Greetings from Florida! I have found that when people find out about my beliefs, or lack thereof, they respect my choice to be an atheist. Bear in mind that I always publicly respect their choice(s) to believe even though I privately think they're batshit. It's good to meet you!
Yeah I saw that this morning. I think I sent you a message from your page, but I'm not completely sure. I will try to only be on when I am actually on. that way if you try to chat with me I should be able to answer.
Wow Glen, that's really impressive :)
I'm often surprised and let down by California, since other states are progressing faster than us on some hot topics, and we're the state with the reputation of being super liberal.
Thanks for your response. Believe it or not, I've ran into a few atheist bloggers on line from your area. I NEVER run into any from west Tennessee. I know of a handful throughout Texas, one in Missouri and one in Arkansas, but she's still a three or four hour drive from me. Though I've never personally met these people I've mentioned, I have grown to care for them and have considered them to be my friends for about a year.
I've been looking for a secular therapist for the past year out of the two years since I deconverted. As a Christian, I was certainly someone that you could call a "seeker". I've been it all among Christiandom: Full Gospel, Word of Faith, Methodist, Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, Non-Denominational, Inter Denominational, Hope Chapel (basically a denomination within the Foursquare denomination), Morning Star International (goes by Every Nation now), Missionary Alliance and Church of God. I graduated from a Bible School in Dallas in 1993. Believe it or not, that's where my serious doubts began, but I didn't become an atheist until 2012! That's right, I spent half of my life STRONGLY doubting my faith.
I have not found a support group nor a charity that is non religious..and it's always.."leave it to God" when you try to discuss the disease with others..Even the Mayo clinic and larger hospitals groups are religious based..sad. So I deal with it on my own in my own way. And if someone asks to pray for me I decline and move on. I live in the South Eastern US Bible belt and it's very frustrating. When I was trying to get help with a huge bill that the insurance company did not cover I started my own personal campaign thru Indigogo. They take a small percentage for themselves of course, but it was not religiously based.