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Greetings from Texas!

My name's Porter, I'm a student at Texas State University. It's in Texas, and it's not in Austin, so there are a lot of annoying Jesus freaks. Anyway, I've been a non-Christian for about two years now after coming to my senses and realizing that Christianity, the religion I was brought up in, made no sense. My parents have not been very kind to their atheist son. They mention how good God is nearly every time I talk to them, mention how I should go to church, and so on and so forth. They're being "good Christians," which is to say that they won't leave me be.

I enjoy talking about my atheism, talking about how flawed religion is, and the like. I'm a history major, so obviously I enjoy history. Music is an integral part of my life. Listening, mind you, I'm not talented enough to play anything. Anyway, I found out about RRS through Greydon Square, one of my favorite rappers. I never thought about joining until I saw some RRS videos on youtube, namely the Blasphemy Challenge.

I'm happy to finally find a good strong atheist community. Cheers.

 


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                And welcome to rationality. There are several Texans on site, you'll hear from them.  Since you are a history major have you ever heard of Lord Mithras?  Otherwise do you have a history speciality?

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Is TX getting popular?Welcome

Is TX getting popular?

Welcome


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TexasstateAtheist wrote:It's not Austin

    First off------ Welcome to the Machine ! Did you ever sit down with your parents and show them the evidence for your non-belief,are they rational people. Buy them some Atheists books,like Richard Dawkins -"The God Illusion" Christopher Hitchens -"God is not Great " or Sam Harris -"Losing my Faith" They might have them at the Library.Anyway,you said History Major -Did you ever read Howard Zinn -"The People History of the United States ",I can't think of his name right now,but it's something Lowell wrote-"Lies My Teacher Told Me ",Fritz Stern -"Varieties of History.   

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Texas State university in

Texas State university in San Marcos? I went to a trade school there


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Welcome to the forum.

Welcome to the forum.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors, | As I foretold you, were all spirits, and | Are melted into air, into thin air; | And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, | The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, | The solemn temples, the great globe itself, - Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, | And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, | Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff | As dreams are made on, and our little life | Is rounded with a sleep. - Shakespeare


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Welcome, from the Deep North

Welcome, from the Deep North of the Real South (South of the Equator that is) - the State of Queensland in Australia.

 

Favorite oxymorons: Gospel Truth, Rational Supernaturalist, Business Ethics, Christian Morality

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 Welcome Aboard!

 Welcome Aboard!


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 Thanks for the well

 Thanks for the well wishes. I appreciate it. Anyway, about my parents, I've decided that the best thing for me to do is ignore them and their spiteful comments. My sister, whom I'm very close with, has told me that this'd be the best option, as the parents are quite set in their ways. They became super religious after I fell away from the faith, by the way. Interesting how that happens, no?

Yesterday, in Astronomy class, when the professor was going on about the Gregorian calendar, he made mention that the main reason for creating the calendar was so that Easter would fall at roughly the same time each year. At that comment, something in my head clicked. I don't know why it hadn't before, but it did. I woke up to the fact that Christianity is a hodge-podge of stolen stories and symbols. Most of the holidays and symbols that have accumulated over the countless centuries of Zombie Jesus worship were stolen from either the pagans, or from other polytheistic religions. In the same vein, I find it hilarious that the Christmas tree, so beloved by the xtians, is actually spoken out against in the Bible, in Micah I think. It's yet another stolen symbol from other religions, but y'all knew that.

Anyway, to answer y'all's questions about my major, the name Lord Mithras rings a bell, not too familiar with that, and those books I'll have to check out. My emphasis in military history, something I've been learning about since I was able to read.

BTW, robj101, what trade school did you go to? TSTC mayhaps?

 

Editorial note: I fact checked myself, and it's Jeremiah that speaks out against trees.

Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. 2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. 4 They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.


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Gary Job Corps, lol.

Gary Job Corps, lol.


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Its great to see another

Its great to see another Texan join up. I attended SWTSU back in '79 - '82 and man, it was heaven on earth! Hope it is the same for you. I mostly lurk here but this is a very good site with some awesome intellect on display. Any Christians had better have well thought out arguments indeed! My thought has always been that theology simply does not make a lick of sense, so it has to be massive cultural programming at work. Read through the posts and enjoy! Maybe someday we can make a difference in this quagmire of superstition that is Texas...


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 A fellow Bobcat atheist?

 A fellow Bobcat atheist? Kick ass! Thank you for the welcome, good sir.


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In keeping with the spirit

In keeping with the spirit of this forum I will mention that I dated a nice girl from the Baptist Student Union for a while. She taught me a little Bible and in return was tutored in the ancient Roman lingual arts. God was mentioned many times...


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Indiana Cajones wrote:In

Indiana Cajones wrote:

In keeping with the spirit of this forum I will mention that I dated a nice girl from the Baptist Student Union for a while. She taught me a little Bible and in return was tutored in the ancient Roman lingual arts. God was mentioned many times...

i was in bsu in college.  i know in most colleges they're sort of another version of campus crusade for christ, i.e., huge movements with enormous meetings, a tight clique of leaders, propaganda for group mission trips, horrible "praise and worship" music, religious skits that are supposed to be funny, etc.  in my school, however, bsu was actually really nice.  it was sort of where the campus crusade misfits who were still religious but not in the modern "cool" way went to hang out.  we were a small group--the biggest we ever got was around 30--and we were all good friends.  plus, our brand of religion skipped all the guilt trip bullshit so i actually got to fool around with a couple of the girls in the group before i graduated. 

my god, one of the best chicks i ever had was in bsu.  she was a basketball player with a killer body.  i mean she was stacked but everything on her was just good, firm muscle.  she started out shy but it only took me a couple evenings to cure her of that.  that girl turned into a goddamn lynx.  sigh...

ironically enough, she was from texas.

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I said, 'Father change my name.'
The one I'm using now it's covered up
with fear and filth and cowardice and shame."
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Heya Porter, welcome!

Heya Porter, welcome!

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