I came across this and thought I would share it with everyone.
I have had family and friends who have had personal problems.
It is hard for them, their family and their friends.
Thought this might help those who don't want a "religious" answer.
Well for those of you who knew I got booted off of Facebook, I just got another free mail addy, and created another Facebook account. I'm on there as Ima Freeman. Yes, I am a Free Man....kind of like the line from the 1960's show, "The Prisoner."
Since I've created a new ID, I've created two new groups. They've have really grown. Kinda takes me aback. One is domestic you might say. But the other one I made "International" in nature.
The response has been very good. I was surprised actually how they have grown. I've also posted the URL to this site and another for atheist pen pals.
It amazes me how many atheists, agnostics and freethinkers are out there. Prior to the net it was hard as hell to find others like myself. They were there but not that easy to connect too. Well all that's changed.
Thanks to the internet it's easier to find those like us. And what really amazes me is the number of people who are coming out as atheists. They say there are a lot of "angry" atheists. You're right.
Imagine how it feels to have someone cram their religious beliefs or dogma down your throat. And they honestly think they are helping you.
I equate that to holding down under water a person who is drowning in order to teach them how to swim. Yes you want to "save" them but in the long run you're killing them...
Growing up I knew I was "different" in the religion aspect. I opened up about being an atheist in High School once. This one guy just got so over wrought that someone could be an atheist. I mean this guy just stewed on it all day long.
There was another guy who I knew from a group I was a member of. He was also an atheist. Mostly because his parents sent him to a Catholic High School.
Can't blame him. Who could?
What got me was knowing this guy, the crowd he hung out with and how he lived his life seemed so anti "Christian" I just wanted to ask him, "How can you look down on me with how you live your life?"
I didn't. But I never was open about my atheism since then.
In college I had two fraternity brothers who were atheists. We discussed it amongst ourselves. How we became atheists and how we had to deal with it with our families.
As one of them pointed out, we couldn't actually be members of the fraternity due to it's membership "guidelines." We both doubted the frat would do anything about it. But we still weren't open about it.
Religion wasn't a factor in our frat anyway. We didn't have prayers or anything like that.
Just a bunch of good guys.
So that's why I suggested the Facebook thing. It's free and like this site, it gives you a chance to find others like ourselves.
And it also brings this site to the attention of others who don't know it exists.
You know what? You sound a lot like me and you're 100% right man, the little things in life can keep a person going strong. I added you btw, gonna see if I can link my A|N badge onto my profile tonight too. I'm pretty sure I can find some way to get it on there or at least a picture.