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Comment by Rechelle on March 11, 2011 at 6:16pm

Hey Dr. Cruise,

My husband grew up just south of you (Plainville).  We are in eastern Kansas now (Wamego).  I feel very alone myself in my views regarding religion, but I can only imagine what it would be like in the hinterland.  Glad you are here. 

Comment by Dr. Cruise on March 11, 2011 at 4:57pm
Thanks for the welcome Dianna. I have also joined the
freedom from religion foundation. I feel it's important to preserve the separation of church and state. I live in an extremely religious community, so lines get blurred from time to time.
Sounds like you have the same idea I did about facebook. When I came out as an agnostic (I am an atheist now) it drew a considerable amount of attention and concern from family and friends! I actually decided to post some of the more "interesting" bible verses word for word from the RSV. Even though it was the supposed "word of god" it started making people extremely angry and I ended up getting into some interesting debates! I must say though, it was fun!
Comment by Dianna Barnes on March 11, 2011 at 3:44pm
Welcome Dr. Cruise! I am sorry you feel alone. I hope that being here will help. I doubt you are the only one with your views. We need a voice in our communities, in this country. There are groups that are being active in doing just that. It irks me to listen to those with no background in science, compare their beliefs to science. I plan on posting some info on facebook about the spring equinox and toss in a little bit of ancient pagan beliefs. I don't want to change anyone, I just don't think it hurts to poke them with a stick now and then. :)
Comment by Dr. Cruise on March 10, 2011 at 9:15pm
Hi everyone, Just wanted to be part of a group close to home.  I deconverted from Christianity about 6 years ago after doing extensive research on evolution, abiogenesis, and religious history.  I feel we need to take a stand against creationists who would have our kids brainwashed in our public schools. It is such a shame that there is all that great scientific information out there and our children are pushed into considering intelligent design, as if it were a true scientific theory. I feel so alone where I live because of my views. 
Comment by linda wagner on March 4, 2011 at 11:12am
Thanks for the Welcome, I'm not new here. I'm not really new any where. UM
Comment by joeyess on March 4, 2011 at 12:23am
welcome, Wichita and Ottawa!
Comment by linda wagner on March 3, 2011 at 5:02pm
Wichita here.
Comment by Tyler J. Jenkins on March 3, 2011 at 3:35pm
Anyone around Ottawa?
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on February 22, 2011 at 10:12pm
i think initially it is easier for theists, however, over time, I am beginning to think it is easier for atheists.  My father died last summer.  I think I cried harder than almost everyone, but I am doing better nine months later.  For one thing, I'm not counting the months.  I wouldn't have realized it had been 9 months if a relative hadn't pointed it out to me a few days ago.  I am so sorry about your cat.  My kitty is 10 and it would break my heart to loose him.
Comment by Ken on February 22, 2011 at 9:01pm
Sorry to hear about your cat Dianna. Our beagle (named after Darwin) passed away last October. He was part of the family for over 16 years and it has left a hole in our lives. We do take comfort in that we were with him when he passed and he had a very good life.

I think you are correct about the appeal of life after death for theists. In my opinion it is an easy answer or crutch for them. We have to make the most of our time while we are alive and we will live on through the memories of our friends and family. All the more reason to reach out and positively affect as many people as possible.

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