I have been away from this site for a while and hence the late reply. Since I have moved here I find myself progressively more isolated and alienated by the local populace, but I am positive a community of freethinkers does exist here in Utah. PM when you have a moment and let's get to know each other!
Welcome to friendly Atheist Nexus,
and join active groups like "Origins" which discusses and seeks to understand Origins of Life, Universe, Earth, Humans, Religion and so on. Terry Meaden (academic too)