How I became an atheist @emma_c_williams

Picture an English boarding school with an in-house Reverend, a fully-functioning Chapel and regular Divinity classes. Then imagine a liberal upbringing, by parents who refused to tell you what their religious beliefs were in the hope that you would choose your own path. There, in a nutshell, you have my childhood.

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Announcement

It was a while since I wrote an actual blog post, and to be perfectly honest this will be the hardest one to do. I have never had to do this before and I assure you I have battled with holding out as long as possible.  I have received no news of work, and do not know when or if I will.  Unfortunately we live in a time where the bills continue to come in, no matter your situation.  I have found myself in an unfamiliar territory and I have never felt this helpless.

You will never see it on my social media or my hangouts, but deep down I am hurting.  I have always been able to be the best and provide the best for my family, but right now I can’t and it is killing me.  You may have noticed I added the Paypal donate button back on my blog and I do not expect anyone to help, but it would be greatly appreciated.  I hate to ask, but I am that desperate now.

But with that being said, regardless if I get anything I will continue to press on and continue to better myself.  I will not stop doing this and helping the people who have helped me so much.  Without working, I have been able to set up some great new things and will be unveiling them in the near future.  I will be continuing to keep pushing out better posts, hangouts and a whole new blog.  I love the hangouts and I appreciate all of the support I have been getting back from everyone.  They will only be getting bigger and better with each one, again I have big plans for those.  With your donations, I promise you with everything in my body I will continue to be what you known me to be and keep doing what I am doing.  You have pushed and made me what I am, and I can never thank you enough for that.

Spending time within this community is the first time in my life that I have felt like I belonged and I never had to change or be anything else to be apart of it.  You all make me proud and honored to be apart of something so great and special, that so few actually know exists.  Thank you all for reading the post and I thank you for helping me along this ride.

Secular Parenting Hangout

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A very important topic no doubt, I brought together a panel of atheist parents to hear their perspective on secular parenting and take in live questions as well.

How I became an atheist @mrozatheist

Donovan was kind enough to allow me to share his story from his blog for this segment.

Losing my religion.

I was born, at a young age, into a large Catholic family – Dad the second eldest of 10 kids. As previously noted in this blog I was christened, like most babies in Catholic families, without my consent and without any knowledge of what was happening. With never having a choice, I was a suddenly a Roman Catholic.

Announcing The “Not Alone” Project

Our friend @MartinPribble has started a new campaign to help our community, and allow those to find their voice within it.  Also it allows those to come out in a safe environment, where many can not because of their surroundings.  I am pleased to announce and fully support The Not Alone Project.

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Lose the Beard for Leukemia

As captain of the North Florida Atheist team, for the Jacksonville Light the Night Walk, in an attempt to help raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I will be sacrificing my beard.

The idea is, you have three options of a new facial hair style to choose from. To vote you must donate at least one dollar.  All donations are through FundRazr, which is supported by Paypal. By the end of the fundraising event (October 31st, 2013) the style with the highest funds raised wins. I will shave my beard to that style and wear it for our walk.  Of course many pictures will be taken and posted for your enjoyment!  Clicking the style below will take you directly to the website to donate to your favorite style.  All proceeds go to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Handle Bar

Handle Bar

The Handle Bar

Mutton Chops

Mutton Chops

Mutton Chops

Half Beard

Half Beard

Half Beard

If you would like to make a separate donation to our team you may by visiting the link below:

Welcome to our Team’s Homepage
Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in over two hundred communities each fall across North America.

http://pages.lightthenight.org/ncfl/Jacksonv13/NorthFloridaAtheists

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Our Key Priorities will ensure that: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helps blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.

How I became an atheist @LadyAtheist

I’ll begin by saying thank you Gamma for urging me to do this. I find relief in writing, though my works are mediocre :)
     Theists often say “You are just angry with god” as a means to degrade atheists. I can say, with some dignity, that I used to be angry with god, although this is no longer the case. Now that I have broken free from the reigns of fear and lies and delusion I am a much happier person.

7 Tips for Coming Out as an Atheist

By David G. McAfee

Coming out as an atheist doesn’t only apply to those who are new to non-belief, and it’s not just a one-off personal event only involving close family. Public non-belief means many different things to many people but, in a society that’s largely intolerant of faithlessness, it’s always an ongoing process that arises again each time an atheist is asked about his or her beliefs – or lack thereof.

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How I became an atheist @rdomalley

Coming out… as an atheist

I’m 26. I grew up in a typical Christian home in a conservative town -
church every Sunday, grace before every dinner, youth meetings on
Fridays, etc. My parents were elders in the church, and I became a
“life group” leader at sixteen. If I wasn’t tone-deaf, I probably
would’ve been on the worship team too.

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Atheist hangouts with Google

I have received a lot of questions about this Google hangouts and how they can join in on the fun.  So with the great idea from @groovyskeptic I am writing a blog post to help those familiarize themselves with it and also explain how you can make an account and join in on the fun.

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How I became an atheist @2012freeatheist

It all started a year ago. I won’t say it took a moment or even a day! It was a very long, hard and heart-breaking process.  I’ve been a Christian believer for more than 20 years and I never thought I’d be losing my religion any way possible… I was a very strong believer, loved my god, worshiped him, served him…bottom line, my whole life was about making my god happy and satisfied. I spent most of my time at church doing services and stuff.

Help Be Secular help Secular Student Alliance

The Secular Student Alliance is proud to announce that we are launching a campaign to fund a Rapid Response Organizer!

Daniel Koster, whose group stood up against bible distributions at their high school, knows how helpful a Rapid Response Organizer will be.

The Rapid Response Organizer (RRO) will be a full-time position with the SSA.  This person will monitor news reports and our own networks to react as early as possible to situations where secular students need help standing up for their rights or where secular students are doing especially amazing work.  As quickly as possible, the RRO will then travel anywhere in the country to either mitigate the negative situations or amplify the positive ones!

Facebook messages, emails, and phone calls are great, but there is a power that comes with being face-to-face with someone and able to gather additional information firsthand.  The RRO will allow us to offer a totally new level of support to brave secular students.

When public schools refuse to let an SSA group form, or a secular student works to end a school-sponsored religious ceremony, we’ll be able to educate the students directly on the law, and also the legal resources within the secular movement.  The RRO will also work to educate the school and school community about the law and also the value of embracing secular students as part of their community.

The link for donating is http://rapid.secularstudents.org/besecular

Florida Freethought Convention 2013!

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We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the Florida Freethought 2013 Conference! The theme for this year is ‘Building a Better Florida Through Diversity’. We have an eclectic line-up of speakers that will talk about diversity within the freethought community; and it is through our combined efforts that we can and will build a better Florida.

All of the information you’ll need can be found here: floridahumanist.org/freethought-conference

Enjoy the attached video and please share with all of your friends.

Hope to see you there!

Introducing the new Gamma Atheist channel

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Here is our first Google hangout with @groovyskeptic & @americanican

It was our first one so it is a little rough, but we get to learn more about the two and how they both became atheists.

We take questions from the Twitter community and enjoy some good laughs as well. Enjoy

Subscribe to my YouTube channel here to catch more future hangouts!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZY0A-_zYOtgoFEk862KUMQ