I just realized you're from Denver, so you already knew it's a totally different ballgame from good ol' Alabama.
I know what you mean with the whole communicating with God thing. I work for a small restaurant here that is owned (and largely staffed by) very conservative Christians. It gives me a really good way to analyze all the stuff being shoved down their unsuspecting throats. I keep my views largely to myself, as I don't want to find myself in a negative work environment (just got out of one).
I know one of the girls prays. A lot. I think she may actually get into a meditative state while doing it, and takes the clarity gained from that as "speaking to God", which at least gives some sort of introspection. As for the rest of them, I have no clue.
Thanks for the welcome, Glen! It's a bit odd hearing NM referred to as "down south", to be honest. The culture here is very different from the South, but I see what you mean in geological terms. What brought your friend to Santa Fe?
No. He gave up on that once i showed him "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins. Ever since then, he feels better about random pain and suffering than to think it was all a part of some sky god's plan. and also knows his dad was d%ck for what he did.
I appreciate the message and will likely take you up on the offer. Unfortunately, I've just moved to philadelphia for some schooling. Much to my surprise, this place feels MUCH more conservative and closed-minded than I remember it (or course I was religious when I last lived here...) Either way, I can't wait to get back out west - possibly denver. I'll get in touch upon my return; I'll be looking to meet some like-minded people.
i did ask him, and i was sad. he was physically abused by his father allot, and raised in a very religious household and said with all they told him about god he would pray for 1 of 2 things either to make his father stop or to kill him, and he said what kind of god would allow this to anyone and hated the idea of god ever since. it was only 6 years ago that i stated to see what atheism was and told him about he kind of went with that, but for a while he wanted their to be a god so he could tell him what a fuck up he was at his job.
Thanks for your message. Sadly even though the revolutionaries call loudly for freedom including freedom of religion this doesn't see, to include atheism or non-abrahamic religions! I am hoping for more groups to turn up online for former Muslims and other Arab atheists.