Hello, fellow nontheists. My name is Daniel. I was raised in a Catholic Household. I have a huge family in terms of uncles, aunts and cousins, and they are all Catholic as well. I went to church every sunday since age 6 to 10. And I never cared about my religion. I never actually prayed (except a few times in which they were left obviously unanswered) then at age 11 I became Atheist of my own accord.
Although my parents and family never knew I was Atheist. They still believed I was Catholic. They always had a habit of ignoring the issue on many if not all occasions. At age 15 in High School, I became Agnostic, but with a Satanic overtone. That is, a few people thought I was Satanic (in which of course I told them that) but it was a teenage phase in which I loved wearing black and listening to Death Metal and Black Metal. But I was Agnostic because I truly didn't know if God existed or not, and didn't show much care.
After High school, I had a bit of a religious thing going on, in which I became heavily paranoid. I was miserable, my parents have been a huge thorn in my side for the longest time and still are. But when I actually did research, looked up Atheism, I watched Bill Maher's Religulous, had a time in which I researched Religious history. I watched past news sessions online which involved religion, and watched some of Richard Dawkin's debates and Christopher Hitchens too, I became Fascinated with Atheism actually.
It felt good being an Atheist. When I found out Evolution was a fact and theory, in which before I was in an environment in which it was just a belief, like God, I felt liberated. The paranoia went away. The anger and sadness went away. And even though I feel great resentment towards my parents because of issues with them all my life, I feel at peace.
I know Religious people say the same with their "experiences" but I can safely say they don't know the true feeling of "peace". The feeling of the world's weight is off your shoulders. A sense of freedom you never felt before. It felt so good.
So after deciding I'm through with religion, I became Anti-Religious and a Secular Humanist.
My only true goal being to settle down with a wife and kids would be enough. But I wanna contribute to the cause that Christopher and Richard are doing. It is a dream I tend to try and make a reality.
Sorry for the long ramblings, just thought I should try and make myself feel at home. :)
Thanks for reading, again my name is Daniel and I am 20.