Hi Amanda, and welcome to this friendly meeting place where we recognise--like you do as a freethinker--that all gods are phoney and religions are cunning frauds used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.
Actually I just moved from Asheville to Chapel Hill last July so that my wife could get her doctorate. But we will certainly be moving back as soon as she finishes. Asheville is where my heart is.
Congratulations on being able to break away from the horrors of fundamentalism. I've found the healing process to be slow, but worthwhile in the end. Hit me up if you ever need to talk. I'm also on facebook if you're interested. =)