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Ruth M.

Organizer

Location:

Denver, CO
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Organizer since:

February 22, 2013

What factors influenced you to emerge as a non-believer in a believing society?

It became increasingly difficult to maintain my sanity within religious conversations by holding my tongue when scientific findings were shrugged off as 'an attack on religion'. Also, I grew up in a relatively christian home- we went to church 3 times a week and I frequently went to church/bible camp. After high school it became more obvious to me that my personal beliefs and morals severely altered from those of my church. So, naturally, I studied other religions to try to find one that fit me. I have read the Bible and Qu'ran multiple times as well as a slew of other religious texts. The more I learned the more I knew I was not religious. The only thing that made sense was science. As soon as I realized that, just like Santa and the Easter Bunny, God was a story that keeps us in check. And it was time I grew out of it.

What do you hope to get out of this group?

I'm aware that getting secular people involved is like herding cats. I was president of my secular student group at my university for 2 years. Having a place to go to and be able to share ideas on secular issues is something that I need.

What do you feel you can offer the group?

I am an 'out-of-the-closet atheist' and I am not ashamed of it. While I was in college I lead our secular group through meetings, events, and lectures as well as religious protests and encounters with the WBC. I'm willing to be involved and hope to be able to help out when I can.

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