How are you doing? Never got around to answering your last question. I came out to my parents about a year ago, shortly after I met my boyfriend. He helped me feel confident enough to just say it and stop hiding. My dad was and still is angry/disappointed and my mom just tries to ignore the whole thing. Overall we don't bring it up, though my dad has already "threatened" my future offspring to be told about the loving Lord Jesus.. blech!!
I haven't seen "Friends of God" yet. I may have to check that one out. There's always "The God Who Wasn't There." It was worth watching, and some of the interviews on the DVD that they cut from the film were interesting. I'd certainly like to show it to a room full of Christians.
That is so funny because I had almost the same experience! I got dirty looks from the woman who had to help me find the book, and then the cashier refused to make eye contact. These fundies must go to a training camp to learn how to be rude to atheists or something.
Yeah, the only way I can keep up is to use a reader like you describe. Even then, it isn't always easy. I haven't read "I Sold My Soul on eBay" yet, but I'm sure I'll get to it. It has to be one of the few atheist books I haven't read. I hear you about the Dawkins book. I had way too much fun buying "The God Delusion" in a local bookstore.
I believe I first heard about Atheist Nexus from Friendly Atheist. You would not believe how many atheist blogs I follow! Thanks for the kind words about my blog. It is one of the ways I keep my sanity while being surrounded by Christians.
There is an atheist community in Fresno which is like 45 mins north from me but I haven't gone to any meetings yet even though I'm a member (schedule conflicts + gas prices). Thankfully I also have a proud atheist partner who I can share thoughts with. It's just frustrating to not have many female friends who can think past boys and shopping. I mean, I have one friend who is more open minded but I just don't feel like I can be 100% honest without offending. I take it you haven't met many atheist girls to be friends with?
Sounds familiar. My brother and I are probably the only non religious people in our family but he is more "spiritual" so my parents don't even flinch. For me however, since I was so adamant about my choice they were very upset. My dad was and still is angry and doesn't like talking about it at all except to say that God will do this for me and that for me. My mom is mostly shocked and confused. Thankfully I have a great boyfriend that shares my world view so I don't feel totally alone. But I dont have any atheist friends. What kind of atheist community do you have where you live?
Well, humidity not so much, but Portland is in full summertime swing! Blue skies and late nights. You have to get it while you can up here though - in 3 months the rain clouds roll back in! I guess thats the payoff for having perfect summer weather. :) I do miss the Georgia summer thunderstorms!
Glad to hear you are not afraid of letting your position be known! I worry sometimes how my atheism will affect my career in the future. I want to be an elementary teacher. It's disappointing to think that I may have to supress my beliefs in order to keep my jobs and kids' parents off my back. How have your parents reacted to the news?