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I came to the conclusion that the stories associated with Christianity were all nonsense at the age of 12. I continued in the Methodist Church for social reasons until the age of 18. I was almost always elected President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship, and I was on the Church board of directors. When I went to college, I had no more motivation to be involved in religion. I met a beautiful highly-motivated atheist woman when I was 22. We had 16 fantastic years together before she passed away. My second wife was not religious when I met her, but we moved from Silicon Valley to Bloomington, IL, home of the megachurches, and she because religious for social reasons. It was a disaster for our marriage. I'm now single again, looking for other like-minded atheists and agnostics.

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My 7 year old son has said on occasion that he doesn't care if he dies because he will go to heaven,...
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
When he gets a little older (11 or 12) show him this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r-e2NDSTuE
How to let your children find their own way?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Have her read the book of Genesis. If she can think rationally, she will conclude it's all a bunch of Jewish fairy tales.
I often am frustrated by the lack of events in my town WITHOUT some kind of religious affiliation. ...
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Yes.
When at a family dinner, and somebody wants to say grace, what do you do?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Do not close your eyes. Do not bow your head. Wait patiently until the nonsense is over.
Why are there more male than female atheists?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
I think with respect to Christianity, many women find the idea of a male figure that loves them and will look out for them to be comforting. I think that idea gives many men the creeps.
Has anyone else helped a person leave religion or god belief?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
The best thing to do to convert them is to ask them to read to book of Genesis and ask them if they believe: 1. Humans came into being a few days after the universe was created. 2. A talking snake tricked a rib-woman into eating a magic apple. 3. Humans once lived for 1000 years, but god changed the number of telomere pairs in every cell of their bodies to reduce their life spans to 100 years. 4. There was a global flood that left absolutely no evidence behind.
Lack of STEM and the downfall of American dominance...
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
As long as we maintain our freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and the government doesn't spend us into a sovereign debt default, the USA will still be an attractive place for immigrants trained in STEM.
Are we alone in the universe?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Most likely not. There are almost 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars out there. If one in a trillion of them supported life, that means there would be life on a trillion other planets. The spacing of planets around the sun is almost in proportion to a fibonacci sequence. It's likely that that is the case in other solar systems too. That means a significant fraction of solar systems will have a planet at the "sweet spot" between freezing and boiling which would support life as we know it. Plus the fossil data shows that life sprung up pretty quickly on earth. We should expect the same on many other solar systems.
Yo, who else loves mexican food?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
I do. I lived in Santa Barbara, CA for 6 years. That's when I was first exposed to high-quality authentic Mexican food.
Have you boycotted certain businesses based on your (non) religious principles?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Chick Fil A makes an incredible spicy chicken deluxe sandwich. I usually get a craving for one on Sunday, then I'm disappointed that they are not open.
What's the last good book you've read? Why?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams. Ted Williams was a childhood hero of my father. My father passed away, and reading the book reminded me of a lot of the stories my father had told me about him. Also, Ted's mother was a hardcore bible thumper, and Ted was an atheist. That's right, the best hitter who ever lived didn't believe in God.
What is the best way to get rid of someone preaching to you?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Did you hear the following joke? One day two people rang my doorbell and when I answered they gave me a blank pamphlet. I said "This doesn't have anything on it" One of them responded "I know, we're atheists"
What nerdy activities do you enjoy? (gaming, cosplay, sci-fi)
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Playing video games with my 11 year old son.
Are atheist as racist as religious people?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Most of my closest friends are either atheist or agnostic, and well over half of them are involved in interracial marriage where one spouse is Asian and one spouse is of European descent.
Should I baptize my kids to appease my mom?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
No! Do everything you can to support them in rational evidence-based thinking.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle.
Anyone else slightly obsessed with documentaries? I watch so many of them, mostly dealing with drug ...
BD66 comments on Oct 8, 2017:
Well made documentaries are so much better than most of the garbage on TV today. I'm a big fan of Ken Burns documentaries, and there are a lot of good documentaries on public TV. I'm also a big fan of documentary movies. Two of my all-time favorites are Hoop Dreams, about two high-school basketball stars in Chicago, and Racing the Rez. about two different high schools on Indian reservations in Arizona, that dominate cross-country running in the state of Arizona.

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