Welcome to the the commonsense/ science group called ORIGINS with its many discussions and video films where members seek to know the origins of everything.
You are the 200th member of this lively questioning group that began on 15 September 2008.
Yeah, it wasn't one of my proudest moments in retrospect. At the time, I thought I was in the right and didn't understand why I was sent to the principal's office. This happened when I was a sophomore I apologized to her in our senior year when I had a chance to mature more.
When in college I had a chance to actually meet the types of people who I railed against in my conservative christian youth (e.g. "liberals," homosexuals, atheists, etc) and I discovered that they weren't the "evil" despoilers of Western Civilization that my parents and right-wing squawk radio said they were.
It's no wonder why the religious nuts hate "secular" education Your outlook on life really can change when one is presented with facts that are not clouded by supersticion.
I raised Catholic, and in a pretty hard core one at that. I always had my doubts when I was younger, but I learned quickly that you don't question God in my families household. When I got older, I actually was quite the right-wing Papist. I railed against abortion, gay rights, and I even called a girl a "whore" in my sex ed. class when she said that there was nothing wrong with pre-marital sex.
Thanks! I sorry to say that I didn't enter UW-Milwaukee an unbeliever. I was a very conservative Catholic back then. However, by my final year I considered myself an atheist. I credit my introductory philosophy class for putting the seeds of doubt into my head.
I did Latin at high school and passed the necessary exam at age 16 because prospective Oxford students had to have Latin--but I have forgotten most of it. I know some Italian which is not the same thing, and I am fluent in French.