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Young Atheists

A group for young atheists, any ages from 0-20 welcome! People love to underestimate young people, especially minors who can't vote, but we are a powerful group...we are not alone.

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Welcome young atheists! This group is geared towards students, be they in college, high school, middle school, or elementary school, all are welcome, including those who are still young but not in school.

We're a powerful group that is often ignored or treated as if we are worthless. Older folks love to tell us that we aren't responsible, that we aren't intelligent, that we aren't as important. WE ARE. We can help strengthen atheism and weaken the religious establishments.

This group however is geared not towards angry rebellion ;) but discussion between young atheists. We can reach out to the very young group (middle school/elementary) while strengthening ourselves.

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Comment by Deinotherium on April 14, 2009 at 12:47am
Personally, I was raised in an episcopalian home due to the fact that my mother was formerly a presbyterian and my father was a catholic. Apparently, they found the episcopal church to be a 'middle ground' of sorts and my mother felt very strongly that it was important for her children to have some sort of religious 'base'. That being said, it is very much to my parents' credit that they repeatedly told me "Mark, you're free to follow whatever path you choose" with regards to religion. Mom, a devoted conservative who idolized Reagan, was very accepting of other people's beliefs (as was my father, who, like myself, leans towards the left politically). Similarly, she's a non-degree medical doctor (a speechpathologist to be specific) and thus she knows perfectly well that homosexuality isn't a choice and when I came out as bisexual, she showed absolutely no signs of discomfort or shock. So I was a little bit suprised at her reaction when I came out as an atheist last December. Her first response was a regurgitation of the old, tired, and inaccurate argument that 'just as many people have been killed by atheists as religious people'. Whenever we converse about the subject (which both of us try to avoid doing), there's a hint of awkward tension and restraint in her voice. My father (who is much more spiritual) is of the opinion that god doesn't care what I believe and repeatedly says he'll pray for me. Then again, I sense that he too is disappointed in my abandonment of faith and secretly wishes that I'll convert to some sort of religion eventually.
Comment by LisaTann on April 13, 2009 at 10:47pm
I was raised in a pretty secular Jewish home... I'm one of bazillion non-practicing atheist Jews you can find on any Northeastern college campus, and proud of it. My dad was the treasurer for our synagogue, but never really believed, and when I started talking about atheism at age 16 he promptly deconverted with me, claiming he'd been an atheist for decades but had never really researched or found a name for his conclusions. He's a doctor, and I'm a Bio major, so the evolutionary evidence was a big factor for us. My mom "believes" in something, but she won't say what, because she doesn't have a very clear idea herself, but she doesn't care what my Dad and I believe or don't believe. I'm the anamoly though... I basically live in a little liberal island (my house) in a very Republican, Christian county and state. I never found any fellow atheists until I came to Boston... which is part of the reason I love it here so much! :)

Sorry to ramble on like that, but I, like any good talking ape, love to talk about myself. Can't wait to hear from all of you!
Comment by Ida on April 13, 2009 at 8:37pm
I guess I was more of a "couch potato theist" who didn't really care. I tried to avoid church as much as possible by working on Sundays.

This past presidential election is what really got me off my lazy ass to do research. I saw lots of catholic videos on youtube against Obama just for one subject: abortion. It hurt to see people vote against their interests by trying to 'brainwash' catholics to vote for Mccain...

My dad is presbytarian and my mom is methodist. I never really distinguished myself as either denomination. When I started college, I went to a non-denominational church for a year. I had come across a few students who had been disowned by their religious parents(mostly pastors) and I thought that was really hypocritical, so I took a "Bible Literature" class hoping to understand the bible more (while I was a theist), but I didn't read as much as I should have. 5+ months later, I thought of the people who had been disowned by their parents, the starving kids of this world, and why bad things happen to good people, and many other misfortunes I had seen around me. As usual, no one gave me good answers for these misfortunes, so I went online and found www.evilbible.com.. wow I'm rambling on, but my de-conversion story is on my page if any of you want to read it :).
Comment by Christopher Alaimo on April 13, 2009 at 3:00pm
Hey guys I was wondering "how many young atheists were brought up in a secular home or if most of us have converted to atheism?" I was personally a Roman Catholic. I go to a Catholic highschool and it seems that the atheist friends I have were all once Catholic (maybe it's because the school has a majority of catholics entering it). Is it something within catholic teaching that pushes people away or is it just that they are more open to freethought than fundamentalists?
Comment by Trappedintheworld on March 2, 2009 at 10:37pm
Thanks for making this group.:)
It means a lot to know that there is other sophisticated teens who I could speak openly about atheism to,Rather than having some one say something like"Yea dude,Its so impossible for there to be a God".Yes,This is legit but usually that's as far as the conversation goes.
I kinda grew up with the Christian belief,My mother is a agnostic,along with my oldest sister.(Parent are divorced)My father is a Christian so is my other sister.
Or there might be some Catholic girls who just love to say bless you when I sneeze and ask me to go to church with them.
No.I've been through the church crap,ask me somethings why my argument is.
(I don't mean to speak in riddle type,its the internet I swear!):P
Ok,I feel that this has gone on too long,:P Read my about me for more.
Don't be shy to drop a request or a comment by.:)
Comment by Ida on February 26, 2009 at 11:42pm
No Jocelyn, and that's the fun part about being atheist, especially former Christians. We have overcome our struggle and are at peace with ourselves, when it comes to the unknown.
Comment by Jason on February 15, 2009 at 2:25am
Woop - glad to be here! ^^
Comment by Tyler Durden on February 14, 2009 at 8:25am
Hello. New here, and this group seemed perfect to me. I'm a sophmore, a video game addict, and a pretty good writer. People always assume that I'm highly religous for some reason *my guess is because I'm black*, and it highly frustrates me. I'm harassed a lot at school, though it never bothers me. I've argued my side when it comes to religon, but it seems like everyone I debate with is too ignorant to see any of my points. Oh well...
Comment by saxon k. on February 13, 2009 at 11:53pm
uh... ok
Comment by Blake on February 7, 2009 at 3:40am
Hey guys, just a new guy on A/N deciding to join the group. I attend High School, play too many video games, like techno music, snowboard, and drink monster. Thats about it. Other than that I am obviously atheist and I like to consider myself a relatively educated atheist. I've been in numerous religious debates with Christians, all which end up with them just not accepting my beliefs for what they are and refusing to see anything my way (even though I do look at their beliefs, analyze them, and then consider them stupid.) So yea, I'm pretty annoyed/tired of stereotypical Christians. They can stfu, stop asking me to come to church with them, and thump their bibles. Atheism ftw!
 

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