6 to 11 I was at a school that was rife with anti-semitism. From age 11 to completing High School I was sent to an Orthodox Jewish School that ostracised reform Jews. It all become more and more meaningless to me from the compulsory shul services at school to studying the Torah in English and Hebrew and Jewish Studies(that was actually dropped from the syllabus and I still wonder about that till today, why, finally...!). I became more atheistic ever since I left school till today 24 years later and so happy I chose that path sooner rather than later. I happen to live in a part of my city that you can term the Torah Belt and it's not fun. None of my partners have been Jewish and fortunately I was able to convert my partner to atheism. I have religious Jewish neighbours and I feel as much a fish out of water being there as those atheists feel living in the Bible Belt in the US I suppose. I would also love to share your stories and how you became nontheists. I've read Dawkins, Sam Harris, Chris Hitchens's books which have expanded my mind to all proportions of clear and rational thinking just putting the cherry on the top of my stance.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on June 9, 2009 at 6:21pm
Active atheists, being in the main ex-Christians, can be just as presumptuous as real Christians.
Comment by Rose Schwartz on June 9, 2009 at 6:12pm
Hi Jewmanists!! I don't think I coined the term, but I think its hilarious.

I find it important to express my Jew-ishness for two reasons:
1. I feel very connected to the culture and hereditary.
2. I'm tired of Christians trying to convert me as an atheist on the assumption that I left Jeebus or was ever a Christian.

My family was always reform and that, in itself, made it difficult to consider myself atheist. It was really just a word jump for me.

Anyway, nice to meet you all. :)
Comment by Ralph Dumain on April 19, 2009 at 11:59pm
Note this blog entry on "A New Group in the Works".

The topic is the lopsided nature of much atheist discourse based on the tacit assumption that Christianity is the only model of religion.
Comment by Jeremy on March 11, 2009 at 4:39pm
i guess i would count as a "secular Jew". i grew up with some of the watered down traditions, but decided that i could find no rational argument that their was a god.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on March 8, 2009 at 1:58pm
In addition to atheists coming from "Judaism", one should also consider secular Jews who were never religious (Jews constituting an ethnic group, not necessarily a religion). The group should be open to all interested in the topic of Jews and atheism, and not limited to Jews alone.
Comment by Ralph Dumain on March 6, 2009 at 5:51pm
Here's another graphic for your consideration:

Comment by Ralph Dumain on March 6, 2009 at 12:27pm
I got this symbol from a Jewish atheists group on Facebook:

Comment by Auntie Meggles on September 20, 2008 at 1:53am
Shalom! That sounds really confusing. I just get really annoyed when people go on and on about this being a christian nation. ugh.
Comment by ronys on August 23, 2008 at 4:16pm
Shalom y'all!

Greeting from Israel, the land of great confusion between Judaism as a culture, religion or even race.

Israel is the Jewish homeland, but people constantly mix up the idea of "the home of the Jews" with "a Jewish state".
At least in the US, you have separation of religion and state in your constitution. We don't even have a constitution...



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