Well, I'm from Pahoa Hawaii. I came here looking for "OTHERS" and by that I mean NON-believers from Hilo side of the big island. I am from shitty Oregon Pacific NW area. But, Not shitty in a sense of the people but mostly the weather.
Anyway, as "liberal" (yes the two party system sucks ass (I vote third party)) as oregon and washington is... I'm not moving to area's for faith agendas unless it's warm and tropical weather. :) I've got plenty of guns and ammo for my god fearing friends :) That is if it ever came down to another religious war.
But I doubt it will come down to that or one can hope anyway... On that Note: If anyone on the hilo or kona side wants to get together I'm all for it!
Welcome Eric! You may not find many others from Hawaii on here but you WILL find a new community of friends from literally all over the world. Funny your attitude about Oregon weather. I have friends here in PA who are from Oregon and they are always going on about how great it is and how they want to move back there some day.
Have you considered Queensland, Australia? It is tropical and the percentage of atheists per capita is much higher than here in America (can you tell I've looked into this?) Anyway, welcome to a great community!
Hi Eric I'm live Texas but in '74 I lived a few months in Kutistown with my mother and graduated from Hilo High. A very nice place.
I am from the red, racist, biased, bible thumping, very conservative state of... Arizona! Absolutely gorgeous but too bad most of the people here are clueless about humanity.
Richard, welcome to A/N.
I lived in Phoenix for seven years and found a few non-red, non-racist, unbiased, non-bible thumping, liberal or progressive folk.
I met many in environmental groups, a few in the big singles group at the Unitarian Church, and a few in political reform groups.
Arizona needed a lot of reforming then. After I left in 1976, the FBI did a sting on legislators and a few went to prison. And, look for Don Bolles in Wikipedia. The reporter, not the musician.
Again, welome to A/N.
Alas, I reside in what is arguably the reddest state in the United States: South Carolina (near Greenville). I am originally from Syracuse, NY though, and moved here before my mind settled on atheism. Love the weather, but the inability to openly discuss my atheism without fear of negative consequence is quite stifling, as is being constantly barraged with questions like "Which church do you go to?" and "Want to join our church?" and "Have you let Jesus into your heart?" Um, none, no and most definitely no. Regardless of their misguidance though, most are otherwise really decent people (and not the nutcases [i.e. Mark Sanford] you hear about in the news), and I have no intention of moving.
By the way, Toronto is a beautiful city and I hope to return again someday.
I grew up an Air Force Brat. We moved around quite a bit. Spent my teen years in Northern Michigan and then settled in Southwest Ohio. I have lived in the Catholic stronghold that is the west side of Cincinnati for about 5 years now.
Welcome to A/N, David, from a guy who grew up on Cincy's east side, between Norwood and Hyde Park, and then in Mt Washington. It was a Catholic stronghold too; I remember only one protestant church. My dad's sister and her family lived in College Hill. Family friends lived down river from Cincy; I remember auto trips near RR tracks along the river.
Again, welcome to A/N.
Fortunately not only I was born in an Atheist family but, also, in a country where religion doesn't play an important part in people's lives.
Hello - born in Liverpool, raised in Widnes and as a condition of my adoption I had to be raised in a practicing Catholic family. So I had the altar boy duties and the inculcation, aka attempted brain-washing, from day one. Despite this none of the indoctrination made sense and I continued to question and investigate...some of the big clues that I was being duped were - why is Jesus white? Isn't original sin just a vulgar con-trick to force people to sign-up? And the notion of transubstantiation was simply ridiculous - not bad questions/statement for a 10 year old! As you can imagine I was described as a troubled child lol!
You were a perfect case of a clever boy who was far smarter than the unquestioning adulating elders.
Thank you Terry - on reflection the simple insights and questions I raised should have been indulged and any entity, be it political, spiritual, cultural, secular etc should have had the courage of their own convictions and provided answers rather than condemnation and vitriol...I guess that's why I knew all those years ago that BS is BS