Ello form Hellish South Africa (pun intended)
By way of introduction and a smidge of self explanation for the "full story"
I am a deaf bugger from SA who has been an athiest since about the age of 12/13. The shift occouered during the time we lived in Israel and I encountered the joys of the Abrahamic religions at their very worst.
Cut a decade or so into the future, and I ended up contracting Meningitis, resulting in a coma and being 'dead' twice (so the doc said). No lights appeared, no supernatural entities playing tug o' war with my so called soul, nothing. Technology and progress have brought me my hearing back in the form of an implant, not some inane skydaddy answering ludicrous parayers of hope. By the by as an aside I can still speak hebrew rather well and have used this in some debates fairly recentlly.
P.S. If Brian37 stumbles this way. There was an article in a south african news source a couple of weeks ago regarding the age old atheism vs Religion idea and I believe you may have made a comment, If so well done on being the most eloquent of the posters theron
Yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for I am the bi9ggest mother%$&@#%$ in the valley and I carry a big stick