I'm an English professor. I love my job, but I sometimes feel a bit isolated in central Pennsylvania. I grew up in New York City and will always consider myself a New Yorker. I must admit that I envy the sense of community that religious people have (or appear to have).
Here are some things that I like; I've imported these lists from my Facebook page:
Activities: Hiking, rowing, tennis, walking from one end of Manhattan to the other, chess, reading, writing.
Tilly and the Wall
Neutral Milk Hotel
Tapes ’n Tapes
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Favorite TV Shows:
The Wire--after 4 nearly perfect seasons, David Simon and Ed Burns jumped the shark last year.
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
Born into Brothels
Dirty, Pretty Things.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Little Miss Sunshine
Oldboy (brutal but brilliant)
Tell No One
The Big Lebowski
The Dark Knight
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
THe Hudsucker Proxy
The Lives of Others
The Painted Veil
The Princess Bride
The Usual Suspects
The Village (underrated)
Touching the Void
Unknown White Male
The Godfather is wildly overrated. Other overrated flicks: Atonement, No Country for Old Men.
The Satanic Verses
Favorite bookstores (my feeble attempt to help save independent bookshops):
Boston/Cambridge: Raven Used Books, Brattle Book Shop, Commonwealth Books, MIT Press Bookshop
Burlington, VT: North County Books
Chicago: Seminary Co-op (not religious), Powell's, O'Gara & Wilson
Evanston, IL: Amaranth Books
Lincoln, NE: Bluestem Books, A Novel Idea
London: Foyles, in which Unsworths Booksellers is currently housed; London Review Bookshop; Judd Books.
Minneapolis: James & Mary Laurie Bookseller
Montreal: Le Mot / The Word (not religious)
NYC: Book Culture, The Strand (of course), St. Mark's Books, Crawford Doyle Booksellers
Paris: Librarie J. Vrin, Librarie Compagnie, Gibert Jeune, Galignani, The Red Wheelbarrow, Shakespeare and Company.
Portland: Powell's, Daedalus Books
St. Louis: Subterranean Books
San Francisco / Berkeley: University Press Books, Black Oak Books
Washington DC: Bridge Street Books
Best online experience: Maxwell's House of Books--always good.
Why are you here?
To commune with other secular people.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
None of it made any sense to me. I started having serious doubts when I was about eleven.
No need to apologize. Sensitive issues sometimes cause emotions to rear their ugly heads. It happens. I don't think less of you as a person, and once SN cools down, I don't think he will, either... and even if he does? Meh. Fuck him, then. It's an internet forum. We come here to participate as a community, but at the end of the day, it's just fonts on a screen.
Glad to have your participation and hear your opinions over all, but not every post can be perfect. ~shrugs~ Thanks for handling it like an adult after you cooled off, especially considering your circumstance and the level of pain that must have brought up. ~hugs~
I'm afraid I don't have numbers, but from personal experience I can tell you that while not many people in Israel are 'full-blown' atheists, a lot of them are secular (as in - they may believe in God, but do not accpet the reign of organized religion).
It's better than in the States though, where "Atheist" is somewhere below "Scumbag" and above "Murderer", but not by much.
I haven't seen "The Illusionist" yet, thanks for the clue. But I saw "Prestige" two times (cinema and tv).
Well, here in Switzerland we atheists still have a lot of work to do. :-) For instance, we still have to disestablish. Religion is still teached in public schools. Fees for christian churches are still collected by the state with their taxes.
And there's also a creationist movement, which is maybe(?) growing.