"I'll throw in my two cents worth...
I probably had a similar upbringing and somewhat similar interests (except that we were too poor for a pool at our church- did you mean the baptismal pool?). I was more interested in things like math,…"
"Your best bet overall would be to start something informally and
see if you can even keep interest going with a core group for a
year or so before venturing into an "official" organization which is
subject to IRS regulations.
Just to keep…"
"I've been involved in a few of these over the years (many years
Basically, it's covered under the 501(c) section of IRS rules.
Usually a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) depending on whether you want to
get involved politically, have tax…"
"Yeah, this can be tough. I pretty much started refusing to go to church when I was about 12 years old.
Raised Southern Baptist. Fairly conservative folks in genera.
My old Sunday school teacher called to see if I would be coming to services and I…"
I used to pick them for an atheist radio show a
few decades ago (mostly 1980's).
Here are a few we had in "high rotation":
Atheist Tabernacle Choir - Spitting Image (hard to find)
Imagine - John Lennon
God's Song -…"
"At this point, I've about said all I want to say to most Christians about
atheism and their religion, so I tend to avoid personal conversations
I've done my time in the trenches and have just about heard it all.
"One of the things that has made me a "calmer" atheist than in the past is the knowledge that there is a really big world out there.
And it is not ALL Christian. Take China for example. I lived there for a year.
Christians have almost NO…"
"I feel like there is a lot more good information about atheism out there now than in the past. And I give a lot of credit to the Internet for making that happen.
Before the Internet became popular it was much easier to marginalize atheists, but I…"
"I watched the video and thought it was ok, but I probably wouldn't have shown it to anyone at work, especially a known Christian. Really, I don't see much point in it unless they ask because they surely aren't going to LEARN anything…"
"Texas used to have some odd Blue laws, too. I remember moving there in the 1980's and being surprised to find that you couldn't buy panty hose on Sunday. Not that I was looking for pantyhose, but the signs pointed this out. There were…"
"Hi, I'm just south of the NC border, in Indian Land. They sometimes call the area Fort Mill. Saw the mention of Atheist Nexus in Charlotte Area Atheists site. Some day I'll get out and meet some folks, it's just that so far the…"
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