Being a student at an HBCU in a state considered to be a part of the bible belt, with religious parents and family, it feels great to be in a website/group that won't immediately consider me insane.

 

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Comment by Sheila Varga on March 2, 2011 at 7:03pm
I completely understand.  I am around many devout christians every day who just assume that I am christian too.   When I tell them I'm not they want to pray for me and then tell me that I need to attend their church.  I explain that I do not wish to attend their church and of course I get the dumbfounded look.  It's like they just can't understand why everyone can't see their point of view.  It's fine with me for anyone to believe what  they want, but what gets me is how they assume that everyone should see things from their point of view.  I told one woman once that told me I should go to church with her that while she is sitting in the congregation listening to the sermon about her god's creation, I am out enjoying what life and science has to offer.  I am out hiking while she sits listening to a preacher rant.  I enjoy my Sunday morning doing what I enjoy doing instead of doing what I think some personification in the sky expects me to do.   I am participating in the things she is missing out on. But of course, believers think that I am missing out because I don't have god in my life.  I've been there, done that and I don't miss it one bit.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on March 1, 2011 at 7:49pm
We certainly would not immediately consider you insane - we take a few weeks for that. :>)
Comment by Robert Moore on February 28, 2011 at 8:55pm
Yes. I go to a college where the population is pretty much all black christians, and a few other religions. My psychology class last week had a discussion on evolutionary theory. I was the only one that described it without invoking the idea of a god being behind the 1st creation. Cue glares. A lot of times, I will have a friend and ask if they were busy on sunday. You know, catch a movie, hangout or somethin. When they say they have church and I say ok, they ask why I'm not going, then when I say I don't go, I get a lecture, and this person is no longer my friend. Their friends are no longer my friends etc.
Comment by Monica S. on February 28, 2011 at 7:20pm
Welcome! I attempted the HBCU thing, but left(guess which one) after I realized I just wasn't going to fit in and to try and "make a space" would be a little dangerous where I was. Welcome to the family!

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