I think you're right about the groups migrating to other social sites. The Caribbean group seems to have more or less moved to Facebook, which is how a lot of groups around here organize for meet-ups. I see what you mean about population density too...I live on an island of about 35,000, and the next closest island has about 15,000. I looked at the members of that Caribbean Facebook group, and don't think many of them live anywhere near here. I don't do Facebook and don't think that group is worth it to join. So I'll have to find community here :-)
And yes, I meant Geek & Nerd Haven. I'm definitely more in the Nerd category than Geek. I was happy to see that group, and the Atheist Humor group with the FSM icon front & center.
I agree, some vegans are really obnoxious. But in my own personal experience, I think I've encountered more obnoxious carnivores who are very uncomfortable with my eating choices, as though that affected them somehow. Vegetarians make carnivores uncomfortable the same way nonbelievers make believers uncomfortable.
And yup, sometimes you've gotta pull out the insecticide. I do my best to deter entry or gently remove, but I live in an ant- and roach-intensive area and it's not practical to get rid of them any other way. I work as a personal chef out of my home and can't have them running around. And the mosquitoes around here are awful! I don't feel bad about killing them at all since they carry some serious diseases here. There is no mercy or stay of execution for a mosquito in my house.
Thanks for your guidance and info. You've been a great help!
Lol good call with the computer uninstall. Not only ethical, that should keep me off the blacklist of our future A.I. Overlords.
Thanks for the advice. I originally came to this site hoping to connect with atheists in my region and maybe meet them face to face, but that group (Caribbean) hasn't been active for years. Another group is the Vegetarian/Vegan, officially dead. If you aren't vegetarian, you may be surprised to learn there's a lot of political, economic, and religious arguments pertaining to it. Some groups im interested in,like the Nerds,are more active, but i don't know if ill join. Either way, thanks for letting me know the groups can be more broadly focused than they seem
LMAO about the A.I., thanks for the laugh. Altho i am in favor of treating A.I. ethically too, i admit ive had some thoughts of committing violence against my computer from time to time ;-)
Thanks for the nice welcome. I joined some groups that seem more active, others im interested in don't seem to have any recent activity. But glad to join this community all the same.
Thanks for the welcome. I'm still figuring out how this forum works. Yeah a bit isolated out here. My husband and I aren't local to this area as we are both west coasters. We like it here but aren't convinced that it is the safest environment for our lil non believers. They are a bit more frank and outspoken than us adults about the absurdity of religion. I teach them to respect other's beliefs and promote tolerance buy my oldest isn't good at coddling others and their unicorns. She gets bullied in school for her non beliefs and I worry that this could get worse as she gets older.
Ok, thanks. The messaging system on this site had me a little confused.
Montana is highly conservative; very few people I know share my religious or political views. Bozeman is a lot better than a lot of towns in Montana though. Being a college town brings more open minded people to the area, which is nice. I grew up in a tiny town in Montana and almost everyone there supports trump, "traditional marriage" and"putting god back in schools." And don't even talk about regulating their guns... I feel I have to censor a lot of what I say or people scream libtard.
And to be honest there's quite a bit of racism towards the Native Americans. I've heard more than a few people say, "I'm not a racist, but I hate Indians," if that makes any sense... makes me sad
So yeah, being an atheist in Montana can be pretty lonely
Well under Yugoslavia atheism was quite dominant (socialism etc), then christianity took control. Now with the immigration there is a massive almost forced conversion to islam being attempted it seems...
Hey there. It's not much different here now in "the bible belt" I'm a gay female and it hard as hell to be here. I've been here 3.5 yes now and have No friends. They do not care for my life style, they hate my music. I'm a metal head from way back. I'm sure you can imagine how I'm treated.
Thank you for your response. I really appreciate it and it makes me feel human. Here..
I'm a terrible person and I'm told constantly I'm going to hell and other such nonsense.
You got cut off on your last/second message. I assume you fell asleep? Or maybe just didn't realize it. And never apologize for rambling. I am a ramble monster myself and and I always appreciate when people can ramble back at me. Heh.
As far as having a mental illness because of indoctrination, I didn't escape that either. Although, I don't know if MY mental illness is because of being indoctrinated, but I do have a mental illness. And i was diagnosed in my early twenties, around the same time I was questioning a lot of things and such.
Hmmm, what else? Oh, magic shows and mythology. Growing up, my parents namely my dad's idea of bed time stories were of course bible stories. i didn't get exposed to greek myth or any other kind of myth until college and during my 'pagan period' as it were. I still enjoy myths, and find them interesting, but they are just as ... outlandish as xtian mythology. My mom is afraid of paranormal things which my dad watched, and I later got into. So that to a point was ... a foot in the door to being exposed to other things?
Also growing up instead of magic shows, I watched those Revival type shows on TBN, with Tim Storey or Benny Hinn. Faith Healers--for some reason as a child it fascinated me that they would 'push people over' (touch their forehead and they faint) and then 'god would heal them' I watched them over and over and over again.. like i did with certain disney movies and sesame street movies. Heh.
After I was diagnosed with my mental illness, my dad tried to take all my paranomral books away so I didn't get confused with the difference between fantasy and reality. I begged him to let me keep them, cause frankly it was the only thing i was reading at the time and the stories kept me sane, gave me something to look forward to every day. I find it odd in a way thinking back, that he didn't try to take the bible away from me too, but to him, I s'pose, that is reality.
And yeah, in regard to hiding/lying about my atheism, I am used to that. I have to lie about the other closets I am in as well, Its like a russian doll type of closet or something. I don't know, hahaha. So my dad can be comfortable in his ignorance, as I still live with him for the moment. I am hoping to move out of the bible belt and up north to either Portland, OR or Boston, MA. Maaybe even Hawaii. We'll see...
No worries, weekends are built for tuning out. heh.
And yeah, my parents are divorced. Have been since I was a baby. My dad's path was definitely louder and what I identified with most when I was among the Theist's ranks.
The experience of coming out of indoctrination is a rocky one. Cause I was deep into the faith game. But what got me out, was ... well, being in college AWAY from my parents, I was free to question things. It lead me down a path of paganism, and then later non-theism. I still respect the Earth and think we should take care of it, so I took that aspect of 'paganism' with me, but none of the gods or goddesses truly felt right.
I still struggle with the more subtle conditioning/programming of being indoctrinated soooo young (my parents are ministers too) like black / white thinking, one true wayism thinking, and such like that.
I'm not really out-out to many people. My mom knows, but I haven't told my dad though I don't go to church any more, so he's probably suspicious and 'praying for me to get right with god' as it were. I told my sisters both of them are hardcore xtians in a nondenominational church. My friends know but that's it.
So suffice to say I have a long way to go as far as 'coming out' but as they say coming out is not a one time deal. You have to do it. over and over for the rest of your life, sometimes. always new people to meet, and situations to either be true to yourself or lie and hide who you are..etc.
You're really lucky to be a 'natural born skeptic' as it were.. I'm a bit late to the party, but it's better than not getting an invite at all, right?
Thank you for the welcome! I am breaking out of .... well ... a sort of Eclectic Judeo-Xtianity? I guess you could call it. My mom is Disciples of Christ, and my Dad .... is Messianic/Pentecostal sorta deal. I'm not sure what you mean by 'experience' could you specify, perhaps?