I am so happy to join you all on this wonderful site. :) I was born into a Catholic family, but stopped going to church when I was 16. I've been a non-theist for most of my life. I didn't give religion much thought over the years because it didn't really have a major impact on my life. When it came to my family, it was more or less a "go along to get along" thing.
Just a few years ago my niece met and married a "born-again Christian". She started trying to push her religious beliefs down my throat. I was having none of that shit! So, I looked around the internet and found a wealth of information and ammunition to fire back at her. She finally backed off....and she and her husband don't talk to me anymore. Whatever! They live in Louisiana, so it's not like I see them every day. Unfortunately, her "religion virus" spread to her father (my little brother). Now he's become overly pious and has revisited his Catholic roots. He doesn't want to talk to me either because I DARE to make fun of religion! LOL I told him he needs to grow up and get over it!!
Since then I have been more and more OUT as an Atheist. I've joined groups and have a whole bunch of podcasts that I listen to every week. My mom and dad seem to be "tolerating" my views okay, as do my older brother and 2 sisters....as well as my boyfriend. I try not to force my views on people around me, unless they try to push their crazy beliefs on me first. Of course, I can't help but share the humor and idiocy of religion, as there is so much out there to choose from. We can all use a good laugh now and then, right?
Well, my little introduction is turning into a novel, so I better stop for now. I hope to pop in here quite often, to make new friends and talk to rational people. :) Cheers!