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Title: New member from Mississippi
Post by: jgl53 on October 01, 2013, 01:25:39 PM
Yes, I am the smartest person in a whole state.  And it was easy (Only half-kidding).

I was raised southern baptist but never really got into it, even though my father was a deacon and my only brother-in-law a preacher.

I have been a self-recognized atheist since 1977, i.e., most of my adult life since I am 64 yrs. old.

We have an atheist meet-up group in Jackson and around 20 or so come to the monthly meetings.  About half of them seem to be transplants and half native-born, like me.

I'm close to being a charter member of Freedom of Religion Foundation.  They do good work.

I like the name of this forum.  It sort of puts the religious on the defensive at the get go, does it not? lol.
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Nam on October 01, 2013, 01:30:03 PM
We have so much in common. I am a former Southern Baptist and I was born in 1977.

:P

-Nam
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: jgl53 on October 01, 2013, 01:33:39 PM
I like to think of myself as technically a former southern baptist.  IOW I don't remember being given much of a choice (during my time as a dependent of my parents).
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: neopagan on October 01, 2013, 02:02:13 PM
Welcome aboard jgl53

Recovering Southern Baptists myself... escaped less than a year ago and still cannot get the stink of potluck dinners and Welch's grape juice off me
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: ParkingPlaces on October 01, 2013, 03:13:42 PM
Welcome jgl53. We're about the same age but I was born and raised in Oregon and didn't have to put up with the religious crap. I did spend close to a year in Biloxi while in the Air Force, but luckily I didn't catch anything. Stick around. We have fun, even though a lot of us don't have accents. Well, not southern accents.
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: One Above All on October 01, 2013, 03:22:19 PM
Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Graybeard on October 01, 2013, 03:25:18 PM
Welcome jgl53. I'm the same age as you but have never suffered from religion. My father was an atheist and gave me a good grounding in dismissing fairy stories. If you notice the extra 'u' and fewer 'z's in my writing, it's because I'm in the UK.
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Nick on October 01, 2013, 03:28:32 PM
Mississippi?  Isn't that one of those states that has a church on every other block?

And welcome.  Oh, and how did you find us?
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Nam on October 01, 2013, 04:27:52 PM
I like to think of myself as technically a former southern baptist.  IOW I don't remember being given much of a choice (during my time as a dependent of my parents).

Fine! we have nothing in common. (no one likes me) :'(

-Nam
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Nick on October 01, 2013, 05:54:05 PM
I like to think of myself as technically a former southern baptist.  IOW I don't remember being given much of a choice (during my time as a dependent of my parents).

Fine! we have nothing in common. (no one likes me) :'(

-Nam
It's OK, Nam.  There is a turkey vulture out there with fond memories of you. ;)
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Nam on October 01, 2013, 05:59:56 PM
I like to think of myself as technically a former southern baptist.  IOW I don't remember being given much of a choice (during my time as a dependent of my parents).

Fine! we have nothing in common. (no one likes me) :'(

-Nam
It's OK, Nam.  There is a turkey vulture out there with fond memories of you. ;)

That's true.

:)

-Nam
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: jgl53 on October 01, 2013, 09:17:27 PM
Mississippi?  Isn't that one of those states that has a church on every other block?

And welcome.  Oh, and how did you find us?

Mississippi does have a lot of churches but I think most southern states are highly competitive in that area.

I don't remember how I heard of WWGHA.  I think someone may have mentioned it on one of the other forums I frequent, most likely Librarything.com.
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: wright on October 02, 2013, 01:25:20 AM
Welcome to the forum.
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: viocjit on October 02, 2013, 01:55:58 PM
Welcome to the forum !
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: junebug72 on October 03, 2013, 03:50:32 AM
Hello jgl53.  I'm the local theist, spiritual not religious, and a fellow southerner.   Welcome aboard! 

JB
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: neopagan on October 03, 2013, 09:58:42 AM
^^^ JB may be able to help interpret for you if there's a language barrier - "y'all" speak the same language.  :)
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: Nam on October 03, 2013, 08:10:24 PM
^^^ JB may be able to help interpret for you if there's a language barrier - "y'all" speak the same language.  :)

It's yer'll[1]. Get it right.

;)

-Nam
 1. my phone actually states this is a word
Title: Re: New member from Mississippi
Post by: junebug72 on October 05, 2013, 05:56:01 AM
Don't go barking up the wrong tree or I might have an ax to grind. lol :laugh: