"Godwin's Law specifically excludes people making appropriate comparisons to the behavior or actions of actual Nazis/Hitler.
And it isn't just totalitarian tendencies, GC.…"
"Once you get well above $10 million, it ceases to be money for the purposes of living comfortably. Let's be realistic; you could spend a lot more than the interest off of $10 million. Assuming a 5% ROI ... sure, I could spend over…"
"Yeah, from what I've heard of him, he's a damned good scholar. The fundamentalist nuts like Lee Strobel, William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, and Frank Turek love to bash on him in their books, since they hate the Jesus Seminar.…"
"That's the sort of thing I've been saying for a while now. Interviewers need to grow some freaking balls and ask the question again and again and again, until they get a satisfactory answer. Say that she hasn't answered…"
"I've already written both of my senators about that and other issues ... not that it will matter, since they're both extremist conservatives. My congressman is G.K. Butterfield, who is already doing everything I could want him to…"
"Sure, he's an atheist. So is Claudia Mancuso, that spiritualist, new-age nutter we had around here a few years back. At least I'm assuming that she's still an atheist. We haven't seen much of her lately.
"Pretty much, yeah. I have no reason to think that he's even a Christian, based upon his behavior prior to the Republican primary of the last two years.
The religious right is just a tool to him. And I suspect that he's just a…"
Thanks for the welcome. I'm still figuring out how this forum works. Yeah a bit isolated out here. My husband and I aren't local to this area as we are both west coasters. We like it here but aren't convinced that it is the safest environment for our lil non believers. They are a bit more frank and outspoken than us adults about the absurdity of religion. I teach them to respect other's beliefs and promote tolerance buy my oldest isn't good at coddling others and their unicorns. She gets bullied in school for her non beliefs and I worry that this could get worse as she gets older.
Ok, thanks. The messaging system on this site had me a little confused.
Montana is highly conservative; very few people I know share my religious or political views. Bozeman is a lot better than a lot of towns in Montana though. Being a college town brings more open minded people to the area, which is nice. I grew up in a tiny town in Montana and almost everyone there supports trump, "traditional marriage" and"putting god back in schools." And don't even talk about regulating their guns... I feel I have to censor a lot of what I say or people scream libtard.
And to be honest there's quite a bit of racism towards the Native Americans. I've heard more than a few people say, "I'm not a racist, but I hate Indians," if that makes any sense... makes me sad
So yeah, being an atheist in Montana can be pretty lonely
Well under Yugoslavia atheism was quite dominant (socialism etc), then christianity took control. Now with the immigration there is a massive almost forced conversion to islam being attempted it seems...
Hey there. It's not much different here now in "the bible belt" I'm a gay female and it hard as hell to be here. I've been here 3.5 yes now and have No friends. They do not care for my life style, they hate my music. I'm a metal head from way back. I'm sure you can imagine how I'm treated.
Thank you for your response. I really appreciate it and it makes me feel human. Here..
I'm a terrible person and I'm told constantly I'm going to hell and other such nonsense.
You got cut off on your last/second message. I assume you fell asleep? Or maybe just didn't realize it. And never apologize for rambling. I am a ramble monster myself and and I always appreciate when people can ramble back at me. Heh.
As far as having a mental illness because of indoctrination, I didn't escape that either. Although, I don't know if MY mental illness is because of being indoctrinated, but I do have a mental illness. And i was diagnosed in my early twenties, around the same time I was questioning a lot of things and such.
Hmmm, what else? Oh, magic shows and mythology. Growing up, my parents namely my dad's idea of bed time stories were of course bible stories. i didn't get exposed to greek myth or any other kind of myth until college and during my 'pagan period' as it were. I still enjoy myths, and find them interesting, but they are just as ... outlandish as xtian mythology. My mom is afraid of paranormal things which my dad watched, and I later got into. So that to a point was ... a foot in the door to being exposed to other things?
Also growing up instead of magic shows, I watched those Revival type shows on TBN, with Tim Storey or Benny Hinn. Faith Healers--for some reason as a child it fascinated me that they would 'push people over' (touch their forehead and they faint) and then 'god would heal them' I watched them over and over and over again.. like i did with certain disney movies and sesame street movies. Heh.
After I was diagnosed with my mental illness, my dad tried to take all my paranomral books away so I didn't get confused with the difference between fantasy and reality. I begged him to let me keep them, cause frankly it was the only thing i was reading at the time and the stories kept me sane, gave me something to look forward to every day. I find it odd in a way thinking back, that he didn't try to take the bible away from me too, but to him, I s'pose, that is reality.
And yeah, in regard to hiding/lying about my atheism, I am used to that. I have to lie about the other closets I am in as well, Its like a russian doll type of closet or something. I don't know, hahaha. So my dad can be comfortable in his ignorance, as I still live with him for the moment. I am hoping to move out of the bible belt and up north to either Portland, OR or Boston, MA. Maaybe even Hawaii. We'll see...