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North Carolina Atheists

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YMCA - what can you tell me about it

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Atheist Dating in the bible belt

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Comment by Joseph P on September 9, 2010 at 12:13pm
Yeah, the Triangle group is around that, with the active membership. We had a recent explosion of membership, over the past couple of months. One of the general social events had something like 50 or 60 people show up. We had a gamer night, a little before that, with about 30.
Comment by Hemlock4 on September 9, 2010 at 5:21am
Joseph P - the Charlotte member roster lists 964 members, but some are just one time visitors. It looks like the monthly social meeting has been having between 40 & 60 people show up. Much better than the 8-10 we used to sporadically have back when JP and I first joined in 2002-ish.
Comment by Joseph P on September 8, 2010 at 10:40pm
Yeah, not horrible. Is there a decent-sized atheist group in the Charlotte area? We've got quite a few in the Triangle group, which isn't that much larger than the Charlotte metro area.
Comment by Brian Roemer on September 8, 2010 at 9:45pm
Hey, Mooresville, NC here.

Just north of Charlotte. :)
Comment by Joseph P on September 2, 2010 at 11:08am
the intercessor of our prayers to god the father

So, let me see if I've got this straight. God is an ass who would ignore our prayers if Jesus didn't get them to Him?

And no, I'm not picking on your wording. I've heard it phrased the same way by multiple groups of Christians.
Comment by aerie on September 2, 2010 at 6:47am
The idea being: god is our heavenly father, & other christians are our brothers & sisters in christ jesus, not sure why jesus wouldn't be our brother too, but the baptists secretly frown on 'downgrading' him to a mere brother....at least he's not widely referred to that way, but rather savior, the intercessor of our prayers to god the father, even a 'friend' at times (I never claimed any of it made sense but "what a friend we have in cheeses" is a parody of a popular baptist hymn). There's also "cheeses of nazareth" & somewhere on flickr someone drew some cheese laying on a cross & hysterically calls it "cheeses on the cross".

I may have heard one reference to jesus as brother in my indoctrination, but he's too important to their fairytale for him to be an 'equal' or 'lateral' to dirty, sinful humans! Despite being 'born' human & whatever the 'family tree' would/should show.

I never realized I had absorbed so much of that christian, baptist-bible-crap until I became an atheist & actually needed to call upon the 'facts' as xtians see them. Imagine my shock as a 'new creature in christ' when I realized church still sucked despite being 'born again'. I secretly hated church & 'preachin' as a xtian, & sunday school was just icky & horrible, esp as a child.

I guess I wasn't a 'true' christian, huh? *cue my eyes rolling*
Comment by Goz on September 2, 2010 at 5:45am
I've also heard "your family in christ"...Have no idea what that even means.
Yeah,I'd think family values would mean different things for different families as well.
Comment by aerie on September 2, 2010 at 2:45am
Maybe it's a southern expression, but never-the-less, it's just more meaningless, feel-good appeal to peoples' emotions of "home, acceptance, love, your family in Christ"; all of which, are lies.

I'm pretty sure it's in the same vein as "family values". I mean wtf does that really mean? Aren't family values different for each family? For example, my family did not value dogs in the house but my friend's family valued their dogs' presence in the bed w/ them. Silly I know, but so is their idealistic notion of xtian family values.

Or idk, maybe their family values are the same as their "patriotism"? You know: god 'n country, the flag, war, apple pie, fried chicken, baseball, sunday school, whoopin' the youngins (spare the rod & similar parenting skills), pick-up trucks, gun racks, racism...I digress.

It's just a phrase in 'christianese' similar to "I'll pray for you" ("you godless, headed-for-hell-anyway heathen").
Comment by Joseph P on September 2, 2010 at 12:54am
"Do you have a church home?" What does that even mean?
Comment by aerie on September 1, 2010 at 11:03pm
@Ronnie Swain: Welcome! I'm familiar w/ Monroe & have distant cousins there & in Charlotte & Mint Hill areas.

Non-believers are in all corners of the South, whether we're welcome by the religionistas or not! They need to figure out that a good conversation starter is NOT: "so what church do you go to?" or "do you have a church home?". It's amazing the level of religious presumption that exists in the south. If we protest too loudly they cry persecution but make no apologies for asking personal questions when they come to my door on Sat mornings! A huge sense of entitlement for the religious; I guess b/c they 'know god' it gives them license to ask intrusive, personal questions 'cuz they're in the bizness of 'saving souls''. It's similar to "lyin' for jesus". I call it being 'obnoxious for jesus'. The means justify the ends when done under the cover of jesus! *eye rolls*
End of my rant!
 

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