I went to your links and understand more what Steampunk is. I grew up in a 100 year old house, and my Great-Aunt's house was even older. There were touches of Steampunk in both places. Same thing here about the precipitation. Our Mt. Waialeale is one of the rainiest spots on earth, averaging 544 inches of rain per year. But now, it's down to about 350 inches. Global warming, I suppose.
I have been an atheist since at least the fifth grade. I say that because I remember telling one of my classmates that I didn't believe in god at that time. Before that time, I absorbed some of the ideas about Christianity passively from television, adult conversations, and the few experiences I had with church.
Most of my family were atheists by default. They never spoke of god, openly made fun of fanatics, but just never said the words, "I don't believe." Religion played no conscious roll in our family llife, although the religiously "moral" impact could be felt. "Sex" was a dirty word, and women who dressed at all provocatively were "whores." Go figure.
I think that is mainly true Dave but "Cretin"ist schools are creeping into this country as well.. I think generally Britain is less religious and we don't have the level of fanaticism over here that there sems to be in parts of the US. We do have a growing Muslim population in this country though that are forming a fanatical wing.. and I am really, really not a fan of Islam at all..
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