I made it clear to my family that I had mountains of evidence that gods do not exist, so would not stand for any god talk. They don't try to convert me, but still talk with each other about their beliefs while I'm present, so I don't visit them anymore. It's too irritating, and sad. Sad that they're still brainwashed, and especially sad to see them brainwashing children. It makes me depressed, so I have to avoid them for my own sanity.
Compared to the Philly area where I was born and raised, the pacnw is much more my style! There are many more "spiritual" people than religious, but still... Luckily I am married to a Catholic who accepts me just the way I am! I raised three kids who are atheists, their choice as I never closed any doors they wanted to look through, so I have my own little world where I am comfortable.
I LOVE to debate, especially with believers- sadly no one wants to be on the opposing side. :(
The whole brainwashing thing floors me. Blind faith in a mean, vindictive, spiteful, omnipotent presence is so mind blowing to me!
Hmm, do you have that much trouble finding like minds, in your area? I would have thought you would have a lot of like-minded people, in the Seattle area. Then again, despite being fairly atheistic, you get a lot of new-age woo and Asian traditional mysticism bullshit, in the Pacific Northwest, don't you? Are you finding yourself awash in that sort of nonsense or something?