Jess Schonberg
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Boatman Jul 29, 2011. 4 Replies

I'm a college student with no job and no insurance, fresh out of homelessness, with a wisdom tooth coming in and causing debilitating pain. That said, I can't afford to see a dentist to remove it (or…Continue

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About Me:
I'm a 19 year old student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.

I'm also a fat, liberal, pro-choice, pro-gay, Obama-loving feminist with a ukulele obsession and an awesome haircut.

I once killed a man with a crochet hook and a broken laser pointer.

I'm also piss-poor at talking about myself without making some stuff up along the way.

Oh, and, I have a blog:
Why are you here?
I've been an open and unapologetic Atheist since I was around seven or eight, and I still spend a lot of time thinking about what that really means for me, and what I believe. I think it would be great to talk to some potentially like-minded people.
The religion you left
Christian, Judaism, Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
I never really felt like I had an honest belief in god. My auntie told me about him, and so did my stepmom's mother, but one was a Christian and the other was a Jehovah's Witness. I don't know how to explain it, exactly, but none of it made much sense.
I think the real turning point, though, was shortly after my grandfather's death, hearing my father and stepmom talking between themselves about how it could have been avoided had my grandmother not been against blood transfusions. Her religion had killed him, because he would rather have died than live without her, and she would have left him had he got the transfusion. It wasn't even his faith.
I thought a lot about it after that. I talked to a lot of family members because my "faith" had been shaken. They all told me that, if I looked inside of myself, I'd know the truth. Well, the truth is, I never found anything. I kept trying, up until a couple of years ago. There's never been anything there except a certainty that there is no god.
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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
My uncle sent me a link to a StumbleUpon page about laying clothes out during the rapture.

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Why?

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 12:06pm 21 Comments

I'm struggling a lot, lately, with this idea of respect. Specifically, respecting other people's beliefs. Which is something that I'm often called on to do, and that honestly makes me feel like a big liar. Because I don't respect anyone's religious belief, if it includes a God (or several). I find it silly and liken it to mental illness. But, to be respectful, I'm supposed to say "well, it's cool if you want to worship an invisible man in the sky, I totally respect your decision to do…


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At 1:29pm on May 21, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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