"I'd say you don't necessarily have to jump STRAIGHT to atheism. Try just starting out by saying that church isn't really for you - that you want to stop doing the whole ORGANIZED religion thing. Eventually, the truth will come out,…"
"I celebrate Easter and Christmas in a very secular way. I haven't even had a tree in a long time. I do enjoy me some carols though, even though most are religious in content. I also celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. My anniversary is on the…"
"I've loved Hobby Lobby since I was a little kid. Chick-fil-a is one of my favorite places to eat out. A lot of the organizations I support the most have fairly strong religious ties.
We operate in a world where it's hard to avoid religion…"
"I don't think we need a political party. On most issues, especially economic ones, we are divided.
But I agree that I want to see the day when even just 5% of Congress is openly nonreligious. I want to see the day when an atheist even wins the…"
I was raised Christian, but only vaguely. Went to church every few months, started to read the Bible at a young age, all that. Nothing extreme or pressuring. When I was in the sixth grade, I started to get into Christianity pretty heavily. Methodist specifically. Youth group every week for a few years, went through confirmation twice, but still refused to wake up on Sunday mornings for church service. That should tell you something right there. Also in the sixth grade, oddly enough, during my period of most religiousness, did I hold a year-long protest of the Pledge of Allegiance because of the line "under god" and its violation of the separation of church and state. Again, should tell you something about me.
I'd say I switched over to agnostic towards the end of seventh grade. Stopped going to any church functions of any kind. This was about the same time that I finished reading the Bible, or at least most of it. I still have only read the gospel of Luke, because I'm not reading the same book written by four different guys. I skipped some other sections too, like the pages of begetting and listings of sins. Waste of time.
Anyway, I'd say that it was around my freshman year that I really decided that atheism was the only real way to describe my beliefs, or lack thereof. The only wavering in my position is that nobody knows what started it all, so I guess it COULD be something supernatural, but if it's highly illogical and unlikely.
Because of my lack of faith, I've lost friends, angered family, and most of all, I've been forced to silence about my opinions in nearly all situations.
I'm now a freshman in college, a theatre major, and still find myself surrounded by those who not only differ from myself in their beliefs, but look down on me because of it.
I want atheists to be able to speak out about their position as loudly and proudly as the religious do, one day. That's why I'm here. With you guys, maybe that day will come quicker than I could imagine.
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Greetings, Callie! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since June 2010. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
ZOMG! NO TIME FOR TEH INTERNETS? Ha... I know that feeling... I just finished a 3 year program in college where if I failed 2 separate classes in a year or if I failed the same class twice, I would get fired from my job of 6 years... Just finished the school a coupe weeks ago. :)
Very glad to see you say you are getting through the rough spot... Dont ever let the bastards grind you down. And, if they do, never let them know they are. Keep your chin up. ;)
Hi Callie, and welcome to this friendly meeting place where we recognise, like you do as an atheist, that gods are phoney and religions are cunning frauds used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.