He's not alone; I thought it was hilarious too! XD
I gotta share this, whether it's the appropriate place or not --
I'm watching the season finale of the TV show, "Bones," and for those unfamiliar with the format, FBI Agent Booth (guy) finally, after five seasons, got together with Cultural Anthropologist Dr. Brennan (girl), and they had a baby daughter. Booth is a devout Catholic, Brennan, an atheist. Booth tells Brennan he wants to take their baby daughter to church, to be christened, asking Brennan if it's OK. With wide-eyed innocence (masking blatant sarcasm), she answers, "Of course, I think taking our daughter to have water sprinkled on her head to absolve her of sins she committed before birth is an excellent idea,"
Tiffany.. hello and welcome to TA.. As for the photo on the iPad, I've found in relation to FB.. you need to DL the pic to your iPad then upload it to the site. May need to do the same for TA here.. I should say too, it seems more than a few of us realized when we were preteens or early teens where we stood in regards to religion. I was 12. Though it was only recently that I've come to embrace, whole-heartly, my atheism. Again welcome.. and be sure to drop into chat.. (lower right). ... Be seeing you.
I kept it quiet for a long time. I have too many religious family members and I didn't really think too much of it to be honest..Knowing most of my family, I know it wouldn't effect how they saw me.. at least the local family. My out-of-state rellies.... well, that's something different entirely. LOL Dyed-in-the-wool Southern Baptist living in Detroit.
Welcome aboard, I think it's great to hear stories of how others came out. You were so young and still have so much religion around you which makes it pretty tough. Sometimes those in other parts of the country don't completely understand predicaments like ours (I'm in South Central Texas), but a few do. It's part of the atheist genre which consists of those that speak out to help bring attention to the fact that we are out there, but everyone pays a little different price for that.
Someone in Seattle for instance may not suffer any repercussions for coming out and standing up for our right to disbelieve, but far more don't because they don't see the value in it. It's more of a way of life for them as opposed to central Tennessee or Dallas. Some days I think it's pretty easy to get along here (TX), but I can tell my neighbors who have no doubt heard spirited conversations with my religious friends on the back porch, no longer have the inclination to say hello on the way to church every Sunday. Other times it's very easy to speak up when someone is pushing religion on me or someone near me to tell them their views are outdated and encourage them to think for themselves. There are a lot more like us than we even know about and hopefully you'll find some people in the community to connect with.
Welcome to Think Atheist, I like it here more than most forums. There are lot of supportive, empathetic, and not so sympathetic individuals here but we all have our own opinions and for the most part everyone listens to your viewpoint openly but the best part is their advice. I've learned a lot from this community and hope you find the same to be true.
GD - RE: a "lot of supportive, empathetic, and not so sympathetic individuals" - sounds like you just defined a family.
Hello. You may also want to check out any local skeptic or atheist group for further support. I just started attending Houston Atheist meetings and plan to go to another one this Friday.
I agree with Ernie. I just came out of a life of christianity and felt really alone in my new beliefs and thoughts. I craved for someone that I could share my new beliefs with and speak candidly about atheism. It wasn't until I searched for a local atheist/agnostic/freethought groups in my area that I was able to satisfy that craving. Now I have a couple of good like-minded friends from attending these groups. It really is a great outlet and relief. Check out the site meetup.com and search for these groups in your area. Oh by the way, WELCOME! :)