Please allow me to introduce myself
...I'm a man of wealth and taste.
Well, I have good taste, anyway.
Anyway, Rook pointed me this way from myspace and I figured I could use some good conversation with some rational thinkers.
My name's Marquis--that's my real name--my net handle is usually El Lechero. I'm an atheist living in Albuquerque. I found about about RRS from Freethoughtmedia.com where I'd gone to listen to the Infidel Guy.
I've been a lifelong lover of science. My first magazine subscription was when my parents bought one for me to Discover when I was 9. I think the first experience I had that turned me into a science freak was looking at a picture of Saturn in Discover and realizing that it was a real place somewhere out there. The Catholic education I was receiving at the time paled in comparison to that sense of real wonder and, much to my father's initial shagrin, I started identifying myself as an atheist shortly after.
I have almost no Christian friends so I'm blissfully free of being bothered with that, at least at an intimate level, most of the time. I've been a part of the "Gothic" subculture for many years and, thus, many of my friends identify themselves as pagans, witches, agnostics or atheists.
I embrace the principles of logic in my life and I respect anyone who can point out a flaw in mine so long as they're willing to acknowledge when there is a flaw in theirs. I spent a long time learning to "not rock the boat" but, thanks to folks like the RRS and others, I've come to appreciate the value of being a shit starter. Especially when confronted with people who are full of shit.
At any rate, what will motivate me to be that shit starter is intolerance (I'm bisexual and a bit of a libertine), hatred and watching people sacrifice their lives to their imaginary friends.
I also suck at describing myself. I am, however, a decent writer, having been a staff writer at a newspaper and having had articles published on technical subjects, album reviews, political screeds, etc.
I look forward to getting to know the folks that haunt these boards!