May 25, 2014
No one comes to mind.
There are so many, but examples are the Inquisition, or even current Islamo Fascists. The notion that one can force others to believe what one wants is really just so rich.
About 10-15 years ago. I'd hear the word "atheist", but it always came with a negative connotation. It was only at about that time that I realized there was nothing negative about it at all.
I was raised Catholic, but stopped practicing as soon as my parents allowed it. I've never been able to believe in what I can't see. My background is as a scientist, so I guess that makes sense.
Interesting, welcoming group. Thanks for organizing this, Paul.