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18-02-2017, 01:04 PM
Hi, I'm new, but not new to atheism
Hi, everybody! I'm Rachel and I'm a refugee from the moribund Amazon forums.

I'm 41, soon to be 42, married, with 2 children, a 12 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. I used to work in public health, but now I'm one of the media that people like to complain about.

My journey to atheism began around age 13 when my mom passed from Parkinson's and spinal cancer. She was in so much agony, I kept praying for God to take her and end her suffering. No answer, no surprise.

The next step was the rape of my best friend about 2 years later. It happened after youth group in my church by the youth minister. I usually accompanied my friend, but that evening I was sick. What kind of a deity would allow the violation of a good, church-going girl? My friend's mom called me, and my dad drove me down to the hospital, fever and all. I was wallowing in self-pity when the primary minister arrived to do damage control. He patted her hand and didn't notice when she flinched. He told her in that insulting avuncular tone that it was all about "God's plan" and "free will" and that she shouldn't get overly upset about it.

I couldn't believe what I was hearing! My friend just exploded on him: "God's plan? Why would a god plan for me to be raped? Why didn't he send me a note telling me that this was going to happen? How does this show God's love? Why was the rapist's free will to rape me more important to God than my desire NOT to be raped."

The minister just gave her one of those condescending smiles and told her that he would talk with her when she wasn't so upset. Then he left!

The final straw was when I was 18 and carefully read the Bible and saw not only the contradictions, but the elements of fiction in it. I suddenly realized it was just a bunch of stories, not truth or "The Truth."

But it took a good 10 years for me to "come out" as an atheist. As a single mom, I wanted to raise my daughter with no lies or illusions, just truth and facts.

I suppose that's the gist of my story. Thanks for reading.
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18-02-2017, 01:09 PM
RE: Hi, I'm new, but not new to atheism
Welcome! Smile
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18-02-2017, 01:21 PM
RE: Hi, I'm new, but not new to atheism
Welcome to the forum. It's funny how many people become atheists as a result of reading the bible.

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18-02-2017, 01:32 PM
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Welcome to TTA! Shy

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18-02-2017, 01:33 PM
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Welcome and feel free to 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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18-02-2017, 01:44 PM
RE: Hi, I'm new, but not new to atheism
Welcome.

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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18-02-2017, 01:54 PM
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Welcome!

“The first duty of a man is to think for himself” ― José Martí
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18-02-2017, 02:14 PM
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hi there!

"If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu."

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18-02-2017, 02:36 PM
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Welcome!
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18-02-2017, 02:37 PM
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Welcome!

"Let the waters settle and you will see the moon and stars mirrored in your own being." -Rumi
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