Andrew Barkley
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Andrew Barkley replied to Noel's discussion 'Athiest celebrating Christmas?'
"Nothing wrong with that. Many Atheists still go through the motions even as far as to attend religious gatherings in solidarity with the "tribe". I pick the religious bits out like raisins in a muffin and just enjoy a bit of tradition. My…"
Dec 16, 2012
Andrew Barkley and Edward Regis Condon are now friends
Dec 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Sassan K.'s discussion 'WHAT DID HITCH MEAN FOR YOU?'
"Christopher Hitchens was the man who left me with no doubt at all about my atheism. His debates were always brilliant to watch and his books of which I own a few are amongst my prized possessions. I am deeply saddened by his passing but at least I…"
Dec 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Troy C's discussion 'Would you stop a friend?'
"I would at very least ask them to examine the decision closely and talk at length with them about why they made the choice. If during the conversation that it becomes apparent that this person has made up thier mind to follow God then I would…"
Nov 17, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Kim Roder's discussion 'What "n" ways would you deal with the next jehovah's witness at your door?'
"I usually invite them in for coffee at which point I mention my Atheism. The look of shock that I always get is priceless. They then usually start off immediately with "Every house has a builder" and The human eye argument which are easy…"
Jul 15, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Tanya Wells's discussion 'Do we need to abandon all moral ideologies because we are atheist?'
"I do not believe that morality has anything to do with religion. A christian friend of mine asked me the other day what was stopping me from murdering my neighbour and taking his posessions. I replied by saying that his view would suggest that he…"
Jun 26, 2011
Andrew Barkley commented on Robert Karp's video
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Should New York Allow Gay Marriage?

"Gay men and women should be afforded all the rights that heterosexuals enjoy. I live in a 3rd world country and gay couples can get married here. My answer to the original question is hell yes!"
Jun 25, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Marc Baskin's discussion 'Advice please!: Atheist family heading into the Lions Den'
"I realise why you have been silent thus far but I don't think you should sit at this gathering and squirm. I would personally avoid these situations and tell everyone concerned of your unbelief. Everyone other than the old folks of course. The…"
Jun 25, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Adam's discussion 'A bit of a predicament'
"My sister in law is a witness and I tried to save her from obvious mind control and utter nonesense but it backfired. I was naive to think that a mere chat could undo the programing that she has suffered over many years. I now avoid the subject in a…"
Jun 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley and Robert Karp are now friends
Jun 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley commented on Jackie's blog post 'Are atheists more evolved?'
"Errrr, no."
Jun 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley replied to Ed's discussion 'Atheism and the Small business owner'
"I am self employed as well and I have to keep my mouth shut about my Atheism. I do a lot of work for Jewish folk and I also did a fair size project for a Catholic church. I don't have issues with people and have friends of all faiths but only…"
Jun 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley commented on Robert Karp's video
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Pastor Outs Gay Teens in Church

"I have Gay and Lesbian friends and this type of thing turns my stomach."
Jun 24, 2011
Andrew Barkley is now a member of Think Atheist
Jun 24, 2011

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
I am a self employed father of one and enjoy people and reading.
Age
31-35
Why are you here?
To make friends without fear of rejection over a variance of opinion and to learn how others have coped with typical issues faced by non believers.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
At the age of about 12 I started seriously questioning how a loving creator could be so petty and evil. I then began asking questions which when answered by clergymen gave rise to more questions. My parents were no more helpful and did not appear to know very much either other than there was a God.

Naturally, I began to search for God and spoke with a Rabbi a Baptist minister and later moved onto spiritulism for proof at least of an afterlife. I then discovered "cold reading" which destroyed any hope of finding his highness.

At age 18 after being an agnostic for some time I Started reading about Evolution and Athiesm and today I have many books by Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins to name 2 of the prominent influences.
How did you hear about Think Atheist?
Random search after richarddawkins.net forum closed

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At 11:25am on June 24, 2011, Robert Karp said…
Welcome to the TA community Andrew!!
At 10:40am on June 24, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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At 8:31am on June 24, 2011, Robert Karp said…

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