May 5, 2012
Probably at least 15 years. I don't think it changed anything.
It was an offhand remark by a high school social studies teacher. He wasn't talking to me or addressing the class; he was having a private conversation with a student before class. There was a lull in the pre-class noise just as he said, "well, religion is just a way for man to explain the things he doesn't know." I didn't abandon my faith immediately, but that was definitely a trigger.
I'm from Bloomington-Normal Freethinkers, just wanted to keep tabs on central IL godless gatherings.