"Welcome! I live in "god's country" too - have all my life. Fortunately, my parents at least moved the family from Alabama to the metro Atlanta area when I was a preteen, which was a huge improvement. So there is variation!
I did live…"
"Do you think all public schools, or all charter schools, provide good educations? Some do a terrible job! So do some private schools, for that matter (particularly some of the religious schools, because they're more interested in doctrine than…"
"That's a very difficult situation. Do you have supportive friends and family near you? Because I'd like to point out that you absolutely CAN homeschool while going to school or working. I homeschooled and helped another family in which…"
"I won't say that I'm offended, but I've never liked the taste of broccoli florets at all. I don't see the point in drowning them in cheese to eat them (what's "healthy" about that?). The only way I eat broccoli is…"
"Personally, no, I never found one that I truly liked. I could tolerate them, but that was about it. I always preferred drinks that didn't taste like alcoholic drinks, and I absolutely despised every beer I ever tried (and I tried many, because…"
"I wasn't aware it still existed anywhere in the U.S. Georgia (where I live) got rid of them in 1997. The legislators were afraid that those scary queer people would start using common law marriages as a way to achieve marriage equality."
"America needs to catch up in so many ways!
One way in which marriage does matter is Social Security benefits. If you are married, it is far easier to get survivor's benefits if your spouse dies and you have a minor child. It's…"
"That depends on what marriage means to the people involved. There are some benefits, at least in the U.S. at this time, which can only be had with marriage. It is a civil contract. It is also a religious sacrament for some people, but for those of…"
I live in the metro Atlanta, Georgia area with my life partner, Sam. I'm much more introverted than he is, so I don't meet very many people. I've spent much of the last 12 years educating my daughter at home. She's just moved out (she was already in college) so I have much more time on my hands now! I haven't been able to do any significant work outside our home since 2000 due to disability, although I have done extensive volunteer work and media appearances in the internet safety field. I also helped found a secular homeschooling group and do some animal rescue work. I've been a Girl Scout troop leader in the past and was part of the Freecycle movement when it was less centralized. When working, I was a technical writer and software QA analyst, among many other things.
Why are you here?
I was searching for the source of a fascinating quote and found it here. It looks like an interesting place, and I thought I might find friendly people with whom to converse here.
The religion you left
Why you left your religion.
None of it made sense, no matter how much I studied and searched. I started getting in trouble for asking too many questions (meaning the pastor didn't have the answers, and girls weren't supposed to be asking questions anyway) when I was 7 years old. Life after that was one long fight between me, my parents, and various church authorities. What was even more frustrating was that I wasn't trying to make trouble, as they kept assuming. My questions were sincere!
I tried "having more faith" and working harder. I was in church every time the doors open (good Southern Baptists only die of exhaustion!) for quite a few years at one point, and my first husband was a youth minister for a time (meaning I was an unpaid adjunct church employee). I also spent more than six years working in a business capacity for the Presbyterian Church in America's headquarters in Atlanta. When I began working for them, I was able to pass the theological drilling that was part of the interview process (twice) despite not being Presbyterian. By the time I left, I had lost faith in all religion, partly because of my experiences there.
During my search, I initially searched for any sect of Christianity that would make sense, and couldn't find one. Then I expanded my search to other religions, with no more luck. All I did learn was that most of the most despicable people I encountered or learned about in the world were the most rabidly religious.
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