Thanks for the welcome, Joseph. Yeah, We're not too far removed from civilization geographically. Winston-Salem and Greensboro are just a short Hwy drive in either direction. It's definitely not Raleigh, and still Fundie Land, but not usually unbearable. What "Triad" group are you referring to? I just found the Greensboro Atheist group on Meet Up, but it sounds like you're referring to something else.
Ha, thank goodness, I wasn't ever forced into a cult by my parents. If you were going to assign one, however, it would be Lutheran. I think somehow I've known for quite some time that I was an Atheist, but for some reason I found it difficult for the longest time to admit it. I've always been a skeptical person as long as I can remember, and never felt quite right in a church setting. Thankfully, I have persons in my life who have spent a lot of time educating me. That has made all the difference, and gave me the confidence to start speaking out.
Yeah, my biological father wanted to raise me without a religion so I could choose it when I became old enough (basically make sure I was an atheist), but because of that view him and my mother divorced. I rarely saw him, and visits stopped completely when I was about 8. My mom wanted to raise me Catholic and actually had my baptism and everything prepared, but my father wouldn't allow it.
Despite that, I was raised Christian/Catholic (more Christian though) by my mom and step-father. I began questioning the bible around age 10, and a year or 2 later I realized I was only buying into the whole religion thing because I didn't want to be an outcast and wanted to make my family happy. But I wasn't comfortable without ANY kind of religion, so I decided to become a Wiccan. That lasted about a year, before I decided that religion just wasn't my thing. :P
I didn't even find out my father was an atheist until this past summer though. In the end, he still got what he wanted- an atheist daughter. And he didn't have to do a damn thing. xD
Yes. I've only recently, I guess you'd call 'came out' with my Atheism. We've had a few serious talks about it, and he seems to be okay with my lack of belief. But honestly, I think he just thinks it's a little rebellion thing, which is probably the reason he 'accepts' it.
I guess my situation is really similar to yours then. I do have other family members that I would never talk about my Atheism with. I just avoid the subject of religion altogether. I know that it would be a big issue for them. It's really a sad thing to have to hide who you really are, just for other peoples' sakes.
Yeah, I guess that's how it is for most young people though.
Actually, I live with only one parent; my dad. He's Mormon, and that's what I was raised as. But luckily for me, we've never been super religious or anything. So, my Atheism is THAT big of a problem for him.
Nah, go ahead and flirt. She's my girlfriend ... sort of ... for about the next 6 months or so. Then she's going to be wandering off out of state.
And even in the mean time, she's specifically stressing that it's an open relationship, despite the fact that she wants to be monogamous, from her side of the relationship. The girl has more commitment issues than you can imagine. I get a reminder from her that this is just a temporary relationship and I shouldn't get completely attached, on at least a monthly basis.
On top of that, she's actively pushing for threesomes, to help deal with my over-the-top libido. I have a history of wearing girls out and still being ready for sex for another hour or two. I'd make a killing in porn, if it weren't for the fact that there's really only massive demand for guys in gay porn, which wouldn't work out so well for me. I'd say that I would also be bad for porn, since I'm ugly, but then look at Ron Jeremy.
Sorry about the confusion. I said a while back, in one of the Atheist Singles threads, that I'm not celibate ... and I'm sort of in a relationship, but I'm sort of available. It's complicated.
I can't imagine living in a world of religious believe. My mom and her husband both do believe in a god and think I am off my rocker when I say things to them like "Come guys, you really don't think there is the big guy up in the sky that know everything and cares whether or not the Patroits win a bloody football game while ignoring horrible things happening in the world?" My dearest friend is a christian and I know that if her belief were to disappear her whole world would crumble and that makes me sad.
I also forgot to mention that I believe I received a very high quality education from the Catholic school I attended. I went there K-8, then to public high school. I realize GA is about 47 out of 50 states in education, but the public school I went to was highly ranked. Still, a LOT of what I "learned" there was review. Other students thought I was some brainiac or something, but to me, I was just average. It made my report cards pretty sweet, but then again, I always got good grades even when being lazy.
Not to be insulting to you, but people seem to have some pretty ignorant views of Catholic school based solely on stereotypes and urban myths. We didn't pray in every class, or have nuns walking around hitting us with sticks, or have priests wandering the halls with their dicks out. Maybe in earlier generations, but not when I went. Catholic school is SCHOOL first, and Catholic second. While certainly the majority of teachers and students were Catholic, we had students and teachers of many religions, mostly other Christian religions, but not always.
Just like any other school, we had completely non-religious classes including history/social studies, English (which for us was a grammar only class), reading (which was a literature only class), math, science, and specials such as P.E., music, art, etc. Sometimes we talked about religion in those classes, especially in music because we learned religious songs, but it's not like my education was side tracked by papally prescribed bullshit. We learned how old the earth really was, we learned evolution (though they did try to combine religion with it by saying God made evolution happen), heliocentrism, sexual reproduction, and all those other things that most people would think are forbidden.
We had ONE 45 minute religion class a day. We had a book that would bring up a social topic, a moral issue, a notable deed by another Christian and would teach how it was similar to something in the Bible, or how we could be better Christians by following the example, or what the church's official stance was and what we thought about it.
I can't speak for all Catholic schools, but from other people in my age group and younger that I know went to Catholic schools, they're much less brainwashy than people think. "Christian schools," on the other hand, might be different.
CCD and Catholic school aren't really related. We still learned grammar, literature, history, science, math, vocabulary, etc., and open discussion was very much encouraged, especially in the humanities.
My parents were raised Catholic but left that church when I was too young to remember. Something happen with one of the priest but have yet to hear the full story of that. Later, in my early teens my dad had a bright idea to become Episcopal for a brief time while he worked out his guilt from an affair (LOL). Religion was never something in the forefront of growing up. I was baptized but my children are not. Religions to me has always, since early memory, just stories like Lord of the Rings, good story but totally unbelievable.