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Bryan/College Station Atheist & Freethinkers Message Board › Welcome New Members - Introduce Yourself Here

Welcome New Members - Introduce Yourself Here

mitch
user 10543165
Bryan, TX
Post #: 4
i left the bcs area around 10 years ago for work in west texas, now i'm back, i attended a meetup group of freethinkers in the permian basin, although not regularly due to crappy work hours. i enjoyed the company of other atheists, and look forward to the same with you guys.
A former member
Post #: 26
Howdy! I'm Joe Zamecki. You may remember me. :o)

There will be a rather large picket of Texas Governor Rick Perry and the American Family Association's big prayer/hate fest, in Houston, at Reliant Stadium, on August 6. We're expecting a couple hundred picketers, from several different groups and multiple movements.

Here's the Facebook event page for the picket: http://www.facebook.c...­.

We've also got a ChipIn module going, for donations to help pay the costs of holding this picket. Here's that ChipIn: http://stopthehate.ch...­.

We're going to buy some picket signs, some t-shirts, bottled water and some sun block. We're also going to rent a portajohn. Plus - big after-picket party in the patio at Joe's Crab Shack on the South Loop. It's going to be big, and fun!

Activism! Yeah! :o)
Joe Zamecki
Austin
Tuck
user 21546641
College Station, TX
Post #: 1
Hi all! This is Tuck! I've been to a few meetings now, but I'm just now getting on the message board here. I thought I would drop a line to introduce myself.

I'm originally from New Jersey, from a loosely Roman Catholic family. I went to college here at A&M and somewhere during high school and college I became an agnostic/humanist. I graduated and joined the Peace Corps briefly before returning to marry my sweetheart Cheryl. We've been Married for almost six years now. Sometime in the last few years I read Letter to a Christian Nation, The God Delusion, and a few other works which have pretty much cemented me as a solid atheist. My personal philosophy can best be summed up by saying that I have a love/hate relationship with humanity.

I work at Evans Library on A&M campus, in the Media & Reserves department, and I'm almost done getting my master's degree in library science online from University of North Texas. I'm something of a nerd and I love all things geeky. I'm an avid Roleplayer, I like computers, but I couldn't fix one if my life depended on it. I'm kind of an audiophile and I love all kinds of music from Rock to rap to techno to Country to Irish punk. As far as I'm concerned there's never been a genre of music without at least a few awesome songs in it. I'm also a gigantic comic book geek, and comic books are actually one of the focuses of my master's degree.

It's been really nice meeting all of you, and I hope to see lots more of you guys in the future. :)
Amelia N.
user 34115002
College Station, TX
Post #: 1
Hi! I'm Amelia. I was born in Bryan, but raised in Hearne/Mumford area.
So happy that this group exists. My two best friends just moved and so I've been pretty reclusive lately, simply because of the nature of most people here....you know what I mean.
I don't have a problem with others being religious, but I do have a problem when people "bless me" or pray for me. I don't know why, it just irks the craaaap out of me.
So anyway, I'm studying anthropology and can't decide if I want to focus on archaeology or cultural anthro...both so fascinating!
I am getting married to a man from the Buganda tribe in Uganda this summer, and next year I will be finished with my Associates degree. I plan on attending an International University there in Uganda. Super excited!!! :D
I love music, weird movies, and board games.
I read (maybe) a little too much.
I'm shy and quiet at first but once I get comfy, it's hard to get me to shut up.
My political opinion is that Anarchism is the only way to achieve a fair and equal society.
I have two dogs and four cats!!!
Hmmm...I think that's it!
Hope to meet you all soon! :)
Amelia
A former member
Post #: 1
Hey, my name is Alexa. I just moved to College Station to help my grandparents so I don't know anyone here yet. I'm originally from Dallas. I've noticed that people here give me hateful glares without ever speaking to me and I'm not sure why. Maybe someone can explain that to me sometime.

I am a professional writer, a world traveler, and I have cats and sugar gliders. I enjoy video games, thoughtful discussion, and people who don't act like dickbags. I am easy-going and generally a nice person.

