Comment by mick on November 1, 2010 at 4:32pm
I have lived all over the states since i was very young. The biggest haters Ive met is Christains esp. in the south. I lived in an area with a large Muslims population and I dont see the kind of prejudice and hate I have seen with so called Christains.
Comment by Ken Hughes on November 2, 2010 at 9:54am
I've been in most of the lower 48 and Alaska, and especially about 27 more of the nations that occupy the land mass of this "Blue marble in space" that humans have named Earth. Hatred among and between various forms or systems of "belief" is ubiquitous and varying only in intensity.

The old adage, Evil people do evil things to good people as a matter of course, getting "good" people to do evil things to "good" people requires religion. It applies in these times seemingly more so and that's sad for a species that has made incredible advances in all the sciences and stands at the very edges of space having made its first baby steps into the void during my lifetime.

I was born in 1944; therefore, the entire progress of the transistor from the crude Ball Labs demo to microprocessors containing millions within an area equal to my thumbnail has all occurred within my lifetime. With all the major religions at each others throats with the world getting smaller all the time I can only hang my head wondering how much will be lost if religion succeeds in forcing humanity back to the 12th century. It's true that when religion ruled the known world the period was known as The Dark Ages. Let's not go there again, get out and vote against neocons, theocons and especially the tea-stained people or as i call then Tea-liban.
Comment by Ken Hughes on November 2, 2010 at 9:55am
Oops, "Bell Labs"
Comment by natalie ayala on November 22, 2010 at 4:24am
any atheists in the tampa bay area
Comment by Ken Hughes on November 22, 2010 at 7:50am
Here in little, and i do mean "little" Decatur, Texas I have found a few non-believers in the prevailing holy-roller baptist paradigm by frequent visits to the local Starbucks. There are times of course when we have to suffer little prayer circles, but not that often when I'm there. I call Decatur's Starbucks a little local center of insurrection.

By means of this site I connected with two other Decatur atheists and we attended the Christopher/Debney debate at the Prestonwood palatial true-believer's campus; that bloody symbol resembling power/telephone poles sitting on top of the highest point is visible for miles and served as a homing point. It certainly wasn't a beacon for us other than an assurance we were near anti-saint Hitchens that day.
Comment by Carlos Lopez on November 27, 2010 at 5:01am
I am very glad knowing that all of you are free of darkness, I lost my fear to talk about I am a atheist around 1 year ago, let me tell you guys... I am feeling so gooooooood!!!!!! :-)
Comment by Ken Hughes on November 27, 2010 at 8:37am
I made the 'leap of no faith" known to all who wondered over a decade ago, and Carlos mate, you are so spot-on. Then I realized how uncomfortable it was living with a public persona at odds with one's private persona and came to appreciate how it must have been all along for closeted gays. Being a closeted atheist is not dissimilar to being a closeted LGBT and I came to appreciate their problems. That also brought me to a closer understanding of their dilemma and internal conflict and made me deal with any of my own remaining animosities I may have felt for the LGBT community. Does America have a First Amendment that is worth anything? Clearly not among some groups and that is another reason I have big problems with the so-celled "Faith" community.
Comment by Ken Sorce on November 27, 2010 at 3:18pm
A common thread that I've noticed among a lot of us is the comment: " I feel so liberated " now that I know I'm atheist. In a way though, after all these years of Christiandom, it feels a little sad to let it go since most of my life has been spent either believing or semi-believing. Doesn't it make you look at the majority of mankind's believers and say,"what a bunch of dumb people there are"? It's no wonder the world is so screwed up.The people who believe in the bible are also voting in our politicians and to boot,the conservative side of the political arena also are drinking the biblical kool-aid! Yikes! As the saying goes,thank god for atheists. The dilemma I'm in though is how do I decorate my house for christmas? I'm thinking maybe an upside down cross on my lawn. Any suggestions?
Comment by Ken Hughes on November 28, 2010 at 9:16am
I must have been born a skeptic, or at least I developed that attitude very early in my life. In my preschool days I remember heated arguments with cousins about the total impossibility of Santa Claus. I maintained it was impossible to visit the world's list of "good little boys and girls" in a single night even if one accepted the stupid notion of a jolly fat guy riding through the sky in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer whose leader had a red nose. I knew that the tooth fairy was my mom; however, when I was a kid two-bits was hard cash and a day's supply of candy could be bought with a quarter so I went along with the spiel.

I think that attitude about jolly old saint Nick played the same hand in my belief in a doG, (Can't seem to get that word right) any dyslexic dog god in fact. The adage that if thee was credible, objectively-supported or supportable evidence of such an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, omnibenevolent creator force in the cosmos, faith would not be necessary.

I am reminded of a friend who was a WW2 veteran Marine. He said the whole idea of no atheists inhabiting foxholes was a faith-based idea and as false an assertion as imaginable. He was in the opening initial assault wave at Guadalcanal and at Leyte and said he never called for a supernatural whatever to help him, even when he watched the invasion support fleet sail away taking all their beans and bullets for the battle. He called himself a "Concretalist" in that if he could see it and touch it he assumed it was real.

I was an atheist in a cardiac intensive care unit, hooked up to every device in the place listening to the nurses and attendants getting it all set up. That was 10-years ago and there were no complications in case you wonder. There was a nurse filling out a form who asked if I smoked. I replied no. Then came "do you drink"? I said no and then she asked if I was perfect to which I said no again. There was some laughter at that until she asked what religion I followed. I said none, and the tittering stopped immediately, and I added "atheist" and she somewhat irritably added "I got that".

I feel that atheists in cardiac ECUs plays on a personal level in a similar vein as atheists in foxholes and my old veteran friend assured me there were a great many atheists in foxholes, even in WW2. I am a veteran who has been under light hostile fire and I never called on a doG of any form at any time ever in the 7-years I spent in the US Army. One must wonder about today's soldiers in SW Asia where all the current doG BS got its start.
Comment by Sarah N Mirza on January 6, 2011 at 11:15pm
Why did it take me so long to find this wonderful website?? KCMO atheists????

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