Welcome, Laura. It is always amazing to me how those from some of the most restrictive religions get here first. I was raised in a much less restrictive church so it was not really a great leap for me.
A big welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you found out when becoming a non believer and freethinker like us.
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