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Recovering from Religion

Unless you were raised by atheist parents, you probably had some recovering to do when you left religion. The purpose of RR is to provide a landing place for people when they jump from religion. With local support groups throughout the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, and real-time resources accessible to everyone, RR is where to turn when faith has lost its luster.

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Members: 547
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2014

Discussion Forum

In what way are you still recovering from being brought up religious?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Richard C Brown Aug 30, 2014. 57 Replies

I was brought up in a fundamentalist family.Anyone still dealing with any issues from religion?Do you fear the result of coming out Atheist to your family?Any thoughts are welcome.Continue

Catholic Family / Atheist Wedding - HELP

Started by Megan. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 31, 2014. 4 Replies

Any one else out there still recovering from Catholic guilt??I come from an extremely Catholic family/upbringing. In 6 days I will be the first person in my entire extended family not to marry a Catholic in a Catholic Church.My biggest source of…Continue

Anyone still deal with anything like this?

Started by Starland Seay. Last reply by Matt Skaggs Aug 26, 2013. 27 Replies

One thing I have noticed is a tendency to "doubt" my new path in life. I still want to reach for the Bible sometimes. I still hesitate somewhat when someone mentions Pascal's "Wager"...LOL! Even though I know that science teaches this and that no…Continue

"Thief in the Night"

Started by cbenhamcox. Last reply by Luara Aug 18, 2013. 2 Replies

Last night I was reading Seth Andrew's book, Deconverted, and I almost fell out of my chair when he discussed being forced to watch the end times film from the 1970's call "A Thief in the Night."  He described some of the scenes, and I had a…Continue

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Comment by Darrel Ray on January 19, 2011 at 11:33am
Sex and Secularism Survey We continue to get a huge response on the Sex and Secularism survey.  The international response has been very surprising. About 20% of respondents are outside the US.  We are interested in all responses no matter where the originate. Thanks for participating. If you haven't taken it yet, please do.  The survey will close on Jan. 30.  See the link:
Comment by Mary O'Grady on January 19, 2011 at 7:13am
Thanks for the heads up, L. Hunter. Alabama's new governor almost makes our Texas Governor Rick Perry look good by comparison. Note, I had to say "almost."
Comment by L.Hunter on January 19, 2011 at 6:24am

Whats up with Alabama's new governor?


This governor has made his position known!!!!

Comment by One Manic Ninja on January 13, 2011 at 2:20pm

whaddayamean START worshipping??!! 


[giggle] You have the best sense of humor! 

Comment by Darrel Ray on January 13, 2011 at 2:17pm
I guess you are now resurrected! Congratulations, you are about the 10th or 20th person to do that in all of history.  We may start worshiping you soon! Can I be the treasurer?
Comment by One Manic Ninja on January 13, 2011 at 12:41pm

Hi, I was already a member but I had to delete and recreate my profile... so here I am again!

Comment by Mary O'Grady on January 11, 2011 at 4:27pm


'd love to take the survey, but my New Year's resolutions include not signing up for things like SurveyMonkey on-line. Is there someplace I can take the survey without opening a new account (and giving up contact info, etc.)?

Thank you!

Comment by Darrel Ray on January 11, 2011 at 1:28pm

Dear RR members:

We are doing a groundbreaking survey on sex and secularism.  We will collect data for a month or so, then shut it down and analyze it.  Depending on what we find, we may publish it in a journal but it will definitely be used in my next book in some capacity.  Here is the link:

Take it yourself then let others know about it.

This is a short survey about how your sexuality has developed over time and how it has changed in relation to your lack of belief in a god. The research is being conducted by Dr. Darrel Ray, author of The God Virus and Amanda Brown at the University of Kansas.
This survey is for ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS, SPIRITUALISTS, HUMANISTS, and SECULARISTS. We need to have people who do not believe in a deity, or organized religion, of any sort.

We hope to get hundreds if not thousands to complete it so we will have a pretty reliable picture of what sexuality looks like in the secular community.  One additional concern is that we really want to encourage women to take the survey.  Men are overwhelmingly represented in the secular community so we want to ensure we get as many women as possible.

Pass this along to any secularists or secular groups you think might be interested.

Thanks for any help,


Comment by Richard Goscicki on January 4, 2011 at 7:45pm

Mike, that clears up a lot of my questions.  Thanks. 

I have an old joke I made up:  I can barely take this county, i.e. Florida with all the nudie bars, free speech, multi-millionaires living on the beach in million-dollar condos, and so-called democracy.  I wouldn't last five minutes in a country like Iran. 

My friend, please be smart.  I wish you were here in Florida so we could pass a joint around and discuss this situation.  Future happiness of several people is at state. Above all, you have to realize where you are and don't cause problems you'll only regret.  You're not going to cause any badly-needed social changes. Smile when you have to smile, tough you might be gritting your teeth.

You gotta get out of there, soon as you can.  I don't know how much you love your wife, but it can't be worth living under a repressive, pleasure-negative and religion-intolerant regime.

So, figure out a way to get out and tell your wife "you're either going with me or staying behind. My way or the highway,"as locals here like to say."  "But I'm outta here."


I'm in Sarasota, Florida.  I think the government is repressive because I have to wear a seat belt while driving, under threat of a $107 dollar moving-violation ticket.  Also, I have to mow my lawn every three months or so or else get a courtesy note from the Community Assocation.  How much can I take?   


So, keep my posted.  Enjoy life.  :-) 



Comment by Mike McDonald on January 4, 2011 at 6:00pm

Yes I am living in Jakarta, Indonesia in a 'Hajji' neighborhood.

Hajji - someone who has been to the Haaj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

So now they are all elevated to most revered among Muslims status! It was a problem when we were first dating because since I'm a westerner I automatically have an inclination towards evil and I come from a place that is 'too free' and  believes in 'free sex'.

I used to get so angry at these absurdities. They actually gave a my then gf a warning of eviction from the neighborhood if i continued to come over after 9 pm! She is in her young thirties and I am in my upper thirties! The reason for this stupidity is that by her and I being together too late, while not being married, will bring bad luck to the neighborhood so in order to avoid the possible danger of a evil infusion the would just kick her out of her home!


I wasn't an open atheist until I moved to Indonesia and seen first hand the depths of absurdity into which religion will push people.


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