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"I don't believe in gods."
"You're not Christian?"
"But you were baptized. Your parents are Christian."
"Yes, I was baptized and my parents were Christian. I am an atheist."
"So you don't believe in anything?"
"What made you turn away from God?"
"What made you turn away from leprechauns?"
I am getting terribly frustrated lately with a certain experience, and the more I think on it, the more I believe it to be a common one among Americans and maybe the world in general. The experience I refer to is in trying to express myself to a religious person and having that person cut off the conversation because my facts or opinions make them uncomfortable.…Continue
I'd like to think that I came from a typical American family. We had a roof over our heads, although it was cramped at times. We had clothes to wear, but rarely anything brand name. We routinely had doctor and dentist visits. We always had enough to eat, thanks to my dad's hard work and later, my mother's as well when she didn't need to be watching the kids any longer.
I was more insulated than most from certain things; I only had one relative who had been divorced (an…Continue
I can't say that any one large issue made me decide to leave my church. Mostly it was the little things, building up over time until I couldn't possibly count them all. But this one time...
I was a teenager and I needed a new car. I had a wonderful, reliable car for two years before my eldest brother borrowed it and then snapped part of the frame by locking the brakes over a curb in winter. He was (and still is, I think) a lousy driver. So I purchased…Continue