Hello, my name's David and I'm an atheist. I have never believed in God for the same reason I've never believed in Santa or the Tooth Fairy. Never understood why my parents fed me that. Up until about a month ago, I thought that Noah's Arc was just told to kids for fun. I was amazed when I was told that people actually believed it. In fact, when I watched an old Penn and Teller, they were saying that the flood created the Grand Canyon!
For a while I decided that I was being politically correct and if I was ever asked or pressed I would declare myself agnostic. I then looked up the definition of Atheist and realised its not what you know, it's what you believe.
I'm from New Zealand which is a small nation just to the south of Australia. Not sure how many people in this forum are from there, but we've just begun to launch the Atheist Bus Campaign. So far it was banned from buses because it was offending passengers. Instead you'll find it on bill-boards all over the country. I thought this was progress but unluckily for us the country has taken a step backward. The government declared New Zealand a secular nation. As soon as the Christians found out about this they were up in arms and the government retracted the statement. One comment was that declaring New Zealand a secular nation would diminish the Church's ability to influence public opinion and government policy! I think that when it is this extreme its time we start getting angry. Unbelievable? Here's the article.
Just thought it might be worth sharing this sort of stuff. Any input into how you'd combat this is most welcome. Good to be a part of the forums, and you'll probably hear me ranting away (constructively of course) and defending the cause.