Introduce Yourself HERE!
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21-11-2010, 12:43 PM
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I'll crack me open a Blue Moon and toast to that. Cheers Big Grin
21-11-2010, 04:27 PM
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(21-11-2010 04:16 AM)VicDeuceOne Wrote:  I'm 23, and from the suburbs of Seattle, WA, where I feel very fortunate living, as the social climate is rather friendly towards us non-religious and logical types.

That is similar to Winnipeg, Manitoba here in central Canada. You have probably realized by now that many atheists aren't in such tolerable enviornments. A grand understatement, but not my biggest on the forum.

I have been to Seattle when I was young. I remember riding the monorail, going up in the Space Needle and the raised freeways which were the most advanced highway structures I had seen at that time.
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21-11-2010, 07:45 PM
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Yeah, my favorite city in the world. And I've seen a few. 'Tis a lovely place.
22-11-2010, 06:38 PM
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Hi just joined but will visit often. I am a proud member of NA and I do not need an imaginary friend.
22-11-2010, 09:19 PM
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[Image: 19.gif] Kevin and Vic.
23-11-2010, 06:56 AM
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Hi all! My name's Peter, I'm 30 and I live in Melbourne, Australia.

I recently watched the Richard Dawkins documentaries The Root Of All Evil? and Enemies Of Reason. I'm not very scientifically minded myself but I found them very interesting.

I certainly don't believe in 'God' as a grumpy old man and Satan as an equally grumpy red horned thing. That means no Jesus, antichrist, angels, demons, or anything of the like. Jury's out on the rest of it right now.
26-11-2010, 10:59 PM
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Hi Smile

I'm the Hippie Artist type, a Federal Employee(U.S. Census Bureau/Geography Branch), and divorced single Mom. I primarily do photography, photo manipulations, and ceramics. I apprentice with a local Master Potter for ceramics, and have college level training in Commercial Art but no degree.
28-11-2010, 09:12 PM
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Hello all from Mount Vernon, WA.
29-11-2010, 10:17 AM
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Welcome to Alive, Strawberry, and Prometheus! Glad to have you with us.

"Owl," said Rabbit shortly, "you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest - and when I say thinking I mean thinking - you and I must do it."
- A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
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02-12-2010, 03:37 PM
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Becoming Free

Blame it on my parents.  They always told me to "think for yourself”.  I doubt they ever considered what would happen if I really did that. 

Now, I suspect what they meant was, "Think what we tell you but do it in your own words."  Too late.  When I was 13, I began to question everything and soon the total absurdity of religion became apparent. 

Because I have been “encouraged” (forced) to read the bible several times, it was easy for me to see the contradictions in the book, what christians professed to believe, and how they really lived.

When I refused to go with them to their church, they said they would "Make me go." 

I asked them, “How are you going to make me? How will forcing me to attend church change my mind?”  Already, their attitude was starting to harden me against everything else they would tell me.

Their next idea was to have their minister talk to me.  I told them it was a waste of everyone's time.  They persisted and had him come to the house to “Talk some sense into me.”  (as if they ever works for anyone)  After about 15 minutes, of him quoting the bible to me and me pointing out that he was either wrong in his quotes or showing him how it said something else in another place, he became very angry and told me I was going to hell.  I suspect it was because I knew the bible better than he did and was, at age 13, able to prove how ridiculous his arguments were.

I told him, “If there is a Hell I'll see you there.  Save me a nice place, OK?"  He said I was an impertinent, disrespectful child.  By then, I was angry myself and for the first time, I told a christian that he was a hypocrite, a liar, and a fool.  My parents insisted that I apologize.  I refused and left the room to a lot of yelling and threats.

For the next four years, I heard about this at least once a week.  So the night I graduated high school, I left my parent's home and didn't see them again for well over a year.  By then, with the credits I had accumulated in high school and summer school,  I had completed a couple of years of college.  Fortunately, I was able to pay for this myself.  I was entering the army and wanted to try to make peace with them, but had to listen to the same old recriminations and arguments again. 

The next time I saw them was two years later when I was getting married.  After several years of an on-again, off-again relationship they finally agreed to just not discuss it any more.  I'd like to say that worked, but  subtle hints slowly became outright condemnation.  Then I took a job transfer from Ohio to Arizona, so family meetings were rare enough to become occasions for something other than contention.

What did I learn?  Even your family can turn against you if you refuse to share in their illusions.  There are times if you are to become your own person you must stand firm in what you know to be true.

Now I'm 68, retired, living in Brazil, and happy with 55 years of rational thinking and freedom from religion's nonsense.
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