Greetings, Michelle! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus lately. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
Howdy. I myself tried religion when I was in the 3ed grade. It wasn't for me. First, you had to actually get up early on Sunday. This wasn't even a school day! Then put on your suit and TIE! Then I had to go to Sunday School. That was just not right.
Then to the church service. The guy giving the talk said be good or go to hell. Okay, got it. But how many times did he have to repeat the darn thing?
Well, then when that got old (as it did every time I went) I couldn't look out the windows. They had it blocked with this colored glass. Some had pictures and others just chunks of the colored glass stuck in there.
Then, to top it all off, they actually passed these metal plates around and you had to put money in the thing.
Nope, sorry. After a couple of months, my mother asked if I still wanted to go. I said, "No."
Sigh...my only concern is those who have to go back every week to be reminded to be good..... Makes me think I just kinda gotta watch those people...
Wow, I thought that was a great article! It speaks to many of the feelings I've had. I wonder how many other women are out there, pushing away feelings of inadequacy in order to be accepted at church. Too many, for sure.