"Here in Australia we have a few topless hair salons, all these men go to get their hair cut by half naked women, it's kinda wierd. We also have our fair share of nude beaches. Yeah, just figured cause ya'll are talking about nudity…"
"Hello and welcome form Knoxville, Tennessee. I was reading about being an atheist in Alabama. I am just North of there in East Tennessee. I belong to a group call ASK (Atheist Society of Knoxville). We have around 480 members…"
"Strange I found this, I've been thinking the same thing lately. I've been to a few funerals before and although I understand why we have funerals and the process/traditions carrried out during funerals I do find alot of it…"
"Thanks for the response guys :) I had a friend in Alabama I thought of visiting someday but that was just an idea I had, I don't plan on visiting anymore but I do appreciate what you had to say. At least now I don't have to worry about…"
"Hey Josie. Like the others, not too sure why you would choose Alabama as your destination but you'll find it to be better than you think. I grew up in Vermont (random small state in the Northeastern US that is comparatively…"
"I'm not Alabaman, but I've lived in the area. The surrounding states and all the way to the Atlantic coast seem similar to me, but the pervasiveness of religion still depends a lot more on city size. Generally speaking, the larger the…"
"My funny story on my way through Mobile Alabama 1975, on a Greyhound bus!
Sunday morning, I get on to start a nice sunny day. I notice that the bus is slowly being filled with black folks in their sunday finest.
I a young white guy, from Oregon,…"
"Of all the places on Earth you could choose, you go with Alabama. What part of Alabama do you plan on visiting? I'm in Mobile, it's very Christian. Mostly Catholic, Baptist and Protestant. Some nondenominational, but no snake tents (that I…"
Hey guys, my name's Josie and I'm from Western Australia. Now my country is very very different to America. It's a very secular country and religion doesn't play a big roll if not any roll in polotics. In many ways I think of it as a complete opposite to America in terms of religion and secularism, I can even guarantee that most Autralian's haven't even heard the term "Creationist", just check out this link if you're interested in my countries backstory on irreligion…See More
ummm, let's see... well I love reading, writing, (ancient) history, mythology, indie/rock music, stand-up comedy, astronomy and I think biology is pretty cool.
I'm Australian Aboriginal on my Dad's side and on my Mum's Ukrainian, although I can't speak Russian, I can speak French :)
Let's see, what else is there to know? Well, I wasn't always an atheist. I guess when I was a kid I was a deist, I just could never buy into the whole idea of just one particular religion being something divine.
I read alot of Greek/Norse mythology when I was a kid and so when I grew up and learned more about religion I failed to see how it differed from mythology.
Funny story; one day I bought a bible actually I think I stole it from a second hand store :/ yeah I used to steal books which is not something I'm proud of, mind you I haven't done so in years, eventually I realised how stupid it was and my guilt got the better of me :)
Anyway I read a bit of Genesis and thought it was a cool story what with Adam and Eve and Noah's Ark which I though was interesting, but quickly I got bored.
So I skipped to the New Testament opened random pages to see what Jesus had to say and frankly I found what I was reading to be quiet funny. My eyes landed on Mathew 5:28-30, I was so surprised by what I had just read that I ran around the house showing my folks and siblings, they too thought it was funny. I was shocked that something so silly would be in the bible, that Jesus wants you to pluck out your eyes or cut off your hand for checking someone out, it's just absurd.
So I did it again a few times after that, opened a random page to see if I'd land on anything ridiculous, most of the time I did.
Although I enjoyed reading the stories in the bible I found it all very difficult to believe, what with the virgin birth, talking animals, walking on water even the angels and demons.
Revelations was a scary read but silly nonetheless; Jesus rides in on a unicorn to battle a dragon, if that's not fairytale than I dont know what is.
In order for me to believe in the bible I would've had to disregard everything I knew about history, astronomy, and biology which as a child I immersed myself in, I loved learning things. If I wasn't reading Harry Potter then I was reading about ancient history, astronomy, dinosaurs and biology all of which for some reason has always fascinated me.
At 19 years old I'm really no different to how I was when I was nine years old becoming obsessed with reading. Now I'm just more of a skeptic, I question everything and I think everyone else ought to do the same :)
Why are you here?
For the education I guess, this stuff interests me, I think it's cool learning what others believe :)
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
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I didn't, I was looking online for an atheist website like TheFriendlyAtheist and came across this and I thought it looked pretty cool :)
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Hello and welcome form Knoxville, Tennessee. I was reading about being an atheist in Alabama. I am just North of there in East Tennessee. I belong to a group call ASK (Atheist Society of Knoxville). We have around 480 members and 20 - 30 meet weekly at Barley's Tap Room. I think the high number of members may be due to this being a university city and close to Oak Ridge which has a high number of scientist and PHDs in a lot of fields.