Where to start off? Introductions must be in order my name is Ryan Hlawek. 18 and living in the small town of Gilbert, Arizona.
I was born and raised strict Southern Baptist, in a near cult like atmosphere. From an early age I was always afraid of my "Church.
If you could even call it such. Warnings of eternal damnation and hellfire were common occurences as well as the thought that their god is an angry vengeful being.
When I hit fifteen years of age I dove into reading books highly criticized by the church, Nietzche, and Hitchens, the two most widely loathed authors. I always doubted the existence of any sort of god, but reading the works of authors who were also atheists made me sure of it.
It's a struggle in this town to find a like-minded group. Seeing as this town is mostly those of mormon descent.
I must say I am excited to talk to everyone.