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At 4:19pm on September 10, 2008, Fat Old Sun said…
Thanks for the comment

I came to my current position regarding religion through a long and slow process. I was one of those kids who asked too many questions. I was also one of the only kids that heard the regular sermon every week because I was routinely kicked out of Sunday School class and sent back to my parents. Even at four years old I was arguing with the teacher.

At about 9 or 10 years old, I decided that it wasn't just the stories that didn't make sense, but Christianity in general. I began to explore other religions, with the encouragement of a Methodist minister. This didn't sit well with the Boy Scouts.

In my late teens, I reached a point of complete indifference toward religion. I saw no need to define my position on it as it really played no part in my life. I didn't really see a problem with religion. It just wasn't for me.

By my mid twenties I had accumulated a plethora of negative experiences with religion. I had seen many friends turn on me after becoming Born Again Pod People. I also dated a Lebanese girl and became close with her family. Her brother and grandmother would have preferred that my head and neck were parted by a dull blade, but her father was a wonderful man. When asked why he left the middle east, with out a moments hesitation he responds, "to save my daughters' lives." Indifference turned to distaste, yet at the same time I became curious about Buddhism.

Late twenties - My roommate and I found enough support from each other to take that step and declare ourselves atheists. Some times all it takes is one person to let you know it's ok.



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