I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for this website.
Like most people in this country I was raised to believe in god, (by my grandparents
and thankfully they weren't the over-the-top, church-going type, just more of a
general lip-service type), unlike most people who were raised that way, it never
felt right to me. My father tried to baptize me when I was about 10 and I screamed
and cried so much he finally just forced my head underwater, (it was one of those en
mass beach affairs). About a year later he sent me to a christian summer camp, where
at one point the all of the kids and counselors gathered around a campfire to pledge
themselves to god. I refused. I was the only one. I was pressured and eventually
scorned for it, and I couldn't even understand myself why I wouldn't; after all
aren't you supposed to believe everything adults tell you at that age? It wasn't
until I was in high school that I even knew there were other options or what term
best described how I felt...
Now I'm the only atheist, (and I use that term loosely because I hate to affiliate
myself with any group 100%), I know and it gets a little frustrating at times. I
have had to bite my tongue and curb my laughter so often for fear of offending, that
I just want to scream sometimes. I have given up trying to talk sense into any of my
loved ones and have even had to stoop as low as playing the "let's pretend god is
real" game for the sake of too many arguments. I almost forgot how truly heinous the
bible is (and most religious texts), and you also reminded me why religion is so
dangerous. I wish it were not true but it is. I wish I could say, "I don't care what
other people believe", but I can't; those people affect our daily lives way too much
and hurt too many people.
I really haven't done much research into these kinds of websites, but I found yours
to be very straight-forward, intelligent, and done with finesse (and some humor). I
think it would be all too tempting to be hostile and hateful, but you have taken a
higher road and I'm glad.
Unfortunately, religion is here to stay (at least for the for-seeable future).
However, it is nice to know I am not alone is my disbelief.