Greetings from the Philippines!
Hi Rational Responders, I am an atheist named John, i am currently 18 years of age and i am from the Philippines.
I have frequented this site when ive discovered it about a month ago and ive never been so fully satisfied with my life and well-being in general ever since. I know most users here are from the western side, and i would like to think that you have friends you personally know that are atheist.
That is very different here in my country. Religion is very rampant here. Atheism here is so rare that i am the only one that i know identified as one. I do not have any friends or acquaintance that share the same world view as i do. This is even difficult knowing that there are so many denominations of religion here that every 20-50 meters or so (that close) you will definitely come across a church of some sort.
there is even a nearby corner here where the catholic, lds, jehovahs witnesses, and protestant churches are so packed it looks life a chain of fast food stores.
I can say that i am formerly baptized catholic since birth to the age of 15, since the death of my mom that year we became born-again christians and as i dive deep in that religion i find myself amused seeing people vomiting, seeing people hallucinating and shouting and crying like theres no tomorrow.
I became and atheist when i was 17 and have not attended any church ever since.
going to a church here in the philippines is just like going to a mall or eating in popular food chains. it is so common that my friends even prefer going to churches just to look for good looking girls to date.
Not only can water float a boat, It can sink it also.