Ouch. Yeah, a high school student is hardly a peer. Work also isn't much of an environment for religious discussion. It's a bit different at my office, because over half of my department is atheistic. That kind of changes the tone of the workplace a bit.
Where are all of the old guard in your group? They provide a bit of a stabilizing influence, in most groups. Most groups are full of a bunch of old, white guys.
Christ. If it's a bunch of college kids like the ones you describe are running things ... meh. That's not the way we need to represent ourselves. They could stand to take their lead from groups like the ACA. You have to educate people about atheism and skepticism, before you can try the harder tactics. Most people in Indianapolis probably only know what their preacher has told them about atheists, and it doesn't sound like your guys are going to improve things much.
Well, damn. What do you do, in that kind of situation, short of moving?
Facebook might be useful if I had more out-of-state friends I want to keep track of. About the only people I'm that concerned about keeping track of are those of my extended family, mostly in the Chicago area. For them, e-mail works quite well. Considering my atheism would be all over my Facebook page, I'd just end up annoying my nun aunt, among others.
Don't know any like-minded individuals in person? You mean atheists? Seriously? Does Indianapolis not have an active atheist group?
Admittedly, it struck me as a little on the redneck side, for a city so large, back when I lived in the Chicago area. That may not be an entirely accurate impression, though, since I've only ever been about a dozen times, if you don't count the times blowing right through it on the way from Raleigh to Chicago.
Heh, yeah, I figured something of the sort. I hope you're treating Sven reasonably well, at least?
I'd check out your Facebook profile for more info, but I've never been tempted to get an account, particularly after all of the privacy issues, and now the cookie abuse they've been engaging in. That's all just on top of my initial reason of not having any self-control and really not needing another time-sink.