Thanks for your lengthy comment, really, it was interesting. Makes me feel like I should check out Oregon:) I feel kind of sad that people want to go to church becuase it is the right thing to do, but there are a lot of things we do that is because we feel pressured to do so.
Welcome to Oregon Atheists. Waldport huh? Probably not too many atheists in that little town. :) I live in Eugene but I just visited some friends in Waldport 2 weeks ago. Small world - I went to St. Cloud State too (but many years before you) - are you originally from Minnesota?
Hiello Fern, and welcome to this friendly meeting place with freethinkers like you who recognise that gods are phoney and religion is a great fraud aimed at controlling vulnerable superstitious people, including especially defenceless children; and
how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and even longer.