"I am not sure if it is the influence of anti-religion on you-tube or through the media. I don't think that gives our younger generation enough credit. I think alot of it is the evolution of man, it is not as condemning as it once was to…"
Wow-what a story. That's got to build some character. I admire you for seeing the light and not seeing your life as a "miracle" for not dying. I would have expected that to be the conclusion of a strong Christian rather than the path you have taken, but I don't know all of the details. When did you find out you weren't "terminal like the first told you?
I'm not really a transplant. I've always lived in this general area.
I'm glad to hear that your husband is "non-religious" I was worried that you were really all alone there. My wife is unfortunately a Christian, but I wonder how seriously she takes it. She doesn't like to be challenged on it, so it doesn't really come up unless the kids are involved.
Thanks for the comment on my Youtube discussion I started.
Do you like Christopher Hitchens? I found an awesome youtube audio conversation between him and a Christian on a radio program. He got very aggressive with the Christian, which he usually refrains from. It was just fun to hear him really rip into someone and not hold back. He amazes me with his vocabulary. Anyway if you want to watch it it's called "Christopher Hitchens owns slave to Jesus" (youtube) Check it out if you have time and tell me what you think.
Lisa, I almost forgot, one way that I try to get a hint as to how a person leans on religion is to ask how they think Obama is doing. If they like Obama, that might be a good hint that they at least have some liberal leanings and possibly not very religious. Just wanted to share that.
Lisa, I was at a party at one of my wife's friends house the other day and had to sit across from a table while a lady was telling everyone how she thinks that Obama is setting the stage for the anti-Christ. She "knows" that Obama is not the anti-Christ himself, because of what Revelations say, but he is "evil", just not the anti-Christ (this is a woman who is on our public school board). I almost bit my tongue in half trying not to call her an idiot. I held back for my wife's sake. Anyway, I know how you feel there are plenty of those type around here too. I have to ask, how did you end up in Oklahoma?
Lisa, I guarantee you are not the only atheist within 100 mi. I live in Missouri and used to think the same thing. Now I've met probably 10 or 11 atheist/agnostics in my town (about 35000 pop.) and I really don't know that many people. The thing I've found is that most free thinkers just don't give a rip about organizing or announcing their lack of belief. Did you transplant to this place, or did you grow up there? Just start throwing out hints and asking people about their beliefs (indirectly) you might be surprised. Good luck.
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