You are most welcome! Always glad to come across another rational human being...anywhere in the world they are ;) BTW...just got my Rosetta Stone to learn Japanese. Maybe I'll test ma skillz on ya sometime?? lol
Not sure really why he thought my animals had evil spirits. I have heard from others that 'The Endtimers' have these beliefs. But, for me, this guy is the only one of the followers I have actually spoken to for any length of time. So based on this, I am not sure if it is his membership to this church or for some other reason.
Congrats. on the 'Navy Chaplin'. I am sure you assisted in some way. Even if it was just to open the door to reexamination.
There are definitely Atheist in Lake City. I encounter an atheist about every couple of months or so. They really pop out of the woodwork when a certain topic stimulates their reaction.
My daughter recently got married. And, I couldn't be more proud. For starters; My daughter and her new husband are both Atheist. His parents, two brothers and one of the wives are all Atheist. So getting together over the weekend is a blast! And, all of us can talk up a storm about Atheist speakers, shows and events without any ill effects.
In fact, when I went to the wedding it was about 95% Atheist. Loved it!
I too went through a deep depression after my divorce. That was in 2002. And, in 2003 he took his life. Which toppled me over again. It is amazing how much can be lost due to depression. It took a couple of years to rebuild my life. Now I am happy and certainly not complaining.
We are here! As you already know, I am an Atheist. An open Atheist. It can be difficult here in this part of the woods as the natives are insane god fearing mouth pieces. I do find myself continuously having to explain why I am moral and that I am not a satan worshiper as they seem to suggest... Unfortunately, for them, the land prices and for those whom love the outdoors, this area is a haven. Bringing in Atheist such as myself. Pooey on them!
Little story... About 4 years ago I had a metal roof installed. About half way through the installation I was speaking with the foreman. He began proselytizing to me. He was concerned about my animals. As he felt they were harboring evil spirits. I asked him what church he belonged to, where he replied; that he was the usher for the Meade Industries church here in Lake City. Fearing for the professionalism in my roof installation I kept quiet. Upon the end of the installation I informed him of my none belief. He was incredibly confused. As he couldn't figure out how such a nice person could be so nice without god. We had a few hour conversation upon my announcement of being an Atheist. I honestly feel he was quite engaged with my honesty. I apologized to him for not being forefront prior to the end of my roof installation. Explaining to him that Atheist do at times deal with prejudice attitudes. Where I had to be cautious.
Though, I have frequent encounters such as the above, this one in particular sticks out as to my animals having evil spirits and the way in which I handled the situation. Normally I am quite open with my Atheism from the beginning.
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