Greetings, fellow non-believers!
I was raised as a Christian and between the ages of eight and nine, my brother and I had a Bible mentor who came over on weekends to go over Scripture with us. Even way back then I thought that there was something terribly wrong because I never received satisfactory answers. I vividly remember asking my Bible mentor why he said that Solomon wouldn't make it into Heaven and he replied that it was because he didn't worship God. I pleaded, as if my mentor himself could get Solomon into Heaven: but he was a good king! He said that being a good king didn't matter, he was still not going to Heaven. I soon realized that being a good person counted for nothing and by the time I was twelve I no longer believed.
As a black atheist, I've always found it hard to find friends and family that I could discuss my anti-Christian views with. Statistics show that black Americans pray and go to church more frequently than the rest of the American population and this is truly in accordance with my experiences. Having to deal with these ever present dogmas on a regular basis also helped me to find atheism and I'm glad that things turned out the way they did. If I hadn't had these ridiculous ideas continually shoved down my throat, I may never have gotten free from the brainwashing.
I fully support the Rational Response movement and hope to befriend some like-minded people.
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers -Mignon McLaughlin