heya from Alabama
hi everybody! i'm so glad to have found this site! i live in Birmingham, Alabama, where the vast majority of people think that being atheist means i worship the devil! (why they would think i believe in a devil when i don't believe in a god is beyond me.) my boyfriend and i are RABID atheists and i've found that discussing this with anyone in this city tends to set me up for actual violence. apparently folks here take their religion more seriously than they take mutual respect and sheer common decency to others. (not a surprise.)
i've been hurt by christians in ways you wouldn't believe. i actually had to take a leave of absence from a job once because i would come to work and find open bibles on my desk, was told at EVERY yearly review that i need "christ in my life", was put on the prayer list (from the non-obligatory prayer meeting before work), and collected a pile of religious pamphlets from my boss. i actually had a nervous breakdown.
nowdays i get so angry at people constantly trying to push their various religious beliefs down my throat that i will not hesitate to tell them i'm an atheist. i don't believe in any religion buy christianity in particular is threatening my rights as a person and my welfare. and that's a very serious threat.
but anyway, i'm very glad to be here! hope to have some good conversations with you guys.
"Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand."