Hello! In the way of an introduction; I'm so glad to be here. I have explored the site a little and can't believe there are so many members!
As I said in the title, I AM stuck in the closet in the bible belt of Tennessee. I support myself and would suffer at the local level if I came out at this point in my career. It's kinda that risky suffice it to say...
That being said; that's why I've joined here. I want a place to come, make friends, meet people, discuss and commiserate, and vent about my situation. If there's anyone on here in Tennessee, please give me a shout. There are a few other people I've met in Memphis/Knoxville/Chattanooga so I know I'm not alone but it's a very small percent: but growing!
I happen to be an oddity here. I was brought up in an atheist home and am really grateful to my openminded parents for bringing me up that way..waaaaay back in the 60s and yes, right here in the BIBLE BELT of the south in the good 'ol US of A. Furthermore, if there were anyway to find out exactly how many churches are say in 'my town' I would bet money we beat anywhere else in the country for the number of churches per capita.
Anyway; so glad to be here! Looking forward to the forums at the nex!
The website really looks great and has lots of good links to other sites which I love.
I saw some way cool double helix earrings that I just got to have. :)
You're one of those "out there"! atheists. Grats to you, too. When I become independently wealthy; I bet I'll join you. Just not yet.
Good that the judge agreed with you on that, wasn't that taking a risk?
Well, anyway, love the tie.
Makes a great Father's Day, Birthday, or other present.
I just wanted to invite you to a church per capita challenge. :) I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Our town has been known for decades as "The City of Churches" later changed to "The City of Churches and Stoplights", Lol! It has been said(with no proof of course) that we have the most churches per capita. I will try and research this and get some statistics.
Hey! I recognize that hat!! How are you, god?!! :D
Churches closing; good thing.
You're right, Pangea Girl, about educators having to be careful, although science teachers have powerful allies such as the National Council for Science Education (ncse.com).
I follow Americans United (au.org) and of course the ACLU (aclu.org); they are constantly warning school boards against putting religion into public schools. A few school boards ignore the warnings, lose in court and have to pay the winners' legal costs, often as much as several hundred thousand dollars.