Michigan Atheists


Michigan Atheists

Group for atheists in Michigan... the only state shaped like a giant mitten.

Location: michigan
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Latest Activity: Sep 21

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anyone around the madison heights,warren royal oak area?

Started by michael piusinski. Last reply by Michael Pianko Jul 16, 2014. 2 Replies

Cadillac/Manistee/T.C. Area

Started by Lorene K Johnson. Last reply by Lorene K Johnson Jul 8, 2014. 3 Replies

Portage / Kalamazoo

Started by Brandon Captain. Last reply by Chad Horvath Mar 13, 2012. 1 Reply

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Comment by Mike Baptista on October 10, 2011 at 8:55pm

Hey Brian,

I need to rack my brain a little more for GR proper, but not too far away in Kalamazoo is a great restaurant called Food Dance.  They have a little market in house, a bar, and sit-down dining.  Also great in Kzoo is Bell's Brewery.


I worked for a Creamery in Ann Arbor that sold cheese and gelato to food dance so i went out several times to demo product and eat goodies.


GR isn't the most exciting foodie town but I'll keep thinking.  But, the best peanut butter ever made comes from grand rapids - Koeze Cream-Nut.  Grab a jar, a good loaf of bread and some local preserves and you'll never look at a PBJ the same.

Comment by Brian Forsythe on October 10, 2011 at 6:41pm

Hey, I'm stuck in Grand Rapids a week or two of every month. Who wants to hang out? What's more, is there any place to get anything edible around here?

Comment by AtheistTech on September 21, 2011 at 11:42pm
Comment by AtheistTech on September 21, 2011 at 11:36pm
My daughter sells what see calls Lollipails. They look like flower arrangements in a colorful pail, but the flowers are lollipops. If you are interested visit Leah's Lollipails. Livonia Area
Comment by Scary Guy on July 19, 2011 at 5:42pm

I say discuss it over with the other atheists you know.  Maybe make a group in secret (If anyone asks just tell them it's Wicca or something since they don't seem to care about that.  Although they might not believe you because it's not Jr. High lol)


I wasn't ostracized for being an atheist, I was ostracized for being a goth (and before that just for being weird.)


I can't mention this video enough though http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YxdM1WChHc and if I didn't have to go DJ I'd probably sit and watch it again.  The video makes a lot of points but the one I'm talking about is that the strongest thing anyone can do for the community is to come out as an Atheist.  The video parallels our movement with the gay movement of the 1970's.  Statistics show that tolerance will go up as people are more accepting if they knows a homosexual/atheist personally.  Unlike the movement of the 1970's, most of us in this country at least have the luxury of not getting violently attacked for our beliefs.


At the very least try to find a friend who can drive and ask them if they would like to attend one of the meetings.  I haven't been to one of these since October when I started this DJ gig but I really did enjoy going when I could make it.  I've met a lot of good people through it and it has been a blast.  http://www.meetup.com/Detroit-Atheists/messages/boards/


But of course in the end the decision is yours.  It could either turn into people couldn't care less about it, or it could turn into this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTRDRP2n4Sk.


Best of luck either way :)

Comment by Nichole Yettaw on July 19, 2011 at 3:49pm
TheCraziestAtheist is right, of course--only you can assess your situation. It's rather unfortunate that you feel you have to hide who you are, though (ah, but is that not the very definition of high school for some of us?) I hope you find the support you are looking for here, if it cannot be found at school :) btw, verbal abuse is not to be taken lightly--if you're being bullied, you should tell someone about it. You shouldn't be abused for your beliefs (or lack thereof). You don't go to a religious school, do you?
Comment by Eric T on July 19, 2011 at 7:24am
Emily, You are the only one who can assess your situation and determine whether starting a group at your HS is a good idea. My personal opinion is that it probably is not a good idea. High School life is difficult enough as it is, why make it more difficult. When you get to college you will meet a lot of other people like you and there will very likely be an atheist group at almost any college you go to. Life is much better beyond HS. Perhaps (if you can drive?) you can look for a group outside of school if one exists locally? Otherwise, you at least have this social network =)
Comment by Telliyah Kennedy on July 18, 2011 at 10:54pm
Oh yes it doesn't take the fact away that they are doing it at all, and I think everyone has feel for the peer pressure bug, I know I did a few times in high school which are just like you said laughable now.
Comment by Nichole Yettaw on July 18, 2011 at 10:39pm
Hm, just because they don't realize they're being hypocrites doesn't make them any less hypocritical. But I do agree that peer pressure and being accepted are huge (and unavoidable) things in high school. Striving to fit in with people like that is laughable now, but back in the day I'm sure I did my best to remain quiet and unnoticed.
Comment by Telliyah Kennedy on July 18, 2011 at 10:25pm
Nicole you are so right about high school being not an easy time, but I think that it has to deal with peer pressure and being accepted rather then them being hypocrites because at that age you don't think about what your saying, it's just someone that is different from what they were brought up to think because they still have there parents influence on them still, but I do agree that starting an atheist club can be hard and it can be helpful too because I to do doubt that she's the only atheist in the entire school.

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