Hello, just a brief intro into my situation....
I am a 31 year old atheist/non-theist from the thriving academic hot-bed that is West Wales, UK, where men are neanderthal and the sheep are scared (for those not in the know, Wales is a small country/principality to the left of England).
I have taught Science at secondary level (Ages 11-18) for 9 years, and have always tried to get pupils to critically think about the natural world. Qualified in Genetics and Zoology, I managed to settle in the field of Physics...nope, not even I can understand how I managed that.
My background involves being raised in an environment where links to religion were never an issue (apart from a bat-guano insane Great Aunt who would ramble on about the wrath of God), it has only, since moving into firstly the University environment, and then when first becoming a teacher (especially in a school with close links to a church) that religion has come up in any capacity.....and quite frankly it worries me, mainly in the way it seems that alot of it contravenes freedom of thought.
Anyway thats a basic background, and the reason I find myself here, and if anyone wants to ask about anything feel free.
Have a good one!