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The website sparklebox.co.uk, which is full of educational resources for kids has been banned by the government, with educational authorities being advised to block the site until it can be fully checked out...…"
Recovering from the side effects of Christian fundamentalism is not easy.•The ongoing fear of Hell•Rejection from family members•Ongoing guilt•Loss of communityIf you can relate, join.This is not a debate group.See More
I am a former evangelical fundamentalist (calvary chapel, and church of christ the king) - I formed a group, which later became the Scottish Atheist Council, with a view to providing the sort of support you describe.
Ian, I’m not the official welcome wagon, but I do spend a lot of time on A|N, so I’ll take the liberty to welcome you and tell you a little about the site.
There are three ways to join in the conversations here. You can use the CHAT ROOM, or you can post a discussion in either the FORUM or in one of the GROUPS. The FORUM has different categories for posting discussions, and it is open to everyone here. To post a discussion or comment in a GROUP, you must first join that group.
There are over 500 groups so far, so just about any area of interest you can have will be represented. There are regional groups, groups for ex-Christians or ex-Muslims, and groups for pot smokers, bikers, singles, gamers, the LGBT community, parents, and pet lovers. Groups of common interest include: music, science, writing, politics, philosophy, morality, ethics, cinema, feminism, human rights, memetics, sexuality, history, race & culture, gardening, vegetarianism, books, propaganda, Cynicism, Objectivism, news, Doctor Who, free speech, the NFL, psychology, science fiction, horror films, Star Trek, and much more.
You are welcome to start your own group, but I might suggest that you first check to make sure that no such group for that particular interest already exists (for example, we already have four LGBT groups).
When commenting in a group, be sure to select FOLLOW at the bottom of the screen so that you’ll be informed of follow up comments to either the discussion, or to your comments. Also, the unspoken preference on A|N for responding to the comments of another member tend to be that you copy the text to which you are referring, paste it in your comment, italicize it, and then write your response below that. That way everyone knows to whom or what you are referring. You should also activate all links or URLs you post.
The best way to see what’s going on elsewhere on the site is to monitor the LATEST ACTIVITY feed on the right side of the screen. You’ll see new members announced and the conversations that are attracting the most attention.
Again, welcome aboard. I hope you enjoy it here, as I do.
Welcome to this excellent site and the bright people like you who recognise that religion is a fraud and gods are nothing but fictions inside the heads of the credulous.
Terry Meaden (English; physicist; archaeologist, Oxford) founder of the busy discussion group
"ORIGINS: Universe, Life, Earth, Humankind, Fossils, Religion, Evolution, Darwin..." with its 200 discussion topics.
We examine and review the world’s great questions including how life and humans, religion and faith, and everything else began.
We invite you to come and enjoy the discussions.
I'd also like to let you know about the Rise of Atheism Global Atheist Convention to be held in Melbourne next March. It's going to be huge! 1000 tickets have already been sold. Speakers include Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Peter Singer, AC Grayling and many more.
Unfortunately, the site was attacked yesterday and has been temporarily taken down, but should be up again soon.
There is a very active atheist and skeptics community in WA. I hope you have found them. If not, just let me know and I'll put you in touch with the ringleaders. ;-)