"Or I guess the church's wealth, while preaching about helping the poor, and their treatment of women etc. I'm an ex but I rejected it before I was 12 and you're right about the pointless ceremonies - I remember as a child wondering…"
Greetings,Mairin! I see you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since 2009. We have a new group where you might feel more at home. Please consider joining Hang With Friends , where we can share our stories and laugh, and discuss anything on our minds.
As a Melbournian, you should also know about the forthcoming Rise of Atheism Global Atheist Convention to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 12-14 March 2010. Speakers will include Richard Dawkins, PZ Myers, Peter Singer and many more.
Information about this and a lot of other Australian atheist info is on our group page.