Dougibert, it was enough information to earn my sincere condolences...
...and to stir my appreciation for living in the SF Bay Area,
Most of the xians in my life know I'm a way-out-of-the-closet atheist, although a few like the word agnostic more.
Xians who lecture me will probably hear me say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. More polite xians might hear me say that if I hadn't spent twelve years in Catholic schools I might still believe their god exists.
Welcome to A/N.
I like your comment that "religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind." I'll try to remember it.
Your post makes me want to move back to the Bay Area. : )
Just the right amount of info. And you are right on target.
The problem is, you have just described most of NC, SC, GA, MS, LA, and most of TX.
A lot of people think this country's problem is too many people turning gay, or too many minorities, or too many immigrants.
No, the main problem with this country is too many people who identify themselves as christians, even through the biblical christ (not sure there is or is not a historical christ) would be outraged that they were using his name in vain.
I agree with Tom S. Condolences. I live close to the heart of mormonism, but it's not nearly that bad.
Dougibert, not too much information, in fact, information that needs to get a toehold in your area of the nation. There are more atheists hiding in the closets than there are KKK steamrolling the population. One atheist, joining with other atheists can change a culture. Religious will use threats and intimidation to keep us quiet.
The strength of atheism is the abundant evidence of evolution and the ways that valuing nature can bring about a sense of purpose and meaning without the threats and promises of hell and heaven. Perceiving human beings as a part of nature instead of the master of it, brings far more happiness.
Gus I agree with your statement,
"No, the main problem with this country is too many people who identify themselves as christians,"
People, under the influence of religious dogma, build upon a foundation of erroneous assumptions and faulty principles. Until and unless they are voted out of offices, local and national, we will continue to have our laws made by deluded people, following like sheep to the slaughter, the moneyed oligarchs.
ABSOLUTELY!!!! to Joan Denoo. This can be proven by looking at the anti- gay laws, the anti-imnmigration laws, the anti- science laws, anti-poor laws that these fine christian politicians push all the time.
Every day I am proud that I don't believe all that stuff any more, despite having it pushed down my thoat in years of Sunday School and church, and 5 years at a "christian" liberal arts college which required DAILY chapel attendance.
So, what "christian" liberal arts college did you go to Gus? I also went to one of those called Judson in Elgin Illinois. They don't like me posting anything on their Alumni facebook page any more.
Evangel College, Springfield, Missouri.
Springfield had 5 colleges:
Southwest Missouri State College (now Southwest Missouri University)
Drury College, which was some sort of innocuous christian (luthern? episcopalian?)
The Southern Baptist Bible College
The Assemblies of God Bible College, and
Evangel College, which was the liberal arts college of the Assemblies of God.
Then, on top of that, the Assembly of God business headquarters was in Springfield.
We used to joke that if there was a three-car pileup, at least two drivers would be praying.
Wow, you were surrounded. So do christians who are praying while driving close their eyes and take their hands off the wheel, or do they know deep down in their hearts who is really in control of their car. And on a related thought, do they have medical wrist bands that say "In case of injury or sickness, take me to church where they can all gather to pray for me to be healed."
When I was mormon, I briefly dated a mormon girl that told me if I had faith, I would not wear seat belts. But even she wasn't crazy enough to tell me to take my hands off the wheel.