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Old 11-30-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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Just don't tell anyone you're an atheist and you'll be fine

Our culture and holidays are predominately Christian, IN GOD WE TRUST is our motto and on currency, churches everywhere, very religious people etc.

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Old 11-30-2011, 09:44 AM
 
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Not a single one of those questions are inherently theistic or require God(s) as their answer. "I don't know" is a perfectly acceptable reply. Children must be indoctrinated into believing in a god - and almost invariably it's the one their parents were indoctrinated into believing in.
A personal Source is ALWAYS requred for everything personal and where there are distinct traces of intelligence being at work . The OP will do fine as an atheist living in California just so long as he doesnt play the charade too vehemently in public otherwise someone will set him straight in an effort to snap him out of the excusal charade. Regards.
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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The OP will do fine as an atheist living in California just so long as he doesnt play the charade too vehemently in public
Right, don't wear your FSM hat out in public too often.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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A personal Source is ALWAYS requred for everything personal and where there are distinct traces of intelligence being at work .
Intelligence of course being the operative word. The god of the Bible is NOT in any sense a being of notable intellect. His emotional and intellectual capacity are strangely on par with the bronze age simpletons who created him. A creator of universes he's not.

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The OP will do fine as an atheist living in California just so long as he doesnt play the charade too vehemently in public otherwise someone will set him straight in an effort to snap him out of the excusal charade. Regards.
I would absolutely LOVE for you or any other of your little fundie friends to try and "snap me" out of my "charade". You'd learn quite quickly that the only charade going on is the storybook personal god and the afterlife you believe in...
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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A personal Source is ALWAYS requred for everything personal and where there are distinct traces of intelligence being at work . The OP will do fine as an atheist living in California just so long as he doesnt play the charade too vehemently in public otherwise someone will set him straight in an effort to snap him out of the excusal charade. Regards.
What a ridiculous statement to make.

Good grief, I'd love to see someone try that. I am an open atheist at work and no-one has tried to 'snap me out' of anything.

Utter nonsense.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:24 PM
 
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Hi - I'm soon to be moving to Monterey CA with my family, and my son will be due to start school. We're Aussies, and Australia's a very, very secular society. The only two people I know who go to church regularly are a very religious aunt and our military chaplain.
Oh, you're godless? Then come to L.A.! SoCal welcomes you! ETA: Oh ack, didn't even see that you said "Monterey"...well anyhoo, come on down and see us some time!

Just kidding...sort of! (a little humor from a fellow "non-believer")

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:34 PM
 
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I'm a she. And my children have never even heard the word 'God'. They're only 2 and 4, but I'll teach them about a number of different religions and will introduce them to the idea of accepting anyone regardless of what they believe.

0.075 what's the benefit in trying to 'snap' people out of anything? Would you appreciate someone who followed another faith trying to snap you out of yours? And sorry, I can and will be open about atheism where it applies. Unlike some, I don't see a need to go around trying to convince anyone who doesn't ask of my views, Here, for example, I'd be among the large proportion of parents who would opt their children out of any religious classes. I'm also strongly in favour of scrapping religion and chaplaincy programs from schools, as chaplains - rather than providing the secular pastoral care the program alleges - in fact often try to convert students in crisis. I strongly support the current high court challenge on that front, as I believe no public organisation for the use of all should ever 'choose sides' and favour one culture or religious group over another. In a secular society, religion should be approached in an 'each to their own' way. 0.075 is that so very hard to cope with?

You don't have to worry about me going up to random people, trying to convert them to my 'cause' because atheism isn't a cause. I'll be honest if someone asks whether I'm religious.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:44 PM
 
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A personal Source is ALWAYS requred for everything personal and where there are distinct traces of intelligence being at work . The OP will do fine as an atheist living in California just so long as he doesnt play the charade too vehemently in public otherwise someone will set him straight in an effort to snap him out of the excusal charade. Regards.
Do you live in Central CA?
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:48 PM
 
Location: NW NJ & SE Oahu
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Where's RM?
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Sitting beside Walden Pond
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I'd be among the large proportion of parents who would opt their children out of any religious classes. I'm also strongly in favour of scrapping religion and chaplaincy programs from schools
Do the Australian public schoold actually have "religious classes" and "chaplaincy programs"? I have never heard of things like that in Virginia, and I doubt they have that in California.

From what I read, California is pretty screwed up. One school even told its students they could not wear a shirt with an American flag because it might upset the kids from Mexico. Obviously, they consider Cinquo de Mayo (or whatever it is) to be more important than the American Constitution.
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