I look forward to meeting you guys!
Jeffery T.
user 98091172
College Station, TX
Post #: 1
Hello, my name is Jeff. I am a 24 year old graduate student who recently moved to College Station from Indiana. I am working on a Ph.D. in chemistry and molecular biology. I was raised in an Evangelical household and deconverted my first year at university. Given that religion was such a huge part of my life I enjoy discussing religious beliefs with other people. I look forward to meeting some of you tomorrow at the meetup
A former member
Post #: 1
Hello!
My name is Laylah, I am a native of Massachusetts and a nursing student in my senior year at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Nursing is a second career for me, I am a former pastry chef. My husband and I may be moving to the College Station area (from Pearland) in May. I joined this group to meet some like-minded individuals.
William P.
user 204681056
College Station, TX
Post #: 1
Hey ya'll.

I'm William and I'm originally from the San Antonio area. I moved to B/CS to study mechanical engineering in 1990. Started a business while in school that did well enough that I left school my senior year to run it. You'd be surprised how many locals have similar stories. None of us ever planed to put down roots here until we were already stuck.

My father was an anthropology professor who thought I should be left alone on the topic of religious belief until I was old enough to make up my own mind. By the time I was introduced to the concept at around age 8 it was too late to get me to swallow what I saw as utter nonsense.

As a kid, circa 1970, I instantly learned that to suggest to my peers that what their parents had taught them might not be true was definitely hazardous to my health as I can't count the number of beatings I received over my spouting out what I thought to others. I also concluded that I was utterly alone in my conclusions. As far as I could tell I was the only individual on the planet that had figured out that religion had little to nothing to do with reality but rather was a social control mechanism. The school library had been swept clean of any books which might even hint at the possibility that the concept of god was up to question and no teacher was going to say anything lest they be fired and run out of town on the proverbial rail. I damn near got my high school history teacher fired when he got too close to agreeing with me in class one day.

The first time I heard another human cast doubt on religious belief was Carl Sagen in his Cosmos television series in 1978 when I was 16 and I suddenly realized I wasn't alone. Shortly thereafter I discovered a George Carlin album and then I knew there were three of us.

Being that my father was a college professor I'd always envisioned college as a place where I'd at last find "my people" but in one my first classes, astronomy, at the first class meeting the professor introduced himself and then warned us that if he disappeared in a puff of smoke while standing at the podium lecturing that we shouldn't be alarmed as it was only the rapture and he'd been taken up by god.

Oh well, so much for finding intelligent life on Earth......

Beyond college I had to become a chameleon changing my colors to fit any occasion and I can talk up Jesus with the craziest of fanatics and have them walk away secure in their beliefs. There's no place for ideals when it comes to business. It's one thing to drive people to the point of violence when your a young idealist but quite another when your risking the food source for your family.

The path I've traveled was the irritant I needed to grow the pearl of knowledge I now possess. I couldn't imagine any other solution to get me to who I am today and I reveled in every second of it, painful as it occasionally was.

I have literally spent my entire life in study and thought about the gordian knot of human society and how we've gotten to where we now stand as a species. The reason I'm regurgitating the tale of my life with respect to religious belief systems here is that I recently saw a study that showed that a whopping 30% of millennials were free of religious beliefs.

That was an atomic mind blower for me. I'm still picking up bits of skull in the room I heard that in.

This I HAVE to see for myself.

My theory on the progress of the species predicted that such a state was still several hundred years off. Being that I've yet to meet anyone with a PHd who wasn't a true believer, my model suggested that if religious belief gets in before education does then knowledge is subservient to belief. Even a relatively mild dose of religion in childhood appears to contaminate the mind for life. The only thing that I've observed that contradicts this theory and produces atheists is, oddly enough, catholic school. As little as a couple of years in that environment seems to produce militant atheists. Virtually every self professed atheist I've met in the wild had this common background.

Anyway, I can hardly wait to meet a few of ya'll and begin gathering data on what's changed that's made such a profound difference in this generation. This is without doubt the biggest alteration in the species to come along since the renaissance 500 years ago.
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