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October 30th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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Let's get a check on who all visits and posts on here! Just a quickie roll call--name, what state you are from, are you atheist or agnostic or other, and how long have you been that. Maybe throw in there how many kids, if you are married, and age if you want.


I am Beth, married mommy of two. I am 28 and also a proud surrogate mother. I live in Iowa, and I am a very proud atheist. I have been an atheist for a while, but I think it took a while to bring it out. I left Christianity at the age of 16, practiced in Pagan rituals for a while...then was just nothing for a few years. I came back to Paganism at the age of 24, and for about three years, I questioned everything about religion and came to the conclusion that atheism was the answer. My hubby is also atheist and we are raising our children as atheists as well.
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October 30th, 2011, 05:26 PM
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I'm Jenna, I'm 26.
Raised in a relatively religion-free home by a Presbyterian mom (I had to double-check with her on this a while ago - thought it was Protestant, but it's the other "P" one. ) and a Catholic dad, attended Baptist church/VBS in elementary school, but I don't think I've ever actually believed in the God that the church talks about. Took it more as a fable back then. By high school, I was only attending youth group, and only for the social aspect of it. After a very large difference of opinion with the youth minister, I stopped that too.
Religion isn't the big deal here that it is in other parts of the country/world. If I tell someone that I'm atheist, there's no negative reaction. People here seem to respect more that not everyone shares the same beliefs, and very few are pushy about their religion of choice. This is a major reason that we still live here, despite hating the long and cold winters.
Caitlin will be raised without specific religion. Religion is an important part of my educational philosophy, though - if that's what it's called - and she will learn about the different religions of the world, but not from the perspective of any of them. If she chooses to believe something other than what her father and I believe, we'll respect that.
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November 1st, 2011, 11:24 PM
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Let's get a check on who all visits and posts on here! Just a quickie roll call--name, what state you are from, are you atheist or agnostic or other, and how long have you been that. Maybe throw in there how many kids, if you are married, and age if you want.
I'm Jen, from Colorado, mama to Devan who turned 2 at the end of August this year. I'm an atheist, my husband is agnostic. We're going to raise Devan atheist but if he chooses at some point in his life to follow a religion we'll support his decision.

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I am Beth, married mommy of two. I am 28 and also a proud surrogate mother. I live in Iowa, and I am a very proud atheist. I have been an atheist for a while, but I think it took a while to bring it out. I left Christianity at the age of 16, practiced in Pagan rituals for a while...then was just nothing for a few years. I came back to Paganism at the age of 24, and for about three years, I questioned everything about religion and came to the conclusion that atheism was the answer. My hubby is also atheist and we are raising our children as atheists as well.
Where in Iowa do you live? I was born and raised in Iowa for 23 years. I lived in Windsor Heights and Clive (suburbs of Des Moines) and I lived in Ames when I went to college. But I have (had) family all over Iowa.
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November 2nd, 2011, 03:31 PM
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I'm Melissa and I'm 25, married, living in Florida. Mommy to Kaley who's turning 4 in 2 weeks and I'm due in April. I've been agnostic for 4 years officially but a skeptic for much longer.
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November 2nd, 2011, 03:35 PM
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I live over by Sioux City. I know where Clive is though---that is where I go to the fertility clinic!! I have been down there quite often the last year!
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November 3rd, 2011, 01:25 PM
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I live in Alabama where it is not cool to be an Atheist. Thinking back, I am pretty sure that I have always been a disbeliever but really started to express those thoughts around 17.

I am married (10 years) and have 1 child and one on the way. I strongly feel that if either/both of my children develop a tendency towards religion, I will have failed as a parent.
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November 7th, 2011, 11:44 PM
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I live over by Sioux City. I know where Clive is though---that is where I go to the fertility clinic!! I have been down there quite often the last year!
Very cool! I know where Sioux City is too. I have never actually been there though.
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Not October, but thought I'd start posting here!

I'm Sophie, WTTC (with donor sperm, single/lesbian) until I finish my University degree (Midwifery). I'm Atheist, have been since a wee child when I started noticing how ridiculous the Bible was. I'm not in the States, QLD Australia.
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