@Melvinotis posed a great question that I would like to second. "How do you have the conversations that help you truly explore new ways of thinking, rather than fight the forces of deism" (theism)? http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/the-connectedness-of-relig...
I, for one, have been having a hard time finding outlets for this kind of conversation and thought out here in the real world. There are few friends and/or family who are willing to indulge in this kind of conversation, despite the fact that few of my close associates are particularly religious or spiritual. It seems that people, in my experience, who claim to be non-religious or non-believers will not, or cannot, cross over into that taboo of all taboos and admit, or at least explore with an open mind, what it means to be atheist/non-theist/humanist, etc.
Not being able to constructively explore these ideas with like minds, I believe I have turned more frequently to a, rather useless, attempt at self validation. Despite being very secure in my beliefs (or lack thereof) and education on science and philosophy, I still find myself combing through religious friends and family members facebook profiles, browsing the same ol' debates between YouTube rivals, and ultimately regurgitating the same arguments and counter arguments time and again. After a short while, there is no value to be found in these interactions, yet it becomes habit. Familiarity breeds contempt, and I have certainly found a rising feeling of disdain for anyone of a religious belief or mindset. I don't like this feeling, I don't like the fact that I keeping slipping into judgement and presupposition of folks who I would normally consider to be perfectly pleasant, mindful, and good people, just because they happen to be theists. Isn't this exactly what annoys me about the bible-thumpers?I know I will not share beliefs with them, but must this mean I need to consider them an enemy? I don't think so, but I struggle with staying grounded in this principle.
So, like @Melvinotis, I would like the opportunity to explore new thought and perspectives with like minds. I'm tired of theist rhetoric and bored with my own. I dont need self-validation, I need challenging thought. Hence joining this community. And regarding my mini shrink-session above, I would like to know how others in this community positively and constructively exist with the theistic majority? Do any of you struggle with the constant checking of your own feelings of judgement towards the "dark side"?