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    for taking the time to write that diary and mentioning it here. I missed the diary when it originally posted.

    It has often been gut wrenching as a non-theist  living in the bible belt. My very presence as a non believer seems to be a threat to those of faith. I don't seek to "convert" anyone. I am not seeking to "corrupt" any one. I live my life as ethically as I can. I seek truth as a fundamental value. I treat others as I would want to be treted. I am generally a nurturing, giving person. I avoid telling Christian friends and colleagues of mine what I actually believe. I don't want the same look of betrayal, fear, and loathing I have experienced in the past. I dont want to be ostracized simply for my lack of faith.

    Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the begining of wisdom. ---Bertand Russell

    by leeroy on Fri Oct 14, 2005 at 11:42:30 PM PDT

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    •  leeroy (none)
      I really empathize.  I was raised in an atheist family that kept to itself.  I always had an outsider sort of feeling about Christmas, Easter, pledge of allegiance, and endless daily references to something we did not share.  I recall being a small child in grade school when a kid during recess came up to me and showed me a picture in a bible of a tortured Jesus bleeding on the cross. He said, in that conspiratorial way of kids looking at porn, "This is what we believe in."  A highly empathic and sensitive child who loved animals and shunned all forms of violence, I was shocked and utterly horrified.  I'll never forget that moment.  It was my introduction to the dominant religious culture.

      "The survival value of intelligence is that it allows us to extinct a bad idea, before the idea extincts us." -- Karl Popper

      by eyeswideopen on Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 12:06:01 AM PDT

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