Hello. Sacramento Atheist who is planning a move to Modesto soon, and...
Hello everyone. My name is Toby (Ybot backwards... I know, not that creative, LOL) and I am a semi-closeted atheist (I'll explain later) currently living in Sacramento.
So, to get down to the nitty gritty, I joined this site to stay connected (even as a lurker) to the atheist community. What really prompts me to write this, my introduction and first post, is that I will be moving soon to Modesto and am finding that I am a bit anxious about the move (naturally), but specifically one of my issues is my perception of the Modesto area of being more fundamentalist christian in nature, and less open to atheists.
I may be wrong in my perceptions of Modesto, but none the less the anxiety is there. Normally, even if my perceptions were true (which I'm not sure they are) it wouldn't bother me, but the thing is I am starting as the head instructor at a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school there and I am worried that being open about my active disbelief could be detrimental to my future business.
Truth be told I'm not the kind of person that loudly proclaims that I am an atheist, but I also don't go out of my way to hide it, and have been known to call people on non-sense. An example of the kind of non-sense that I find it hard to keep quiet about would be a recent post on Facebook by my older half-sister (who happens to live in the Turlock/Modesto area). Here's what it said (quoted from image posted on Facebook):
The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason what so ever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs.
Makes perfect sense.
Anyway, maybe I've gone on a bit of a tangent, but the point is I'm here for advice, support, and just plain understanding.