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Greetings, fellow rational thinkers!  I'm an atheist from Texas (another one, apparently) and I'm happy to have found a place to commune with like-minded people.  As you can imagine, the atheist community in Texas, while it may be numerous, tends to be quiet.

A bit about me:  I was raised in the Church of Christ, though my parents were never strict about religion in our home and even encouraged free thinking.   I've always been a skeptic and advertised myself as an agnostic during High School and college, led primarily by my love of science and inability to consolidate what I knew about reality with what I was taught about god and religion.  I graduated to full-bore atheist soon after college, though I almost never shared that with friends and family.  Almost everyone I know is religious to some extent, and even now atheists make up one of the last groups that people are not ashamed to denigrate and judge.

I think the next step for me is to become more comfortable sharing my atheism with everyone, and possibly becoming more active as an American and Texan atheist since, frankly, the rise of fundamentalist religion as a political force in America frightens me.

 

I'm looking forward to being a part of the group!


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                 Yet another atheist in bible-belt Texas, who-ray y'all!!!  I'm in Toronto area of Canada, eh?  Do you ever watch the Atheist Experience pod cast out of Austin, every Sunday 4:30 to 6:00 CST?  What branch of science do you specialize in?

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We should start a club,

We should start a club, "rednecks in disbelief" or something.

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RecklessHumor wrote:sharing my atheism

   Well,Welcome to the Machine ! enjoy.I have cousins that live in Texas and they're all religious.I think that most of them live in the Alameda-Eastland county.I really dig Austin Texas though,home of the great  Steve Ray Vaughn,man could he play --- Woo.The rest of Texas I don't know nothing about,well not to much more. 

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Thanks for the welcome!I'm

Thanks for the welcome!

I'm actually not a scientist.  Though I love it, I have no talent for it.  I'm in business strategy (formerly a lawyer).

 

I went to UT in Austin, and spent several years practicing law there ... I miss that town!  It had a very diverse flavor, including the political landscape.  I wouldn't call it un-religious, though.  In fact there's a Catholic university (St. Ed's) just a few miles away from UT, and I didn't have much experience with the atheist community while I was there.

 

I haven't heard the podcast, but I will definitely check it out!


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robj101 wrote:rednecks......

   If I remember right, the term rednecks was a honor in many ways,I think that it was started in the 1860's in Virginia,when coal miners that were Union members wore red scarfs around their neck,it showed solidarity among the wokers.Now back then the coal companies would hire kids,but if you were in the Union you knew that kids were used,they were under paid workers.So remember that the term "redneck"came from the workers in the coal mines.Now a day's,it has been in a negative way.

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I always thought "redneck"

I always thought "redneck" was a derogatory term that was originally used to identify white manual laborers, mostly farm workers, who had sun burned (red) necks from working in the fields.


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RecklessHumor wrote:I always

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I always thought "redneck" was a derogatory term that was originally used to identify white manual laborers, mostly farm workers, who had sun burned (red) necks from working in the fields.

 

Here in the NW - and probably other parts of the country as well - we call it a "farmer's tan".  Includes your head, neck, hands and lower arms.  Whatever isn't covered by your short sleeve shirt.

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                 Yet another atheist in bible-belt Texas, who-ray y'all!!!  I'm in Toronto area of Canada, eh?  Do you ever watch the Atheist Experience pod cast out of Austin, every Sunday 4:30 to 6:00 CST?  What branch of science do you specialize in?

 

I was going to mention that too.  They have more than a podcast, they have a weekly public access TV show, a bi-weekly pod cast, and the meet regularly in 'real life' too!

Everything makes more sense now that I've stopped believing.


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Jeffrick wrote:

 

 

 

                 Yet another atheist in bible-belt Texas, who-ray y'all!!!  I'm in Toronto area of Canada, eh?  Do you ever watch the Atheist Experience pod cast out of Austin, every Sunday 4:30 to 6:00 CST?  What branch of science do you specialize in?

 

I was going to mention that too.  They have more than a podcast, they have a weekly public access TV show, a bi-weekly pod cast, and the meet regularly in 'real life' too!

 

 

 

                   I'd love to take part in their get togethers,  and summer bat boat cruise,  but it's unlikely I'll ever be in Texas (or an act of god maybe) so you locals go on over and say howdy for me,   with a Canadian accent, eh?

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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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Holy cow! That makes 5

Holy cow! That makes 5 Atheist Texan's I have found in the past 2 weeks. Now we have the fundies by the short hairs! Welcome...


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RecklessHumor wrote:I always

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I always thought "redneck" was a derogatory term that was originally used to identify white manual laborers, mostly farm workers, who had sun burned (red) necks from working in the fields.

 

It's "cool" around here I guess.

It seems to be heavily associated with "southern pride" or racism or being a dumbass in general, lol.

Just watch one episode of the dukes of hazzard.

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RecklessHumor wrote:Even now

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Even now atheists make up one of the last groups that people are not ashamed to denigrate and judge.

 

Spot on.

It's presumably partly what motivates a lot of us to think and say 'enough is enough'.

 

That's the point of being an anti-stamp-collector.


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Indiana Cajones wrote:Holy

Indiana Cajones wrote:

Holy cow! That makes 5 Atheist Texan's I have found in the past 2 weeks. Now we have the fundies by the short hairs! Welcome...

    Born in Dallas, Tx....

   ( Lived in Austin as a kid, watched Charles Whitman shooting from the UTA Clock Tower on TV.... )

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