Oh my God! (no pun intended) I'm so glad you Guys Exist
Hey people I'm B (names Brandon but I hate that name) and I love what you're doing. My journey to atheism is an all too familiar one but very personal and important to me. Early on in my teenage years (13-15) I began to take issue with certain philosophies of my religion (Baptist) while of course never doubting the validity of the bible itself. Of course, then I felt much guilt as the fundamental things that were important in the bible that I disagreed with began to pile up. I had found a girl that I cared about deeply when I got to college and I didn't want to be made to feel guilty for being intimate with her. I also have heard stories of homosexuals who have mutilated themselves as to "not commit attrocities in the face of God". Other issues such as the morality in curse words (I fuckin love em and don't believe you can attach morality to words without context) lead me to really simply disregard religion's rules but my guilt still caused me to hold on to the belief that Jesus Christ DID die for my sins and I'd eventually HAVE to change my ways in order to avoid hell.
It was only after I happened to catch a speech by Sam Harris at a University on CSpan that I felt my apathetic/agnostic/slightly still faithful attitude turn into a more solid atheism belief. It was then that I really looked into the facts on the validity of the stories IN the bible that I discovered something that even I didn't expect. Christianity IS bullshit, it's a forgery for one thing and is (in the simplest terms) glorified Sun worship. It was stunning even for someone like me to find out that there was NO CREDIBILITY to Christianity whatsoever. And when that knowlege became known to me, the floodgates opened, so to speak. I've been researching ever since, and all signs point to the atheistic view as the closest to the absolute truth, which admittedly NO ONE knows.
I then turned to the world around me, which began to distrub me greatly. The people in charge of our government, giving us our news (in a biased way) and people who hold real power in the world at large, use these fairy tales to affect decisions they make that impact me and you directly! It was then that my atheism became more DEVOUT. We need to erradicate relgion in America as best we can, so incompotent leaders who appeal to "value voters" don't even HAVE another oppurtunity to be in power. Reason and rationale need to be paramount in this country and not the anti intellectual pride that the red state Christians flaunt at every convenience. So now I've found ya'll, and the work you're doing is invaluable to the wellfare of this country and eventuall possibly the whole world.
Glad to be here.I look forward to learnin an assload more than I do now, about Theology so that debunking these crazy beliefs will be no harder than a walk in the park.
The more you know about the world around you, the less you have to make up.