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31-03-2015, 03:33 PM
An Atheist in Alabama
Hello...? Is this thing on?

So, I am a closet (working my way out) atheist living in one of the most conservative, intolerant states in the USA. I am still recovering from my Southern Baptist upbringing and trying to figure out how to out myself without too much collateral damage to my relationships with my family or to my career.

I am a full-time husband and a father of two little girls. I am an engineer by day. By night, I read (just about any genre or medium), annoy my family with dilettante explications of quantum entanglement and other fantastical scientific topics, act in community theater, drink decent beer, and, if any time remains, I might finish one of the many random home improvement projects I have going on at any given time.

I am fascinated by things like psychology, philosophy, mathematics, physics, cosmology, biology, and others. If I were smarter (and less ADD) I would love to be a physicist... or a lawyer

I'll share my de-conversion experience later in the appropriate forum. But, by way of background, I'll share the three books that have helped usher in my epiphany of unbelief: Why People Believe Weird Things (Shermer), The Bible, and The God Delusion (Dawkins).

If you read down this far, you are probably in dire need of a hobby (or children)... Cheers!
Brad

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31-03-2015, 03:37 PM
RE: An Atheist in Alabama
Welcome! Jump in anywhere


But as if to knock me down, reality came around
And without so much as a mere touch, cut me into little pieces

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31-03-2015, 04:02 PM
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You aren’t the only Alabamian here, I travel there 3-4 a year to visit MIL and to remind me that things aren’t as bad where I live Big Grin

Oh, and welcome!

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”~Mark Twain
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31-03-2015, 04:02 PM
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I feel your pain brother. I'm in Missouri. We're only about two stone tools and a leather sling ahead of you. Welcome to the forum.

You can lead a theist to reason, but, you cannot make him think.
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31-03-2015, 04:15 PM
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Well hello from Huntsvegas Smile
Welcome!

I'll be at a southern baptist church this Sunday Hobo I'm totally in the closet with the family.

"If there's a single thing that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so." - Lev Grossman
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31-03-2015, 06:06 PM
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Welcome. I'm from Arkansas, so the intolerant thing is all too familiar to me.
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31-03-2015, 06:07 PM
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Guten Abend.

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31-03-2015, 06:15 PM
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Welcome, TurkeyBurner! Shy

Like McFistBeard, I'm from Arkansas, so we remember!
Lots of friends to be made here, man! Smile

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31-03-2015, 06:17 PM
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Howdy neighbor! Another resident of Huntspatch here.

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31-03-2015, 06:23 PM
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Welcome Brad
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