Just want to extend an invitation to join the Deaf Freethinkers group on Facebook. It's a small group, just 16 people, but it's active with daily posting and discussion. It's growing and new folks are always welcome!
Greetings, Mriana! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since April. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
I decided I wanted to do a little more with this account. I ran across one of your posts about living under the jack boot of the Ass. of God. Sorry to hear that. I'm working with a group to bring a billboard to the Joplin area. If you're still interested in one in Springfield, let me know and I'll keep you posted on our progress.
For those who don't have any freethinking groups in your area - check out http://www.Meetup.com and see if there are any atheist and agnostics groups. We use meetups all the time here in KC and our groups are anywhere from 5-20 people depending on the topic - movie, chat at coffee house, movie night or if it's by a larger group like Community of Reason or Heartland Humanists it can be 30-50 people easy. Also check http://www.yahoogroups.com - and search for a group in your area by keywords "your city/state atheist/agnostic" also go to http://www.googlegroups.com and do same search there too. Visit with a Unitarian Universalist church in your area - there are mostly freethinkers. Also check for "conscious evolution, spiritualists, wiccans, pagans, goddesses, etc" on Meetup and groups, subscribe and visit these groups regularly to get to know people, have something in print to give them with yuour infaromation, make a schedule (once or twice a month - you can be all by yourself in a coffee house :o) - put up a sign there "Atheist Meetup" and you'll be suprised poeple will notice and will strike conversations with you. You can this way recruit poeple "away" from spiritualist and also "paranormal" groups. There are a few around always. Many of these people are not religous.
That's why I said point and laugh. It's the best thing we can do. Point out the stupidity.
I feel for you living in Springfield.
Such a strange town.
A church on almost every corner, opposite a liquor store and down the road from a strip club.