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Just joined - Hi!

Hi everyone! I found this site several months ago, and just joined as a member today. I am so happy to finally have a safe, comfortable place to openly discuss my beliefs!

I won’t write a huge long bio story, but basically I was raised in a fanatical Christian household. Even as a very young child, I seriously doubted the crazy, non-sensical teachings I was hearing in Sunday school and at home, but I had no dare to voice my beliefs, for fear of being severely punished by my dad. When I moved out on my own and started my own life, I was finally able to freely choose what I believed. I’ve been an atheist now for a few years. My mom is very supportive, because she was finally able to break away from the Christian dogma when she divorced my dad. While she hasn’t fully rejected the idea of Jesus, she is slowly opening her mind to the possibility of other ways. My dad is still a Bible thumping Christian. I’ve never told him straight out that I’m an atheist, but he does know I reject many of the Christian teachings, and he tries to get me to “see the light” every chance he gets.

Anyway, thanks for reading and for allowing me to join this wonderful place. Looking forward to many interesting discussions with you all!

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Keith Raye's picture
@ California Girl. You are

@ California Girl. You are most welcome

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@ California girl

@ California girl

I just joined a couple weeks back.... welcome this is an awesome place to express your issues and ideas or just read the posts!!! Look forward to reading what you post up.

Sincerely,
Burn your bible
Burnyourbible.org

CyberLN's picture
Welcome to AR!

Welcome to AR!

Algebe's picture
Welcome CG.

Welcome CG.

mykcob4's picture
Welcome good luck.

Welcome good luck.

Burn Your Bible's picture
@mykcob4

@mykcob4
ha ha the more and more I post... good luck is worth mentioning!!!

Flamencabot's picture
Welcome, California. Good

Welcome, California. Good luck and and remember to breath slow!

Jessb's picture
Welcome, I also just joined,

Welcome, I also just joined, I am also excited that I have finally found a place to visit and discuss things with people who have the same views that I have. Being from a very small town, sometimes I feel like I am the only one around me besides my husband who feels the way that I do. It is refreshing to know that there are other people out there going through some of the same or similar things that I am.

Keith Raye's picture
@Jessb

@Jessb
You'll find atheists here from all over the world. Me, I'm very lucky to be English - I live in one of the most tolerant societies in the world, but there are some truly courageous people here from countries where you would be risking your life to admit that you're an atheist.

Anyway, understand that you're not alone.

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