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Hello from Melbourne, Australia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karlee Oct 30, 2014. 10 Replies

Hello I'm Karlee and I identify as a human being.I believe in love, respect, tolerance, friendship, understanding, education, compassion, knowledge, wisdom and a whole host of other abstract ideas. I…Continue

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About Me:
I alone am responsible for my actions, there is no puppet master pulling the strings.
I'm not anti religion per se, I just don't believe in a god or any higher power. I will defend everyone's right to believe what they want to believe in - as long as their beliefs do not bring harm to others.
I don't force my lack of belief in a deity on anyone. I expect people who have religious beliefs to show me the same respect and not attempt to force their beliefs on me.
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I like to learn more about other peoples views, both atheist and religious. I believe fostering and encouraging understanding will lead to people in the world gaining tolerance and acceptance of each other regardless of differences.
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Why you left your religion.
Technically I was never really Catholic, because although I was Christened and did my First Communion I wasn't ever really brought up with influence by the church.
My dad is atheist, and my mum would probably identify as Agnostic. As long I've known her - mum has rarely gone to church (unless she takes my grandparents or some other special reason). So religion didn't have much prominence in my family unless we went to my grandparents (and then there is an overkill of it).

I did my First Communion only because my parents wanted me to go to a (Catholic) private high school as the public high schools in my hometown had terrible reputations.

I refused to do my Confirmation and while I'm sure my grandparents were/are very disappointed, my mum didn't even try to force me to.

Mum's previously told me that at the age of 4 or 5 I told her that I wasn't "her religion" when she tried to encourage me to go to church (at the request of her parents).

I remember while doing my First Communion that I thought it was a load of rubbish. I went along with it anyway because at 11 years old I obeyed my parents directives. However already by then I'd come to the conclusion that the idea of some all-powerful all-knowing creator was a ridiculous notion.

And all through high school, though I was forced to study religious education and attend school mass, and recite prayers, I remained staunchly atheist. But I'm not sorry for my Catholic High School education because it taught me a lot about social justice (I chose to ignore the religious aspect of it though), and also to have respect for people whose beliefs differ from mine.

So I suppose long story short, I was never really religious except by circumstance.
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