Hello, I just joined this site today but I have considered myself an atheist for almost 10 years. I am 31 years old and live near Chicago, formerly from Michigan. I was raised catholic and was forced to go to church every Sunday until I was 16 then I got a job where I had to work every Sunday morning (thank you!).
I always hated church and religion but I still believed some of the BS. To be honest, I had never heard of an atheist or agnostic and I never knew anyone that was non-religious when I was younger. Around the age of 22 I started hearing this term "atheist" and I felt that it was a good way to describe my belief (or non-belief).
Probably the biggest factor in me identification with atheism has been through music. When I started listening to bands like Bad Religion and NOFX, a lot of their songs were anti-religion and pro-atheism...it really helped to convince me that I was on the right path.
I have been openly atheist for a long time, I don't try to hide it and I'm proud to be an atheist American!
Welcome Alec and since you hail from Michigan are you a upper or a troll..
Welcome, Alec. Congratulations on being an open, proud and atheist American.
Welcome, glad to have you here
Welcome, and congratulations on your pride to be who you are. I call myself Humanist, or if pressed agnostic, but I realized a while back that, when it comes to the god of Abraham and Isaac, I'm an atheist -- I not only don't worship him; I wouldn't even like him. Whatever you want to talk about, somebody here will chime in and agree, set you straight, or both.