I'm a musician in Nashville. I'm originally from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where I was raised in the Church of Christ. The very conservative anti-science thinking screwed up my worldview for a long time. I still have a major guilt complex from it. I stopped attending church around 17 or 18, but it took me until I was 22 to realize that there was no magic being in the sky looking out for me, that I should have paid more attention in science classes, that people who didn't follow the Bible to the letter were not in danger of burning in a lake of fire (and thus were not in need of "saving"), and that I had probably been behaving very ridiculously for my entire life but had not been self-aware enough to realize it. It's been kind of awkward transitioning. I tried being "agnostic" for a while, but with a little help from Richard Dawkins I realized that I was really just an atheist. Or rather I just don't believe. Calling myself an atheist implies that I'm a member of some kind of group that is lumped together because of what the members refuse to believe rather than what they do. I kind of don't like the idea, but I do think that due to the state of things in this culture (U.S.A./Bible Belt) it has become important for atheists to find each other, discuss ideas, and "come out" so that we can no longer be marginalized. I realize it's a long time coming because God is such a taboo, but there are so many nonbelievers out there who are either terrified that they'll be punished with hell, terrified of the social repercussions, or maybe they're just a couple of science lessons away from realizing the difference between fact and... nonsense. I'm ready to learn more and try and make a difference.
Hope I meet some interesting people here!
I'm a musician in the Nashville area.
Most of our activity here in West TN revolves around our meetup groups - we have a free thought and an atheist group that are pretty active. Send me you You Tube channel link so I can check it out. Glad you are here.
Hey everybody, I'll be moving to Nashville this summer.
I once had a car burst into flames in a parking lot after a trip I took to an atheist rally.
You really should know better than to try and park in a church parking lot. LOL!
Me and my family have been living near Cookeville, TN for the last 4 years. It is saturated with churches and religion. My children's school has a huge white bible predominately displayed in their lobby. When asked, they claim it has historical value and 'deters the devil'. I have two sons--ages 16 & 8--that attend this school (and they still spank which blows my mind). I actually witnessed a man dragging a cross down Hwy 111 with a bunch of brightly colored signs stuck to it a couple of years ago.
Any atheist/freethinkers in Clarksville, TN want to have a get together? I've been an atheist since my teens, but have only recently felt the urge to seek out my fellow non-believers. I have lived in Clarksville since 1972 and find the religious atmosphere here really repressive. I'd dearly love to be able to sit down and chat with others of like mind and maybe have a few laughs together.
I'm a retired systems administrator who is a lifelong geek -- I love science and speculating about the future, have been a scifi fan since my teens. Let's get together!